Frequently Asked Questions

If you have never been in therapy before, the very idea can be intimidating.  You've seen enough TV shows and movies to have a pretty good idea that the person sitting across from you will ask about your childhood while writing on paper and nodding- maybe a general "and how does that make you feel?" thrown in every now and again.  Not exactly appealing.  Not exactly correct, either.

Are you accepting new patients?

I am only accepting new patients for morning appointments and am not adding to my evening wait list.

What should I look for in a therapist?

Good therapy starts with connecting to the therapist.  Do you trust this person?  Are they respectful of your time and your privacy? Are they interested and engaged?  Do they offer outside perspectives and challenge you to rethink some ideas? Are they empathetic?  This is what you are looking to find.  

How long should I expect to be in therapy?

You might attend therapy for just a short while to get over a hurdle you're facing.  You might attend longer to understand patterns and events in your life that have held you back.  Often, clients will come for a while and then need time to work on what they've learned before they return.  

How long is each session?

Your first session might take a little longer than usual- just about an hour.  After that, sessions are between 45 and 55 minutes, depending upon your insurance and your needs.  It's important to be prompt for the appointment, so you don't lose any of your time.

Do you accept insurance?

I believe strongly in using insurance for medical needs, and that includes therapy.  My list of contracted companies is on the Insurance tab. If you do not have one of these insurance options, I offer private payment options and documentation for out of network coverage. 

What should I bring?

Make sure you have your insurance card, photo ID, and copay.  

Does everyone cry?

Most people don't consider therapy fun, but it can be very empowering to show your most vulnerable self and be accepted.  You probably won't cry every visit, but if you do that's ok.  

The first couple of sessions are the hardest.  There's paperwork, of course.  And the initial telling of your story which is difficult.  But beyond that, there's the opportunity for connection and healing, which makes all the worry about starting worthwhile.