Frequently Asked Questions
The very fact that you are reading this says it is about time. If you are just starting to think it might be time, we urge you to schedule an appointment; as the sooner you are able to address the issues, the quicker you will be able to overcome them. Many people wait until the issues in their lives get miserable before they decide to get help. Other questions that can help you clarify your need for therapy. 1. Is there a persistent problem, condition, and way of feeling or upset that has been bothering you for a while? 2. Is there something that you want to change in yourself or your life? 3. Are you tired of having the same conversation about something over and over in your head or with your friends, yet nothing seems to change? 4. Does the issue feel too big to tackle by yourself? 5. Are you tired of feeling the way you have been feeling? 6. Are you finally ready to do something about it? 7. Are you at a point in your life where it does not make sense to you why you are feeling the way you do?
You really need to meet me face-to-face in order to get a good idea of what I’m like as a person and as a professional. At our first meeting you should keep these questions in mind: -How easy is it to talk to him/her? -Does she/he seem like somebody I could trust? -Is she/he really listening to me? -Does he/she seem to know what they are doing? -Does he/she seem confident and competent? -Do I feel comfortable with her? -Could I ever show this person the deepest, ugliest parts of myself? -Does he/she seem to have the capacity to handle me
I use the two words interchangeably. Not everybody does, so this is a great question to ask. I use both words because different people relate to one word more positively than the other. Some folks prefer the word counseling, others prefer therapy, so I use them both.
Yes. By law, I am bound to protect your confidentiality. The exceptions to this are related to child or elder abuse, a threat to harm another person or if you are in danger of self-harm. If you want to use a third party payer to pay for therapy it will be necessary to provide the information required by your insurance company which will likely include a diagnosis. If this is the case I will discuss with you what is disclosed to an insurer.
A friend or family member is not professionally trained to help you grow, heal and change. It's likely that your friends and family have been giving you their best advice for some time now, and if it were sufficient, you probably wouldn't be reading this. But here is why your friend's advice is different from a therapist. Your friends want to maintain your friendship so they will probably tell you what they want to hear. Also, they will give advice that is based on their life’s experience. A trained therapist is interested in helping you find your own answers by helping you connect with what is true and right for you.
If you will be using your insurance, cost will vary based on your individual plan. We will call your insurance well before your first session and get all of that information for you and communicate back to you before the first session.
Typically when you first begin, we will see you weekly (although it could be more or less based on your individual situation/need). You and your counselor will work as a team to devise a plan that works best for you.