I have never talked to a therapist before. I am used to handling things on my own. Are people who go to counseling weak?
Not at all. People who asked for help and know when they need it are wise. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that will get you back on track.
What are the benefits from online therapy?
One of the most important benefits of online therapy is accessibility. Online counseling allows you to connect with a counselor and increases your chances of finding the best match for your needs. Online counseling is efficient, if you work full time chances are your time is limited, with online therapy you can schedule on the go for a time that is convenient for you. Privacy and Confidentiality plays an important role as well. Online counselors use a HIPAA compliant platform to ensure confidentiality.
How long does counseling take?
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the length of counseling, so it is difficult to predict until we begin working together. Typically, clients commit to counseling for 3-6 months and progress is measured monthly.
How often do we meet?
I have found that meeting weekly improves your progress and helps you reach your goals quicker. For that reason, I meet with my clients weekly. We will establish a set to time to meet each week and that will be our reoccurring weekly appointment.
Hold up, you doing too much! Why do we meet so much?
Doing healing work at the level that will sustain long-term change takes time. It’s a commitment. Clients that invest in the time get better faster and with less relapse into old patterns.
Do you give homework?
Yes, especially in the beginning. I will suggest things for you do to at home that supports the work we do in session. I have found that clients make significantly faster progress when they do the homework. Much of the homework is to support the integration of the deep work we do in session.
What can I expect to happen during our time together?
Generally speaking, during the first 1-2 sessions, we will do a thorough history and really get to know you. By the 3rd session we work to establish your goals for treatment. The next 3-4 sessions, we will develop a tool kit for dealing with the current stressors that brought you to counseling. In the last part of therapy, we will do "the work" to help heal the roots of problems that brought you to counseling.
What kind of results can I expect from counseling?
My clients learn how to redefine strength, feel less anxious, more in control of their thoughts and emotions and less reactive in their relationships. Overall, they are to shift their perspective, reduce their fear of being vulnerable, and respond calmly respond to situations in life, rather than be feeling out of control. At the end of therapy, they feel more peace and calm and aren’t limited by old worn out ways of viewing themselves They experience a new level of freedom and authenticity.
What if I need to cancel our appointment or I get sick?
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, so if you need to cancel, make sure you give me 24 hours notice to avoid paying the late cancellation fee, which is the full session rate. I offer phone and video sessions in case something happens last minute that prevents you from coming to your appointment.
What is your availability?
I see clients in my office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6 pm to 10 pm. and on Sunday evenings from 12pm-6pm. I currently have a few limited openings for new clients.
Do you take insurance?
I am not contracted with any insurance companies directly, however, I do offer a Superbill, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement using your Out-of-Network benefits.
I am ready to get started. What do I do next?
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if I am the right counselor for you. Schedule a consult now.