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FAQ

Do you have a physical office or are you only online?

I do not have a physical office location. I really appreciate the flexibility I’m able to provide my clients by working online, and it works really well for a lot of people.

But how does online therapy work? Are we just going to be texting?

When I do online therapy, I do it via video chat.

If you’ve ever used FaceTime, then you get the idea; but I use a platform that is HIPAA compliant to protect your information better.

That’s actually kind of cool. Do I need to be on a computer?

Many of my clients prefer using a computer, because you don’t have to hold it/adjust it as much – and it’s easier to get eye contact. But, certainly, if you feel more comfortable on a tablet or you have to use your phone in a pinch… that will work just fine, too.

What are your hours?

I am available Monday through Thursday all day and into the evening.

If you have high scheduling needs and you’re having a hard time finding someone that can work with you, let me know what you need. Part of the beauty of online therapy is that I am able to be more flexible.

How long are sessions?

Sessions are 55 minutes.

How much do you charge?

$225 per session.

Do you take insurance? Why or why not?

I do not accept insurance directly, but I can provide a “superbill” so that you can use your out-of-network benefits. Let me know if you have questions about this process.

Many bigger counseling agencies that accept insurance are able to do so because they have a dedicated member of their team to coordinate with insurance. Since I’m just me, I’ve determined that I am able to be more useful and available for my clients when my work is just focused on helping you achieve your goals.

How do I set up an initial appointment?

Call or email me today, and we can set up a time to talk for about 10 minutes on the phone. This gives you a great opportunity to ask any lingering questions you may have, and it allows us both to make sure I’m the very best person to be supporting you right now.

Not sure? Call me, and we’ll figure it out together!

What is your cancellation policy?

I ask for 24 hours’ notice if you are not going to make it to an appointment to avoid getting charged for the session.

That allows me to make sure that others have the opportunity to be seen during that time, as I save your appointment time especially for you.

What age range do you work with?

If you are 15 years old or older, then I will work with you. 🙂

Do you work with women? Men?

At any given time, I would say that about 60% of my clients are women and 40% are men. I wouldn’t say that I have a preference.

What do you actually do in sessions with clients?

Good question! I know that the idea of walking into something completely unknown is daunting, and therapy is a completely different experience depending on the therapist with whom you work.

I would say that the first session (or two) is mostly my trying to get a handle on who you are, what’s happening in your life, and how you got here. I ask a ton of questions, we get more comfortable with each other, and, by the end of the first session, I like to be able to identify some things that it makes sense to both of us to work on or explore in more depth.

After that, I will always start by asking you how your week has been. If you have something bothering you, we’ll explore that together conversationally, keeping in mind the reasons you came to me in the first place.

If you had a quiet week, we will go back to one of the major reasons you started coming and work on that together. Some of my clients are surprised to notice that sessions with me really just feel like a long conversation instead of talking to a wall.

Do your clients receive assignments to work on between sessions?

As a client, I have a hard time completing “homework” per se, so I’m sensitive to that; but I also feel that it’s helpful for a lot of people to have a way to focus their energy and take the content of our session into the rest of the week.

I will distill the session into a couple things to “notice” or “practice” through the week so that it’ll help while at the same time feel sufficiently relaxed, so people are not set up for failure (or perceived failure).

What modalities do you use in your client work?

I adore using Internal Family Systems and Gestalt to help people work through old stuff that still feels as though it’s affecting them.

I do all this from a frame of mindfulness and Carl Rogers-esque person-centered therapy.

What is your professional training and experience?

I have spent a large amount of my career working with people who act out with either substance use or angry outbursts.

I have worked with domestic violence (offenders and victims – separately, of course), substance use, and sexual assault.

I have taken (and loved) a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class, and I am currently focusing my energy on becoming more proficient in Internal Family Systems.

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Aren’t cat people snooty?

I don’t think I’m snooty, although you are free to disagree. I am a cat person, but, hey… we’re all entitled to our opinions, and I don’t discriminate against dog people.

How does being a therapist impact your relationships? Do people get tired of your therapizing them? Is “therapizing” a word?

I anticipate that being a therapist will annoy the living shit out of my daughter when she is old enough to know what I’m doing. But, to be fair, her developmental task around that age will require that she be annoyed by me anyway.

I don’t find that it affects my relationships too much otherwise. If I’m going to be honest, I think being a client in therapy has affected my relationships much more (positively).

And it’s a word now! Or… at least I’m going to use it.

Are you still going to like working with teens when your children are teenagers?

You know, time will tell. I can make a case for both.

Currently teens are some of my favorite clients, and I feel like my week isn’t balanced if I don’t have at least some teens to work with. Also, teens and I read the same books, so it helps to have something in common. 😉

Is therapy scary? Can it be fun?

Honestly, therapy is really scary, because you’re talking about all the stuff you’ve been spending all week avoiding because it’s uncomfortable.

But I am a firm believer that it can be fun, too. I guess you will be the judge of that.