frequently asked questions
I am nervous about starting therapy. What should I expect?
Many people feel the same way when they first start therapy. Asking for help takes vulnerability and vulnerability can feel scary. So, let me help clarify some of the unknowns about therapy to help you feel a little more comfortable.
- Free Initial Phone Consultation. We will start with a 15-20 minute free phone consultation. During this conversation, I will ask you a few questions and offer you a chance to ask questions of me in order to help us determine whether we are a good fit. Finding a therapist who is the right fit for you and your needs is very important. If it feels like a good match, then we will schedule our first appointment.
- First Appointment/Session. The initial appointment will be an “assessment” session in which I will gather more information and we will discuss your goals for therapy. This typically involves a lot of questions. Our first session is not only a time for me to get to know you, but it is also a chance for you to get to know me and the way I work.
Do you accept insurance?
No, however, I can provide you with an itemized invoice each month that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Ask your insurance provider if they cover “out of network” services for mental health. Depending on your out-of-network coverage, psychotherapy sessions may be covered in part or in full.
If you have an HSA card, you are welcome to pay with that.
How long does each session last?
Most sessions last 50-55 minutes. When working with couples and families, however, I encourage them to schedule 80-85 minute sessions. Having more than one client in the room can make it a little more difficult to cover everything within a 50 minute session.
Generally, we will begin with weekly sessions. After a while, we may transition to every-other-week sessions, depending on your goals and needs.
How long will therapy take?
This varies broadly from client to client, depending on the client’s goals and needs. Sometimes therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or it can be longer-term to focus on more complex patterns or further personal development. We will regularly revisit your goals to assess how therapy is going and how you would like to move forward. You will always have a voice in the process!
I'm hesitant to start couples therapy because I worry you might choose sides. Do you take sides with one partner more than the other?
When working with couples, my client is the relationship. I am not concerned with taking one partner’s side or with deciding who is “right” or “wrong.” It is more important to me that both partners feel heard and understood as we move toward connection and healing.
We can't find a babysitter. Can we bring our kid(s) with us to couples therapy?
I know childcare can be hard to find and this can be a barrier for couples pursuing therapy. Unfortunately, I do not allow children to attend couples therapy sessions. This is because: 1) couples therapy will involve matters that may not be appropriate for children to hear or be a part of, and 2) having children in couples sessions may prevent you from being able to speak as openly as you need.
There may be times when we have family sessions which include other family members, but these are planned in advance and have a slightly different focus.
Note: according to our office policy, children under age 12 are not allowed to be in the waiting room unattended.
Can you talk to other people about me?
Everything we discuss is completely confidential, under the protection of HIPAA, with a few exceptions. These exceptions are spelled out in more detail in the disclosure form.
If it seems helpful or necessary for me talk with someone, such as a member of your family or healthcare team, you can complete a “release of information” form.
What is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)?
Emotionally focused therapy is a therapeutic approach used for couples and families that was originally developed by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. EFT draws from a variety of experiential approaches as well as attachment theory, viewing relationship patterns in terms of attachment bonds. In other words, the nature of the bond between individuals influences the way those individuals behave with each other. So, when we feel securely bonded to another person, we act differently than we do when we feel insecurely bonded.
By paying special attention to emotions and relationship bonds, EFT seeks to help partners identify their current cycles of interactions and what drives those cycles, and then helps partners establish new ways of interacting with each other based on stronger and more secure bonds.
What is Lifespan Integration?
Lifespan Integration (LI) is a gentle, body-based method of therapy which focuses on the mind-body system for healing. While working with individuals who have been impacted by trauma and stressful life events, LI heals without re-traumatizing. In addition to trauma, Lifespan Integration can help with attachment issues and anxiety. Learn more about LI here.
I noticed you specialize in working with eating disorders and couples. Does that mean you only work with people who fit into those two categories?
No! I have the passion and expertise to work with disconnected couples and people dealing with food and body issues, but this is not all I do! In fact, many of my clients do not fit into these two categories at all.
Scroll through my “who we help” page to learn more about some of the other kinds of clients I work with.
If you are still unsure if I’m a good fit for your needs, feel free to email me.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel a session, please do so at least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged a late cancellation fee.