Frequently Asked Questions
What will we discuss in therapy?
At first we will work on getting to know each other. I have some questions that will be sent to you ahead of time that you will submit in writing. When we talk, we will review how life has been for you and your family. We will also discuss relationships, medications, and social stressors that can cause us to feel unwell.
How long will therapy take?
Therapy can be as brief as a few visits to as long as years depending on the severity of the problem area and how long it has been going on. Some people need targeted work on a specific area (public speaking skills, work conversational skills) which will require much less than someone receiving depression or anxiety treatment. You’ll get a better estimate after you complete your first 1-3 sessions.
Will you prescribe medication?
No, my license covers my work in therapy and coaching, but does not allow me to recommend or prescribe any type of medication. You will need a referral to a psychiatrist or MD for prescriptions.
I feel like I have my problems under control. Do I really need therapy?
When you feel that “things are under control,” you may be surprised to learn this is when therapy can be most helpful. When you don’t feel the urge or need for therapy, we have the opportunity to evaluate your coping tools, try on new ways of dealing with things, and even recognize signs and symptoms that have been hidden underneath all the stress.
Why do people go to therapy?
To learn how to feel or behave in a way that helps them in life. Therapy can help with a variety of problems ranging from emotional symptoms, marital or dating problems, dealing with habits, and even learning how to speak in public among others. Some therapy is focused on talking out our feelings while others will focus on learning new coping skills.
Will my insurance cover our sessions? How does that work?
I am not listed under your insurance (except medicare), so you will not be able to use IN NETWORK insurance benefits. I will provide you an invoice that you can use to bill your OUT OF NETWORK benefits. Please keep in mind that your co-payments and deductibles may change when you see an OUT OF NETWORK provider. I will offer you instructions on using a third party app that will help you with submitting your own insurance benefits.
What if I cannot make it to a session? What is your cancellation policy?
I am not listed under your insurance (except medicare), so you will not be able to use IN NETWORK benefits. I will provide you an invoice that you can use to bill your OUT OF NETWORK benefits. Please keep in mind that your co-payments and deductibles may change when you see an OUT OF NETWORK provider.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Yes. There are a few exceptions as to why something would not stay between us. If you tell an attorney about our work together, they could ask for me to release those records. I can also talk to medical and legal professionals on your behalf if you require emergency care. This could involve a hospital admission or referral to other providers who can provide the level of care you need. If you dispute a charge on your credit card, I can release information that proves you were treated for a valid service for purposes of collections. If you threaten someone’s life, I have a duty to warn them or notify police about the threat.
What if I don’t want to talk about something?
That’s okay to not want to talk about something. This just shows me that we are not at that place in therapy where you are ready to go there. If I ask you something that feels too much, you are invited to tell me how you need me to treat you. I honor our relationship and want to be the person to work with you, not to lecture you.
Do you have evening or weekend availability?
No evening or weekend availability. I reserve this time for family and self care time. Since I live with chronic illnesses in my family, we honor our time together so that we can grow strong and remain resilient. Many of my clients tend to use lunch breaks or get special leave called FMLA (family medical leave act) which can grant you special exceptions to your work schedule so that you can attend appointments online. Smaller employers will not have FMLA, but may be willing to work around your needs if request a special accommodation such as making up your lost work time during that same week. Since our sessions are video based, you will only need an hour off.