Have a question you’d like to ask? I’m committed to giving individuals the best care and experience I can. There’s no such thing as a bad question when it comes to mental health. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths.
In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can therapy help me?
Therapists can provide a fresh perspective, support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, and stress management.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is that a therapist can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself.
Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if 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 alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
What can I expect to happen during our first session?
Many people may feel nervous about attending the first session. I make every effort to make this step easy and comfortable for you. The first session is really about getting to know each other and determining whether we’re a good fit. During the first session, we will briefly go over the forms you filled out ahead of time and any questions you may have. You are welcome to provide feedback, share only as much information you feel comfortable sharing, and determine whether we are a good fit for your therapy needs.
How long will therapy take?
Each therapy session is 55 minutes. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.
What is your cancellation policy?
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required in order to cancel without incurring the full rate session fee.
Accessibility and emergencies
I strive to return phone calls and emails within 24 hours. If I am unavailable, I encourage you to leave a detailed message and I will respond to your call or email as soon as I am able. In case of emergencies please call 9-1-1 or visit your local emergency department.