Is therapy for me?
I am a firm believer that almost everyone on this beautiful planet would benefit from therapy. There are various reasons people seek therapy; some come because they are feeling anxious or depressed. Some people simply come out of a desire to know themselves greater and find growth and renewal in their lives. Many people come to process traumatic or upsetting events that plague their thoughts or impact their daily functioning. Couples attend therapy to prepare for a life together in marriage or to repair something that feels broken. Therapy can benefit most anyone if you’re wanting greater self-awareness and understanding, are willing to put in the work required, and are ready to make the commitment to the process.
What is therapy like?
Therapy is most definitely not like what you see on movies and television shows! My husband laughs at me whenever we see a television or movie portrayal of a therapist because I often will say, “That’s not what its like!!” You won’t be lying on a couch (unless you want to) while I sit out of eye sight writing notes on a pad and only offering an occasional “mmm-hmm.” I want the process to be comfortable, sometimes fun, definitely supportive, interactive, and most of all welcoming and compassionate. You won’t find judgement here. What you will find is a journey where I get to know you, your struggles, your hopes, and what you want most out of our time together. I will ask questions, yes, and I will also challenge you. But the hope is that through all the work and talking (and hopefully some laughing!), you will find a life of freedom and healing from the struggles that brought you in.
The first several sessions will be about us getting to know one another. During our very first appointment, we will meet for an hour and a half, and I will take a comprehensive assessment (and if you’re a couple, you will do an assessment online as well). Usually this “intake” process takes 2-3 sessions. I will get to know your life, your patterns, the things you like and don’t like, and together we will develop a plan to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. In the beginning, we will meet weekly. There may come a time where we both feel that lessening our time to bi-weekly or once-monthly fits our goals and strengths, and we will decide this together. There’s no set timeframe for the length of therapy, but if you promise to come ready to do the work, I promise to support you to get you where you want to go.
Is what I say in therapy confidential?
Absolutely! Not only is it an ethical violation for me to take anything you say outside of the therapy room, it is also a high value of mine for you to find our time together to be a safe space. Your story is precious, and I take your trust very seriously. With that being said, there are a few situations where I legally am required to break confidentiality for the sake of your safety and of those around you. This includes: any knowledge of child abuse, elder abuse, or dependent adult abuse or an intent to harm yourself or someone else. I will do my best to inform you of any action I intend to take, however, this is not always the case. I am also an associate level therapist which means that I am under supervision by another therapist who may come into knowledge about details of your treatment. This will be further discussed in our initial sessions.
Can we meet online?
Yes! I offer in-person and online therapy sessions, and if we find it appropriate, we can do a hybrid of both. For couples therapy, I prefer in-person due to the dynamics of having more than one client in the room. If you have questions about this, please feel free to ask. We can discuss internet needs and other logistics during your free initial consultation.
How much does it cost?
Please visit my contact page for more information. In addition to the hourly fee, couples should expect an additional $35 fee for the online assessment. Group members may be required to pay an added fee if any materials are required for participation.
Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance and do not process insurance billing for clients. Insurance companies need to know quite a bit of personal information from therapists that also then becomes part of your permanent health record. Because of this, I operate through private pay. This is to keep your information and life confidential, and so that I can keep doing what I love (therapy!) instead of spending lots of time with the commitments of insurance companies.
Am I “crazy” for coming to therapy?
Often times, this is how mental health is portrayed in the media and our culture. No, you are not “crazy.” Everyone needs help now and then. I find that my clients are the strongest, most brave individuals I’ve met. It takes a lot of courage and strength to make the choice to come to therapy for help. And I have found that when you realize that you need help and reach out, you are actually more strong that you know.
What do I have to do? How can I be most successful in therapy?
I’m so glad that you’re passionate about your own health! Showing up, trusting me, yourself, and the process, being willing to do the hard work, and sticking with it are some of the best ways you can be most successful. The people who do these things, I find, see the most change and positive growth from their time with me. I won’t say therapy will always be simple and easy, but I do promise to walk with you through the highs and lows of our time together.