Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question you’d like to ask? I’m committed to giving patients the best care and experience I can. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions.
How do we get started?
The first step is to call to arrange for a free phone consultation. In this call I will be able to get a better sense of why you are seeking therapy. If you choose to schedule an appointment, I generally spend 1-2 sessions gathering background information so we can collaboratively develop a treatment plan. I will send you a number of forms to fill out prior to the initial session to obtain some basic background information.
What kind of therapy do you do?
I generally utilize cognitive-behavioral therapies in my practice, which means I examine the kinds of beliefs you have about yourself, others, and the world, and explore the impact these beliefs have on how you interact in your life experiences. I often utilize the acceptance based therapies, a subset of the cognitive-behavioral therapies, which focus on normalizing the presence of psychological pain and creating space to allow for these painful experiences while pursing meaningful lives. I take careful consideration of your developmental course in examining how your early relationships and experience form your underlying beliefs. As you increase your insight into these areas, it allows for meaningful and lasting change.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance but many insurance plans offer out-of-network benefits. I can offer you receipts for sessions, which can include a the diagnosis and billing code, to supply to your insurance company.
How long does each therapy session take?
Therapy sessions are generally 50 minutes long, but modifications to the length of a session can be made per therapist-client agreement. The duration of treatment is based on each individual's specific goals for treatment and a collaboratively developed treatment plan.
How do I determine if a therapist is a good fit for me?
There are several factors that go into determining if a therapist is a good fit for a client, including: the therapist's specialty, training experience, theoretical orientation, treatment approach, and interpersonal style, among others. No therapist is perfect for everyone and it often takes some time to determine if a therapist has the right "feel". I often recommend thinking about what your chief concern is and whether or not a therapist has specific expertise in that area. If you decide to seek treatment with me and it is not the best fit, I will work with you to offer referrals for people who may be better suited to help you.