Frequently Asked

Do I need therapy?

I believe we can all benefit from the support of an unbiased third party from time to time. No challenge, however small, is insignificant if it matters to you; therefore, if you are struggling in any area of life, therapy helps. I’m still constantly surprised by how much it can help to simply have a safe place to say things out loud.

How do I know if therapy is/you are a good fit for me?

If you like what you are seeing here, the next step would be to make an appointment. If you’re not comfortable with the session, you don’t have to reschedule… but it’s a bit like dating: you can only tell so much from a computer screen. Face-to-face engagement is required to truly know your comfort level.

Will you be offended by my alternate lifestyle?

I will not judge you for consensual expressions of your identity or sexuality. I work with individuals and relationships of all orientations, including but not limited to those who may identify as LGBTQ. One of my patients refers to me as being “freak-friendly.”

How does therapy work?

Getting started is easy: simply call or email to request an appointment.

On your first appointment, you’ll want to give me enough background to feel comfortable that I “get it.” Keeping a notebook or journal is helpful but not necessary. I let you set the pace, based on your comfort level, but I’ve found that meeting weekly while I’m getting to know you and then every 2 weeks thereafter is a good rhythm for most.

How can therapy help me?

Those who have never been to therapy are often relying on coping skills they developed by age 6. While those skills may have worked at the time, a child copes from a place of concrete concepts, magical thinking, and helplessness. Sadly, most people never learn anything else. It takes intention to upgrade our coping skills to reflect more sophisticated thought processes … and to recognize that as adults we are not helpless.

How long does it take?

It totally depends on your objective. Some people come in one or two times to talk through a specific issue or have hypnosis for release of baggage or a habit; others come routinely for years because they find it helpful to stay engaged. Please understand, however, that my job is to help you achieve your goals; ultimately, you decide how long it takes.

Is what we talk about in therapy confidential?

Absolutely, yes. I have been teased by family members for my extreme respect for your privacy, but it is important to me. Having said that, there are some legal exceptions:

  1. Reports of ongoing child abuse.
  2. Threats of eminent danger to self or others.
  3. Court-ordered disclosure.

Because I do not receive insurance reimbursement, there is no necessity to keep written records.

Do you take insurance?

No. When you choose to utilize insurance, you give up a high level of privacy. All medical records are online now. While most companies take great care to keep those records secure, hackers are constantly out there seeking your personal data.

What about medication?

Medication can be a game-changer when it works. I tell people that Prozac changed my life. But medications come with side effects and many times do not have the desired effect. I am supportive of the route you choose and will help you decide. I am not, however, a prescriber; you will need to see your GP or psychiatrist for that.

What are your fees?

One-hour sessions are $125.

What is the difference between therapy and counseling?

These words are generally used interchangeably. Lately, I find people thinking I’m referring to physical therapy when I say therapy so I end up using the term counseling to avoid confusion.