Do you accept insurance?
I reserve several appointment times in my practice for clients that wish to pay with their insurance. Currently those spots are full, and I am only accepting clients who plan to pay out of pocket.
Do you work with couples?
I am not currently taking on any new clients for couple's therapy.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor or psychiatrist you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy can be helpful for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
What if I want you to share information with my other providers?
I believe that coordination of care can improve positive outcomes in many cases. Once you have signed a Release of Information (found on New Patient Forms page), I am happy to talk to your psychiatrist, primary care physician, your previous therapist, your teen’s pediatrician, teachers or school counselor, and even your probation officer is you are seeing me for mandated anger management.
How do I determine that you are a good fit for me/my issues?
I am happy to offer a 30 minute, no cost phone conference or in person meeting for you or your teen to meet me and ask any questions about therapy and how I work. I encourage clients to choose carefully when it comes to a therapist. Do not be afraid to “interview” the therapist, get a feel for how they work, ask questions about billing/appointment scheduling, meet more than one provider until you find one that is a good fit. Come in with a list of questions and concerns you might have and above all, do not step into a “therapy relationship” until it feels right for you.
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