What is therapy?
Beginning therapy is a courageous step toward being your healthiest and most authentic self! But what exactly is therapy? Also known as psychotherapy or counseling, therapy is the process of meeting with a licensed therapist in order to go on a journey of self-discovery wherein you will discuss, explore, and heal feelings, relationships, behaviors, beliefs, moods, and somatic (sensations in the body) symptoms. The intention of therapy is that the growth, insights, and changes that you experience will allow you to live the best possible life, facing challenges with a newfound resiliency and strength.
What can I expect?
Good therapy will be tailored to you and your experiences and therefore no one can tell you exactly what your therapy process will be like, but here are some things that you can expect. Expect that your therapist will be someone who supports you, listens attentively, models a healthy relationship experience, gives you feedback, and follows ethical guidelines. Expect therapy to be non-pathologizing, empowering, centering, focused, empathetic, courageous, often deep, and at times imperfect. Expect that your therapist will challenge and encourage you to think and behave differently. Expect the process to be directed in part by you and that you should have some intentions/goals when coming to therapy. Expect to put effort in between appointments completing assignments such as journaling, reading, meditating, and/or reflecting. Expect 55-minute sessions weekly, bi-weekly, or bi-monthly depending on your needs.
Is what I share in counseling confidential?
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance between a client and counselor. In order for growth to be made, a high level of trust needs to be present, thus everything that is shared within the session is kept confidential. Confidentiality, and its limits, will be discussed in more detail in your first session and is explained in detail within the therapist’s “Informed Consent.”
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
My hope for therapy is that each of my clients ends up feeling more authentically themselves in various moments of their daily lives. In addition, what you learn in therapy may improve your relationships, increase positive neuropathways in the brain, decrease negative thoughts and feelings, decrease unwanted behaviors that come from “reacting” to our feelings, decrease stress, increase shame resiliency, and increase life contentment.
Fees & Payment
Regular appointments are $136 for a 55-minute session. The initial intake appointment, lasting 90-minutes, is $160. I accept cash, check, HSA, or credit card payments.
Prior to your appointment please check your insurance carefully. Be aware, and make a print out for me, of what your medical copay, deductible, and coinsurance are prior to coming for your first visit. This ensures that I collect the proper payment at the first visit. Without this I charge in full for the first visit ($160) and then I will verify your benefits myself after the appointment and credit your account accordingly.