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  • FAQs

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    I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

    What’s the difference between Life Coaches and Therapists

    The differences between Coaches and Therapists is that, therapists tend to focus more on the past or present while coaches tend to focus on present and future. Therapists are often more focused on cognitions while coaches are focused on behaviors.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

    How long will it take?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.

     

    What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

    A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

    • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
    • Developing skills for improving your relationships
    • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
    • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
    • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
    • Improving communications skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
    • Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
    • Discovering new ways to solve problems
    • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
    How much does therapy cost?

    Rates

    Counseling rates for individual, couples or family:

    30 minutes – $80 (virtual only)
    50 minutes – $150 Individual in person/online
    90 minutes – $185 couples/families
    120 minutes – $225

    Intensives-

    30 minute set up over the phone (not necessary for  established client) after initial set up we schedule a 3 hour session at $300 on a Wednesday.

    Please note I am an out-of-network provider and do not accept insurance. A discounted rate is available for first responders and active military – please contact me for details.

    Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. I also accept Venmo or Paypal payments.

    Clients can request a receipt of services to submit to their insurance, which may provide personal reimbursement depending on the benefits of your insurance plan.

    Bypassing insurance helps to avoid limitations and restrictions regarding diagnosis, allowed number of sessions, or constraints on types of therapy.

    *Investing in therapy is investing in yourself. The short-term financial commitment is worth the long-term emotional gains.

    What can I expect from therapy?

    I am a “client lead” therapist. This means I meet you where you are.

    There are times I will challenge a thought, or encourage you to try a different perspective. All with respect and keeping your dignity in mind.

    Together we will come up with a plan that is tailored to these needs and expectations as well as your short and long term goals for therapy. I will make recommendations on frequency of visits as well as offering additional resources for in between sessions.

    Understand, change takes time, rarely happens in first few sessions. A session lasts 50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes.

    I’m with you the entire way always holding space making sure you’re safe and comfortable. For therapy to “work,” you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.

    Is therapy confidential?

    In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

    Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

    If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

    If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.

    What if I cannot make it to a session?

    If you fail to appear for the scheduled appointment (whether virtually or in-person), and/or fail to give a 24-hour notice of cancellation, you will automatically be charged the full cost of the appointment.

    When you schedule an appointment, that time is reserved for you and/or your family member. As the client and/or caregiver, you are responsible for scheduling and cancelling appointments. This policy is in place to respect the time of both the provider and all clients seeking access to therapy services. Cooperation and courtesy are important in the therapeutic relationship.

    It is understood that emergencies may arise. In these situations, it is my decision whether to waive these charges.

    Edited to note: If you are sick and/or noticing symptoms of Covid-19, please call as soon as you notice the onset of symptoms. Together, we can discuss fees, reschedule your appointment, or determine if a telehealth visit would still be possible.

    Do you offer on-line therapy or additional services?

    In addition to in-person, office visits, telehealth sessions via Zoom Healthcare (a HIPAA-compliant platform) are also an option for anyone seeking services.

    Typical appointments are 50 minutes in length but extended sessions can be arranged by request. In some circumstances, may consider it appropriate and/or beneficial for you to have an extended session of 90 or 120 minutes. On these occasions, prorated fees will be discussed, agreed upon, and clients will make the ultimate decision as to whether or not to pursue extended session. These fees will be determined on an individual basis and a free phone consultation will be required to ensure your needs and goals are within the realm of services.

    What happens during my first session?

    Typically we will be building rapport, I will be listening and assessing your needs and expectations as you explain your situation and the events leading to you research therapy. You can feel free to ask anything, say anything.

    How can I get started?

    To get started simply call, email or text me to let me know you’d like to start sessions. We can have a short conversation about any questions you have. We schedule an appointment once I know your time/day preferences. I will need an email and phone number to send you intake paperwork from Simple Practice.