You Ask - I Answer
HOW DO I KNOW I NEED THERAPY? CAN'T I JUST TALK TO A FRIEND?
While our friends can be supportive and a source of wisdom, they aren't trained to provide objective feedback. Therapists are third-party, trained professionals who have spent years practicing how to help diagnose and treat emotional, behavioral, and relational issues.
Another difference is that friendships are reciprocal. There's a natural back-and-forth. In therapy you have a space to focus intently on your issues without needing to give any emotional support back. Think of it like a college course where you can do an intensive study in you.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
Most sessions will last about 60 minutes. It is helpful if you think about what you want to work on before coming to your scheduled session. This allows us to process any "road noise" quicker so we can dive into the work you want to do. The last 5 minutes will be reserved for finishing up the session and taking care of scheduling and billing.
WHAT IS THE FIRST SESSION LIKE?
The first session will be about getting to know you. I'll invite you to share about what you want to work on in therapy and what you're hoping to accomplish. I'll also go over any paperwork or assessments that are relevant including prior experience with therapy, substance use history, and trauma history. Feel free to ask questions about the process- we're working on building a collaborative relationship.
WHAT IS CONFIDENTIALITY?
Confidentiality is a legal requirement that therapists have to keep your personal and health information private. It means that what you share in therapy stays there.
Limits to confidentiality (times I would have to share what you tell me with someone else) include risk of homicide, serious risk of suicide, neglect or abuse of older adults, and sexual abuse or assault of anyone under the age of 18. Please send me a message if you have additional questions about confidentiality.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THERAPY?
We are a private practice that is considered out-of-network. This means that you will pay for sessions out of pocket then seek reimbursement through your insurance company. Reimbursement rates are dependent on your specific insurance plan, so it's recommended that you contact your insurance company to discuss your Out of Network Benefits. We choose not to directly contract with insurance companies to be able to provide people with holistic, comprehensive care. The time it took to fight with insurance companies to get paid was taking away from the time we could invest in our clients. Insurance companies require labels and diagnoses and dictate which therapeutic interventions can be used in session. Having a diagnosis can cause difficulties, such as being used by insurance companies as a "pre-existing condition" or grounds for denial of admission to the military. Working out of network allows me to work with clients without having a diagnosis on paper, letting you maintain your privacy, and your options. Offering private-pay allows me to provide the care clients need, and to have more time to dedicate to your sessions.