How Does Therapy Work?

Therapy is a process in which people generally seek professional expertise to explore what is troubling them.  As time goes by, people sometimes also continue on with a therapist to hold themselves accountable to the positive changes they are making as a result of therapy.  I view therapy as a collaborative process, meaning we will both actively work together to address the struggles you are facing.  I will not just be one of those blank faces and nodding heads, I promise!  I will honor the pace you wish to go and offer insights or ideas, for example, to help identify your personal strengths, enhance problem-solving skills, develop improved coping mechanisms, realign expectations and priorities, etc. to help you move towards lasting, positive change.

How is Therapy Different From Talking to a Friend?

Just like a friend, a therapist often becomes a trusted confidant.  However, in therapy, the relationship is kept professional and the focus gets to be exclusively about you.  Also, a therapist is trained to listen and respond in skillful ways, for example, to identify underlying thoughts or feelings that might be contributing to the problem at hand.  In contrast, friends even with the best of intentions might struggle with lack of understanding, sensitivity, honest or useful feedback, or respecting what you hope to keep private.

How Long Does Therapy Take?

A weekly therapy session typically lasts about 50 minutes.  It is hard for a therapist to predict how many sessions are truly needed to help a client work through an issue because each person is different.  If you have an idea in mind of how many sessions you would like to aim for, we can tailor a plan to strive for that goal.  Otherwise, the process usually reaches a natural conclusion when a client’s issues are resolved.

Are Session Available in Person, by Phone and/or Online?

Currently sessions are being offered online and by phone.  Arrangements to meet in person can be explored upon request.

How Much Does Therapy Cost?

Fees are determined together prior to your first appointment and rates vary based on type of insurance and personal circumstances.  I work both in-network and out-of-network with a wide range of insurances.  If helpful,  I can provide you with a few simple questions to call and ask your insurance provider in order to determine which benefits your plan offers and I will even contact them directly on your behalf if you’d like.  No matter if in-network or out-of-network, I am happy to submit the claims paperwork to your insurance for you after each session to make things easier on you.