DO I HAVE TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION?
No. If you’ve checked out my website or Psychology Today profile and feel like I would be a good fit for you, you are welcome to call or send an email to schedule. We will chat for a few minutes about the process, I will gather some basic information from you and if everything looks good and you would still like to proceed, we can move forward with scheduling.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST SESSION?
The initial session is the time for you to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to change. Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if we are a good fit. Do I seem like someone you can trust? We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together. You will begin to figure out some goals; I will begin to figure out how to help you get there.
HOW WILL I KNOW YOU’RE THE RIGHT COUNSELOR FOR ME?
The only way to know for sure is to come in for a session. Most people have a good sense of whether I am the right professional to help them within the first two sessions. However, I have tried to provide you with information on this website, on Psychology Today, and Instagram. Reading my entries over several days will give you a sense of who I am and how I work. If you feel like I am not a good fit I will help you find someone who is!
DO I NEED COUNSELING IF I HAVENT HAD ANY MAJOR TRAUMAS?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. If at any time during the process you are unhappy or unsatisfied with the relationship or experience, you are encouraged to let me know and bring this up during the session so we can work together to make a plan that is best for you!
WHAT IS COUNSELING LIKE?
Counseling is different for everyone. In general, you can expect to discuss what’s going on in your life, explore your personal history as it relates to your issue, and report progress or any insights from the previous therapy session. Based on your needs, therapy might be short-term and cover a specific issue, or longer-term to address difficult patterns or on-going personal development. Either way, it’s common to see your therapist on a regular basis–often weekly or biweekly.
Keep in mind that therapy is an undertaking where you get more results if you actively participate in the process. We may suggest things you can do outside of therapy to support your process: reading a book, journaling, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People who are successful in therapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and are ready to take responsibility for their lives.
IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?
Confidentiality is one of the most important parts of the relationship you have with your therapist. Your therapist will provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent.” Sometimes, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to report the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Yes-I am approved to provide service for Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Tricare. I am currently in the process of being approved for Unity Point. Your insurance company may have Out-of-Network benefits that you could be reimbursed for. Typically Insurance plans cover all or most of the cost of therapy services. I also accept self-pay.
I’M UNSURE ABOUT TELEHEALTH, HOW DOES IT WORK?
When you become a client I will set you up with a client portal account. When it is time for your appointment you will enter your portal and click on a link to start the video session. You can do this from any device with a camera- including a call phone. The software is HIPAA-compliant and secure. I suggest that you have a strong internet connection and find a quiet and private space to chat. I am happy to help you with any technology problems that arise.
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