Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
No. They don’t pay enough, they are a pain in the butt, and they compromise your privacy in a big way. I would rather be spending my time and expertise on your treatment and not chasing some payment. I do provide superbills and invoices upon request that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. If you have questions about talking to your insurance or want to know what questions to ask to see if they will cover out of network providers, let’s chat.
Hmm. Do you take THIS insurance, though?
Nope, not even that one.
What can I expect when I come to see you?
You can expect professionalism, respect, and compassion. We will usually meet for a 50 minute session where we will discuss openly and honestly the issue at hand. Together we will create attainable goals that you will accomplish with hard work. Sometimes, sessions will be happy, celebratory, or reflective, other times they will be difficult, intense, and painful. Pain and trauma are not things I typically shy away from. In my experience, psychotherapy is an excellent container for the exploration and interpretation of emotional distress that may be caused by a painful history, relational patterns, or ongoing family dysfunction. In any circumstance, the point of our meeting will be to help you feel heard and supported as we uncover a place of health and growth in your life.
What peoples, problems, and dysfunctions are you comfortable working with?
Having worked with the full spectrum of adult mental disorders and difficulties, there is very little that I am not feel very comfortable working with in adults. The exception is couples - I am not interested in doing marital counseling. I can work to alleviate pain, process trauma, heal relational dysfunction, or simply provide health maintenance.
Do you work with Children?
I do work with children in therapy - a field that feels more slippery and every-growing. But I am dedicated to growing and learning with it. I can work with social problems, behavioral problems, chronic anxiety, and parental confusion (that’s a REAL thing when you have a troubling kiddo). I am a generalist, available for a wide spectrum of needs.
I don’t know - I think I’m struggling with something weird.
Cool. In the situation that you are struggling with something that I have little or no experience, and I cannot find a specialized source to whom I can refer, then I will proceed with transparency. Due to the underserved nature of our community and the almost rural nature of our available services, with your permission I will do my best to attain expert supervision from a qualified professional so that I can continue to work with you. It is unfair that circumstance and location would prohibit any individual from attaining the care they need and deserve. Consequently I will seek expertise and education so that we can move toward growth and healing collaboratively.
What is the cost?
Therapy can be quite expensive. It is an investment you make in your self, your family, and your future that will have dividends for the rest of your life. It is a good reminder that we often get out of life what we put in. It is also good to remember that therapy is cheaper than divorce, job loss, or counter-productive habits. Therapy is a way of investing your well being, healing, and self-understanding that can loosen the chains that keep us stagnant, bitter, and trapped in unhealthy patterns of behavior or relationship.
I got your name from the internet, and not a personal referral. Will you still see me?
Maybe. Let’s chat.
I have a heavy commute to get to your office. Do you offer TeleTherapy?
Sure. You will have a separate intake paperwork process. But let’s do it.