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What is therapy and how does it work?

 

Therapy is an intentional place for you to be seen and heard.

 

It’s an opportunity to get to know yourself, gain insight and awareness, improve relationships, and feel free to fully express yourself in a confidential environment.

 

The point of therapy is to help YOU understand YOU in a deeper way.

Will it even help me?

Therapy offers a choice: you can unconsciously continue repeating the same patterns, while feeling stuck in your own habits and captive to your upbringings.

 

OR

 

You can step back and gain insight and awareness into your actions. That’s how you change. Most importantly, for therapy to be successful, you need to show up on your own accord.

 

And… no, you don’t have to lie on a couch!

What is a first session like?

Our first session will be a 50-minute intake session, so I can get a more detailed sense of the support you need and goals you have for therapy. If we’re a good fit, we’ll schedule a consistent weekly appointment time.

What is your rate? What form of payments do you accept?

My fee is $200 per 50-minute session- couples is $275 per 60 minutes. I offer sliding scale fees for some clients that cannot otherwise afford therapy- this is based on income of the client, and therapist discretion as well as 

how many slots are available. Right now, all sliding scale are full at this time.

I accept cash, venmo, zelle, HSA cards, FSA cards and all major credit cards as forms of payment. Some plans cover out-of-network provider services, it is the client's responsibility to check on thei insurance policy. 

Do you take my insurance?

 

I take Triwest, MHN or HealthNet (NO EAP at this time) unless it is through Headway which you as the client have to call customer service and set that up. I also take : Aetna, Oscar, Oxford Health and United

Healthcare. Soon I will be able to take Cigna as well through Alma (helloalma.com) (December 2023).

Please contact your insurance provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.

I provide monthly invoices for clients that are eligible for reimbursement through their insurance company.

If you would like to use insurance please check your coverage by asking the following questions:

Do I have outpatient mental health benefits?

How many sessions does my plan cover per calendar year?

What is my deductible, and have I met it this year?

How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network mental health provider?

How much money does my insurance cover per therapy session?

 

How often do I go to therapy?

 

Therapy is most effective with consistent, weekly attendance.

 

I typically recommend that you come in every week initially, as it helps us to develop rapport and get your therapy into a flow.

 

After that, every two weeks seems to work well. After a time, you could come in once a month for maintenance or to have accountability toward your goals.

 

We’ll work on a plan that makes sense for you.

What is expected of me? Can you guarantee I will feel better?

Since we will likely see each other for one session per week only, the work you do outside our sessions will also accelerate your progress.

 

You want to be successful. You’re curious about your inner world and want to understand what motivates you.

 

The more committed you are to the work, the quicker you’ll enjoy lasting and sustainable results.

 

Like with most things, you get out what you put in.

 

Once you have achieved your goals and decide to conclude therapy, you’re always welcome to return at any time should new developments emerge!

When does therapy end?

That depends on you.

 

Though that sounds vague, it has a lot to do with your mindset.

 

Usually, therapy comes to an end when you feel you’ve achieved your goals. This may be anywhere from 3-6 months to a year or more, or you may want to work continuously.

 

When you do feel you’re ready, make a positive ending by setting a date and attending a final session.

 

This will give us a chance to review goals achieved and make an aftercare plan about what your life will look like after therapy.

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