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I’ve never talked about this with anyone. What will therapy be like with you?

First of all, congratulations on taking the first step on your journey. My main goal for our sessions is for you to feel safe, welcomed, and free to be as you are. In our first sessions, I’ll ask some questions to get to know you and your needs better. You’ll have the opportunity to tell me your story and ask any questions. Nothing is off limits, and I invite you to let me know if there is something you want me to know, even if you think it’s not relevant! Anything you think is important, is important to me. Let’s have a chat and get to know each other.
I’ve never talked to anyone. What will therapy be like with you?

How often will I need to see you, and for how long?

Sessions are about an hour long, and how often you see me will vary based on your needs. I mostly see clients once per week, but some I see more frequently, and some less frequently. It's difficult to say how long you'll "need" therapy for, as each person is different and in a different stage of functioning. Ultimately, therapy length is up to you, and we can always discuss your thoughts on how you'll know when you're ready to increase, decrease, or terminate sessions.

Do you offer in person sessions?

I only offer telehealth services through a HIPPA compliant video platform. I believe therapy should be accessible and flexible in order for it to be most effective. Telehealth allows you to fit therapy into your schedule easier by eliminating any need for drive time, and allows you to choose a comfortable and confidential location that feels right for you.

What techniques do you use?

All techniques and theories that I use are evidence-based, and widely accepted including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I tailor my therapeutic approaches to each individual client, and will sometimes weave in other evidence-based techniques based on your unique needs. 

Do you take insurance?

I am not in network with any insurance companies, but can provide a receipt for out of network reimbursement. Insurance companies can limit the effectiveness of therapy by reducing confidentiality, limiting how long and how often therapy can be done, and sometimes not recognizing certain diagnoses. That being said, I recognize that in some cases insurance can help pay for therapy. When we talk, we can discuss fees and payment methods to be sure that it is right for you. If you find that despite these limitations you would like to use your insurance, I would be happy to try my best to help you find a provider who takes your insurance.

Will you write a letter or reference for me? What about attending out of session meetings or something?

Generally, I will not get involved in out-of-session happenings due to the increased confidentiality risk of having a third party knowledgeable and involved in our work in therapy. That being said, if there is a true need for this, we can discuss a plan of action. Please be aware that I do not under any circumstances involve myself with legal or court matters. 

If you have any other questions that you didn’t see the answer to here, please feel free to reach out!