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  • FAQs

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

    First of all, congratulations on taking the first step on your journey. My best piece of advice going into this is good news; going to therapy isn’t like a job interview! I’m not here to judge you. My only motivation is to help you be the best version of yourself. In our first sessions, I’ll ask some questions to get to know you, your goals and needs for therapy, and 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.

    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. Instead of asking my clients to conform to one therapeutic approach, I tailor my therapeutic approaches to each individual client. We may use one primary approach, or we may use techniques and theories across the spectrum throughout our time together.

    Do you take insurance?

    Not at this time. There are a variety of drawbacks to taking insurance including reduced confidentiality, and constraints to how and when therapy can be conducted. 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.

    What are your views on diagnosis and medication?

    Diagnosis can help guide a treatment plan in therapy. I prefer to see people as individuals rather than a set of symptoms though, so diagnosis is not the only factor in choosing your treatment modality. Diagnosis can be helpful by validating symptoms and guiding treatment though, so I am always happy to discuss diagnosis, and help you understand their meaning for you. In terms of medication, this can be an incredibly valuable tool when used in conjunction with therapy. It is your choice if you would like to pursue the tool of medication, and I am happy to work with you to find a prescriber (please note that only doctors and certain other medical professionals can prescribe medication, so while I can help you find a prescriber, I am not one myself).

    Will you write a letter or reference for me?

    Please note that in any situation where a third party is involved, there is a confidentiality risk. By asking me to speak on your behalf, you are accepting that certain aspects of our work together will be known by others. If this is something you consent to, I will write specific letters that are relevant to our work together and appropriate given the client-therapist relationship.

    How long will it take to reach my goals?

    Because each person is different and their needs vary, this will vary too. There is no “set” time for how long you’ll need therapy. Throughout our time together, we will check in about your goals and how you are feeling about the therapeutic process to get a better sense of whether therapy is still valuable for you.

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