Is psychotherapy right for me?
The reasons for seeking psychotherapy, and the potential benefits, are wide-ranging. Many people request psychotherapy for symptoms or problems that have persisted in spite of efforts to resolve them by other methods, such as symptoms of depression or anxiety, problems balancing life’s demands, or interpersonal conflicts. Others find psychotherapy useful as a conduit for self exploration, discovery, and growth. Research supports psychotherapy as an effective intervention, alone or in conjunction with other treatments, for many mental health matters. Good psychotherapy is flexible in its approach to meet your individual needs. The approach that is right for you will depend on a number of things, including the urgency of your concerns, coping skills and resources available to you, and your overall health. During assessment, the question of whether or not you may benefit from psychotherapy will be explored in an attempt to identify the most suitable action plan for you.
What can I expect in the beginning?
I offer an initial 15 minute phone consultation at no charge to assess your therapy needs. From that consultation, we may decide to schedule an intake appointment. A more in depth clinical assessment will take place in the first several sessions, and usually includes, but may not be limited to, gathering information about the concerns that brought you to therapy, along with relevant personal history, identifying therapy goals, addressing questions you may have, and coming to a preliminary agreement about your treatment. I may offer interventions for symptom relief during the assessment phase, as needed. If by the conclusion of the assessment it is determined that you might be better served elsewhere, I will make a reasonable effort to assist you in obtaining appropriate services.
Is this confidential?
Confidentiality in therapy means that all information you share with me is kept private. Your privacy is very important to me, and is firmly guarded. However, there are a few, rare exceptions to confidentiality, when I would have an obligation to intervene, such as when there is concern about harm that may come to you or others, or if records are subpoenaed for a legal proceeding. I am happy to answer questions about confidentiality and its limits during the initial consultation.
How long will I need therapy?
Some people notice improvement within a few sessions, while others experience change over the course of longer term work. The duration of therapy depends on a number of factors, including but not limited to the issues you present, your treatment goals, the style of therapy that best fits you, and other resources available to you. In the assessment phase, we will consider your objectives, along with my recommendations, and come to an agreement about the terms of your treatment.
How does online psychotherapy work?
Online psychotherapy is new to the field of mental health, and is gaining popularity as a convenient and discreet treatment modality. Online sessions may be especially beneficial for those whose circumstances preclude in-person appointments. Sessions are offered through Thera-LINK, a secure video chat forum specifically designed for the provision of psychotherapy services. The use of Thera-LINK requires a free one-time registration, which is designed to protect your identity. Through this program, we will be able to see and talk to each other much like we would if you were in my office. Online psychotherapy is not for everyone, so please call to discuss whether or not it is right for you.
How much does it cost?
My fee is $135 per individual session, and $165 for couples. I have a limited number of sliding scale openings. Please call to inquire about availability, and if you qualify for a reduced fee.
Can I use my insurance?
I do not work with insurance companies directly. This is in the interest of protecting your confidentiality, keeping treatment decisions in our hands, and otherwise maintaining the integrity of our work together. I am happy to provide a monthly invoice, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please check with your insurance provider regarding out of network coverage.