Struggle. Growth. Transformation.
How does therapy work?
Psychotherapy incorporates evidence-based practices to help you manage stressful events more effectively. The relationship built between the provider and client is the basis for all effective therapeutic work. It is very important that you feel comfortable working with me. Part of the goal in our initial contacts will be for you to get to know me and the way that I work. If, for any reason, you decide that another provider might work better for you, I am happy to provide referrals and help you transition to another caregiver.
Therapy is different from any other kind of relationship in your life. I provide specific knowledge and expertise relevant to your concerns. The agenda is focused soley on your needs. The office provides a degree of privacy and confidentiality that is usually not found in even the most significant relationships. Talking through problems is part of the process, but I will also offer you new skills, insights and perspective on your situation. Together, all of these will help you move through life’s challenges to new areas of growth and transformation. You will find yourself coping with challenges in a new and more effective way.
Reaching out for help is usually the hardest part of the process. I strive to make the initial contact as easy as possible. You can reach me by telephone, or by filling out the contact form on this website. I am happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about my services prior to scheduling the first appointment.
During the first appointment, I will go over office policies, including confidentiality. You will have ample time to share your concerns and motivations for therapy. I will ask pertinent questions and offer my professional recommendations. Together, we will develop specific goals for therapy and determine the best way to meet those goals.
Psychotherapy is most effective when sessions are regularly scheduled and attended. I will work to accommodate your schedule to make this as easy as possible. I am available most days and evenings of the week, as well as on weekends. The number of sessions is determined by the type of work you desire to do and can be adjusted according to how quickly we are meeting your goals. You are always free to discontinue treatment at any time.
Often, psychotherapy alone is enough to reduce distress and increase coping skills. Occasionally, medication can be helpful. If a consult for medication is right for you, options may include working with your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. If you are already taking medication, I will collaborate closely with your prescribing physician to ensure that you are getting the best results possible.
The goal of therapy is always “no more therapy.” Although there are many benefits to long term psychotherapy, much work can be accomplished within a brief, short-term model as well. During treatment, we will often review the goals we have set and assess any progress made. Together, we will determine when it feels right to discontinue regular sessions. You are always welcome to return to therapy at any time in the future if the need should arise.
In most cases, payment is expected at the time of service by cash, check or credit card. I am happy to work with you in order to access any insurance benefits you may have. I am currently in the process of becoming an “in-network provider” for several major insurance carriers. If I am not listed as an in-network provider for your insurance policy, you may be entitled to “out of network” benefit coverage. Please check with your insurance carrier to determine the coverage benefits you may expect. I invite you to contact me to discuss any specific questions or concerns you may have about payment arrangements.