Read some frequently asked questions below.
What usually prompts your clients to seek counseling?
What will we do or talk about in counseling sessions?
Looking at how problems began, or the “root causes” of the issues bringing you or your teen into therapy can provide the most long-lasting changes. It’s an important step that we must get to. However, in the beginning we will start with some basics. This includes things like building coping and calming strategies as well as healthy emotional expression or communication skills.
Keep in mind that the benefit of just letting feelings out is huge. Often, young people feel like they can’t or don’t know how to talk about their feelings. This leads to bottling them up until the stress of doing so becomes overwhelming. The good news is, counseling can help figure out how to express those feelings in a way that works! In sessions, you or your teen can lower defenses, talk freely without being judged, and learn strategies to communicate more effectively with others so that needs can be met in a more effective way.
How can I tell if a therapist is a good fit for me?
It’s important to feel like you connect with someone if they’re going to be your counselor. There are a few ways that you may go about figuring that out. One way is the “you’ll know when you know” method. Another option is to do a little research and see if anyone specializes in the problems that are bringing you to therapy. Most therapists offer consultations to determine if they will be a good fit for you. I offer a free 15-minute consultation for people interested in therapy. In the end, it really is your decision. If nothing else, you deserve to decide on your therapist. For parents, it’s important to let your teen have plenty of input in choosing their therapist.
I take a lot of pride in handling things on my own – Are people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. In fact, it takes a tremendous amount of courage to ask for help. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you vs. my best friend or family?
As a mental health professional, I can help you approach your situation in a new and more objective way. I will teach you new skills, help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential – You won’t have to worry about others knowing your personal business. Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Since each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Check out the service page that best applies to you for more detailed information.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is tough to answer on a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of treatment depends on a number of variables including your goals, your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Quite simply, your active participation and dedication will be the biggest determinants to your growth and success.
Can you provide excuse notes for missed school?
Absolutely! Most schools regard attending therapy appointments the same way that they do doctor appointments. If I have a release to speak with your school, I may even communicate with them directly to arrange for an on-campus, private space for sessions.
How do I schedule my counseling appointments?
The quickest and easiest way to request an appointment is through the client portal (yes, even if you are a new client!). Alternatively, you can contact me via phone, text, or email to schedule an appointment. I am generally available during my office hours, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. However, you’re welcome to reach out at any time. If I don’t answer, I’ll make sure to get back to you within one business day. If you have an emergency please visit your nearest emergency room or call 911.
Can you tell me more about your free consultation?
It’s important for you to feel like you’re making the best choice for yourself in finding a counselor. Generally, consultations last about 15 minutes via phone or online. During this time, I can answer any questions you have or we can just chat and get a sense if there’s a connection or not. The most important part of this consultation is determining if you feel like we would be a good fit to work together.
Do you take insurance?
I am out of network for all insurance providers. However, I am happy to provide a superbill for services which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
What is a Superbill?
A superbill is a detailed document that allows clients to bill their insurance company directly. It includes information similar to an insurance claim form, such as the date of the service provided, procedure codes and a total balance due/paid.