Therapy is unlike any other kind of relationship, and so learning how and why this is so, is a very natural place to begin. I have a lot of experience with first time therapy clients -- I also was once a first-time therapy goer myself -- and so I understanding what it's like to wonder and have questions about how 'to do' therapy. Just know, if you're having questions about this, that's a natural topic for us to begin with.
As you settle in, we will focus on what brings you in right now -- either as an individual or as a couple.
You can share with me whatever you wish according to your readiness to do so, and you can trust that whatever you share will be held in complete privacy following all confidentiality laws and practices that govern my profession.
My own first goal is to earn your trust, by creating a relaxed and welcoming connection with you, so you can feel comfortable in our work together. As I learn and come to understand you and your goals, I can offer suggestions, along with my reasoning for doing so, but mostly I will follow your lead and be there to support you each step of the way.
Therapy moves at a pace suited to each unique individual or couple, and given that each person and couple begins, and continues along the way, from wherever they are in life, or due to what ever it is that calls on them to seek out growth & healing work, the length of therapy is highly variable.
Along the way, your awareness of welcomed changes will guide your decision-making. And while I will always be focused on your goals and be attuned to your progress, you will be the best judge of how this is going, and the best decider in continuing with therapy.
Progress can be experienced as a calming or relief, feeling more connected, increased trust within yourself, a new sense of enthusiasm, and better functioning relationships.
Progress also comes from increased control over your thought patterns, emotional experiences, or welcomed behavioral adjustments that serve you.
Progress also comes from discovering new ways to respond to external events or people in your life, and certainly the fading of any specific symptoms that have caused you suffering, to name just a few ways you will experience that therapy is working for you. The measure of progress is always related to where you first begin.
I have a competitive standard fee for peers of my training and experience, which is $150 for a 50-minute session; longer sessions are an option, and are typically scheduled in advance, and carry an additional per-minute prorated charge based on your fee.
Session frequency is weekly at the beginning, and can increase depending on need and/or progress, and decrease as we transition to complete therapy.
I'm happy to discuss any additional fee & scheduling questions by phone.
If you plan to use insurance, just know that I am an out-of-network provider.
This means at the end of each month or every two months I will provide you what is called a 'Superbill', which is a statement noting payments you've already made to me, along with all other information required by your insurance carrier for you to submit a claim for reimbursements. Reimbursement will be determined by your insurance provider, according to the details of your specific policy.
Most insurance companies provide Summary of Plan Details on their website, according to each Plan type they offer, and here are some essential questions you may need to find on-line, or ask your insurer:
If you plan to make use of what benefits to have, I will assist you in how to submit a claim, as well as providing any support along the way needed to complete the process with your insurance carrier.
Scheduling a first appointment is easy to do, and is always done during our first phone chat. At that time, I'll let you know what available openings I have, and we'll figure out what works best for you.
My office days and hours are:
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