I offer counseling for adults. I do not work with couples or teens and kids but I will be happy to refer you to my trusted colleagues who specialize in working with couples and teens/kids. Please keep in mind that ‘counseling’ and ‘therapy’ are words that are used interchangeably.
During your first session you will tell me your ‘goals of therapy’. As we progress I will come back to those goals periodically to determine which ones we have reached, which ones still need to be addressed, and which ones need to be re-evaluated or fine-tuned.
I could fill up this space with the names of the different styles of therapy that I utilize but it wouldn’t mean a whole lot to you. What is important is that my degree (master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy) prepared me to use many different theories and therapy styles, depending on the needs of my client. I have a strong preference for therapy that is ‘brain based’, so we will have conversations about how your brain and nervous system work together to create your unique responses to what is happening in your environment.
Yes. I encourage clients to email and/or text me between sessions as needed. I encourage journaling and letter writing to explore issues we may be working on in session. Sometimes clients find that what we do in session doesn’t ‘sink in’ for a day or so, and when it does they want to send me an email about an ‘aha’ moment. I usually respond within a few hours but it may take up to 24 hours.
No, I do not. Some insurance co-pays are comparable to my rates, and some insurance plans do not pay anything until you have reached a significant deductible. Insurance companies often require sensitive information in order to pay a claim, even when reimbursing for “out of network” fees. They also have the unique ability to later decide there was a problem with a claim and require clients to ‘pay back’ fees they feel are unnecessary. Because of these issues I have decided not to participate with insurance companies.
My fee for a 50 minute session is $125. I charge the same for the 50 minute session whether it is an initial intake, an individual session or a couple’s session.