Do you accept any kind of insurance?
I currently accept Aetna, Cigna, and Optum.
For others, I am happy to fill out any documentation you need to get reimbursed. Please know that insurance reimbursements are often complicated and depend on diagnosis. I encourage everyone to call their insurance directly to learn about their own mental health coverage.
Do you offer services on a sliding scale?
Because I believe in accessible mental health care and supporting new professionals, I have made space in my practice for a limited number of sliding scale treatments. Please check with me directly and we can discuss options. If I cannot meet your needs, I possibly can refer you to someone or an agency that can.
I’m not sure what I need or what to do.
Often, we are unsure of what we need and whether or not therapy is the answer. I can offer a free initial phone consultation to support you in identifying what the next steps are for you. I can provide my initial clinical impressions and thoughts regarding what you or your child are going through.
Do you take credit card?
Yes, my preferred payment is credit card payment.
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 talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
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 to Expect In Your First Coaching Session?
During the first session, your coach will kick things off with an introduction to what coaching is and what you can expect during the session, including reviewing confidentiality (nothing you discuss is shared with anyone outside of the coaching session unless you request more support or need crisis resources). They will then ask you a few questions to better understand what you hope to get out of the coaching experience and what a successful experience would be for you. By setting expectations up front, the coach will be able to better help you identify personal goals and take steps towards achieving them.
In subsequent sessions, the coach will follow up on any action items to understand their impact and you will together come up with next steps.