How will talk therapy help?
Gone are the days when a therapist would only nod their head and repeatedly ask emotionless “how does that make you feel?”.
As a therapist, I am engaged with my clients in trying to help them understand their issues better. Together we will work to find positive ways of coping with and managing your stressors.
Therapy can also help you see yourself and your problems in a different light, often a client will say to me “huh, I hadn’t thought of it that way” as their bodies relax and hope for change emerges. People will often ask “how will talking help? it won’t change anything”.
Let’s say you’ve lost somebody you loved dearly, no, talking won’t bring them back, but discussing your feelings about this will allow you to process these emotions which leads to healing. Emotions don’t go away when we ignore and avoid them, they build up until we burst and/or they can manifest physically as illness and pain. But therapy can help you to acknowledge and release whatever issues and emotions you’re holding on to.
Can’t I just talk to a friend?
Yes, you can and should talk to friends and family but there’s really no equivalent to having a totally objective person to process things with.
Therapy is such a unique relationship because it is completely one sided in your favor! So every session is just for you with no worries or obligations about anybody else’s needs or feelings.
And, although I do get emotionally invested in my client’s well being, I am emotionally objective in a way that friends and family can’t be.
Can I do just coaching or just therapy? Does it have to be both?
Some people are just coaches, some are just therapists. I decided to integrate both skills into my practice. I find that utilizing both helps people more efficiently. However, if you are only interested in therapy, or only in coaching, that is no problem. As I have said, I treat each client individually, so we can create a plan and approach that will work for you.
What are your hours?
I will make every effort to find a convenient time that will work for you. I offer evening hours at least twice a week..
How long is a session?
Individual sessions can be 45 or 60 minutes, it’s your choice. Couples or family sessions are 45-60 minutes.
Do you take insurance?
I am only in-network with Aetna through Headway. You can use this link to connect with me and use your Aetna benefits.
I am considered an out-of-network provider for all other insurances. My clients pay me each session by cash, check, credit card or HSA (Health Savings Account) card. I provide a receipt that can be submitted to the insurance company and, if there are any out-of-network benefits, you will be reimbursed directly. Under the law, health care providers must give clients who don’t have certain types of health care coverage or who are not using certain types of health care coverage an estimate of their bill for health care items and services. A “Good Faith Estimate” will be provided prior to the first session.
How long will this take?
I wish I could tell you. Everybody is different and there is no magic number of sessions that it will take for you to reach your therapy goals. Please don’t believe anybody that tells you they can “cure” you in a certain number of sessions.
There is no way to know how a person will respond to therapy or how long it will take. But take comfort that many people after an initial session or two report feeling more hopeful about their future and feel relief knowing they are getting the support they need.
What is your approach?
I do not subscribe to just one type of therapy, I tailor to each person’s needs. I do subscribe to a positive approach though because I do not believe that people need to be “fixed”. By trying to fix ourselves, implies that we are broken and I do not believe this. We are all works in progress, constantly learning and growing.
How often should I come?
The average frequency of therapy is once a week. I do handle this case by case though, and if somebody requires more or less than that we can certainly discuss what would be in your best interest.