Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in the first session?
I usually start with new clients by explaining a few things about how I work:
- I ask how the lighting is and how the furniture is arranged, and if you would like to make any adjustments. Additionally, I keep a variety of blankets, pillows, and fidget toys to be used as needed.
- I sometimes lie down, stand up, and sit in different positions during sessions (including on the floor), and I encourage you to do what feels right for you
- I explain that this is not the place to worry about making sense, being politically correct, or being polite -- this is a safe space, free from judgment, where you can feel comfortable expressing whatever you need
- I acknowledge that even if we share certain characteristics like culture or ethnicity, we all had different experiences, and if I misinterpret or misunderstand something, I encourage you to correct me (I won't be offended!)
- I'll ask questions to understand why you're here and how I can best help you, but I encourage you to tell me what feels relevant to you, even if I don't ask it. If you're not yet ready to talk about something, that's perfectly fine too. We'll go at your pace
- I'll take notes during the first few sessions (my memory isn't perfect!) as I learn what brings you in
- I'll encourage you to ask me any questions you'd like (at any time during our work together). I like to work transparently, and I'll often tell you why I'm asking a particular question or what I'm thinking/feeling listening to you
What happens after the first session?
I encourage clients to "therapist shop" -- to meet / speak with multiple therapists before deciding which feels like "the best fit." (For more info, see my blog "7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Therapist").
Many therapists offer brief in person / phone consultations to "try someone out." Don't hesitate to ask for this! I offer a free 15-minute consultation (via phone or in person).
If you decide to continue with me, here are some things you can expect:
- If you come in with something already on your mind, we'll start there. But if you have no idea what you want to talk about, not to worry. I'll ask you questions until we find something you want to discuss.
- We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll feel angry (sometimes even with each other). I welcome all emotions, and value all aspects of the healing process.
- We might spend the whole time talking, or do some combination of things like:
- art therapy: drawing, sculpting with clay, coloring, crafting with yarn, popsicle sticks, etc (not just for kids! My adult clients usually love this. And if you don't, then we can go back to talking)
- movement: standing, stretching, shaking our bodies, creating movements to express ourselves, reenacting scenarios / role playing
- sound therapy: I have singing bowls I can play in session that often help emotions flow or provide relaxation
- guided visualizations: great for relaxing, letting new thoughts / feelings sink in, and exploring insights from deep within
Do you offer a sliding scale?
I offer a limited number of sliding scale appointments based on financial need.
What form of payment do you take?
I accept cash, check, and credit cards. Payment is due at the beginning of each session.
Do you take insurance?
I currently do not take insurance at this time. However, I will gladly provide you with a superbill (an invoice showing dates and charges of services) that you may submit to a third party.
There are also services such as getbetter.co that assist with managing healthcare claims.
If you intend to seek reimbursement from your health insurance company, you are advised to contact them prior to our first session to ask them the following questions:
What is my deductible?
What is my co-payment?
How many sessions will be covered?
What percentage of my bill will be reimbursed for services provided by an out-of-network provider?
What if I can't come to your office?
Sessions can be held in person at either of my two office locations, over the phone, or via secure video conferencing. Online therapy can be a convenient option to in-person therapy. For privacy, I use a HIPAA compliant, secure video platform.