Therapy

What Happens?

I provide therapy for clients in individual, couple, or family counseling sessions. My approach is trauma informed and acknowledges the mind/body connection in mental wellness. This means we look at how stress is affecting not just your thoughts, behaviors, and relationships, but also your health and manifestation of physical symptoms. Techniques are strength-based and Solution-focused in nature, and I may also use other therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, play, narrative, and art therapy.  Modalities and techniques used are based on individual client needs and founded on significant clinical research.

Sessions are 50 minutes in length. 

My office hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 12pm-8pm.

Can Therapy Really Help?

Therapy can give you support, validation, coping skills, and strategies to change your perspective and your behaviors, especially around relationships.  It can give you greater peace of mind and help you tolerate difficult feelings and situations. As your therapist, I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to express yourself authentically and through this relationship you may feel that I “get” you in a way that no one else has. When this happens, it is extremely powerful and transformative. 

Please remember, therapy is for you, alone. It cannot change other people or external circumstances. Therapists provide psychoeducation, feedback, and guidance, but they don’t give advice or answers. If you’re new to therapy, or are exploring unprocessed trauma, it’s important to know that therapy may make you feel worse before you feel better. We work through this with open communication and unconditional support.

I can’t tell you how long it will take for you to feel better. But, generally, the more you put into therapy, the more you’ll get out of it.

I follow the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics to provide competent and ethical treatment services.

Some of the issues I treat are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Trauma
  • Complex PTSD (children and adults)
  • Abandonment/Attachment
  • Marriage/Partnership Conflict
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Loss or Grief
  • Family Conflict
  • Identity/Sexual Orientation
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Spiritual Concerns
  • Relationship Issues
  • Transitions
  • Loneliness

Fees

I do not accept insurance at this time though I’m generally able to work with clients to fit budget needs (such as offering a sliding scale). This is considered private pay, it doesn’t access or go through insurance in any way.  I can, however, give you a Superbill if requested. I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Payment is due at time of service.

Individual: $120 for a 50 minute session. 

Couples and Families: $135 for a 50 minute session.

**A sliding scale fee is available and usually starts at $75 but can be negotiated depending on need.

Cancellation: If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact me at least 24 hours ahead of time to avoid being charged for your scheduled session time. 

Paying Out-Of-Pocket

Some of the benefits of paying out-of-pocket for services are:

MORE CHOICE

Sometimes, people are referred to certain therapists by close friends (or someone they trust), only to find out that therapist doesn’t accept their insurance. You may also find that when you use your insurance to cover therapy, you are often restricted to “in network providers.”  Some insurance plans also limit the type of service you can receive and the number of sessions you can attend in a calendar year. Simply put, paying for services out-of-pocket allows you to choose the therapist that you would like to see, without the hassle of figuring out co-pays or in some cases getting pre-authorization for treatment, or being limited to a set amount of visits per year.  I cannot emphasize enough that relationships and trust are built over time, and a good Client-Therapist relationship is known to increase positive treatment outcomes.

GREATER CONFIDENTIALITY

Therapy often includes sensitive information that you may or may not want to be shared with others. When providing therapy services using insurance, at minimum, a therapist must submit a claim with a mental health diagnosis to ensure that services are “medically necessary.” Many clients choose to pay out-of-pocket to keep their information private rather than have it recorded in their permanent health record.

NO CRITERIA

Some people seek therapy due to poor communication or for relational difficulties. Some may simply be wrestling with inner conflict or decision making, and personal discernment. Some folks seek therapy as a preventative measure to learn new skills or prevent problems from getting worse. For these reasons and many others, individuals may not meet criteria for a clinical mental health diagnosis. Paying out-of-pocket allows you seek therapy simply for personal growth.