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    Are you new to therapy?

    I’ve never been to a therapist. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all! People who ask for help know when they need it and are courageous to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. It can be difficult to be alone with our thoughts and emotions, and is helpful to explore them with a therapist for a new perspective.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend?

    Having friends to talk to is important, for sure, and you’ve likely already done that. Perhaps I can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain fresh perspectives, and create different strategies. I listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you truly listen to yourself.

    Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business,” accidentally sharing things you’ve shared in confidence, or giving you unsolicited advice.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. I have good knowledge of many psychotropic (mental health) medications, as well as naturopathic supports, and have access to medication consultation if medication is something you take now or are considering.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Initially we have a brief telephone conversation, which allows me to learn what you want help with. This chat helps me to assess if I’d be able to help, and gives you a chance to see if I am a good fit for you. If so, then we schedule an initial therapy session of about 75 minutes. Alternatively, we can first schedule a 15 minute “meet and greet” for you to meet me and see my office space before we have our initial session.

    What we do in a session depends on your needs. It does involve talking, and often incorporates learning different calming techniques, methods to help you meet your goals, and processes to help you heal. I can give you a sense of what therapeutic approaches we might use once we discuss your concerns.

    How many sessions will I need?

    The number and frequency of sessions depends on the complexity of your needs, how these needs evolve, and what you are able to commit to. If you would like, I can give you an estimate of how many sessions we might need based on what you initially tell me you want help with.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions! First and foremost, I ask you to have compassion for your situation, and be honest with yourself and me. With my listening, our curiosity, your active participation, and our connection, your therapy is very likely to be fruitful.

    Why do you not accept insurance?

    Choosing to pay privately (as opposed to through your insurance directly) helps to ensure your utmost confidentiality and privacy in our work. Information about the nature of your treatment and the issues discussed in sessions remain solely between you and me. I do not need to release your confidential health records to any third party without your consent, and the duration of your care is determined by you and me, not an insurance company.

    Not spending my efforts on pursuing insurance payments from each unique policy allows me to invest more time and energy focusing on your needs, maintaining my ongoing education and training, and remaining fresh to best serve you.