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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know if I need therapy?

 If you feel unhappy with your current life situation and frustrated by the lack of results when trying to change things.  If you feel stuck, depressed, frustrated by others, anxious, or hopeless.

What should I expect at my first appointment?
 During your first appointment I will ask you to complete some initial paperwork.  We will discuss what difficulties you are having in your life or relationships and what you would like to see change.  I will review how I work with patients, and what you can expect during the course of therapy.

How long will I need to be in therapy?
 This answer is different for everyone.  Everyone wants to feel better immediately and this is a normal healthy desire.  Therapy can be a long or short process depending on each patient's readiness to work toward change and the severity of the difficulties.  Some patient's find that they are feeling better after just a few sessions and others may require more sessions to treat more complex difficulties.

Do you take insurance?
 I do not accept insurance for direct payment of services due to concerns related to patient privacy, unnecessary psychiatric labeling, and excessive therapeutic constraints.  However, I am more than happy to give you a monthly invoice to submit to your insurance, so that you may utilize your PPO insurance benefits, or flexible spending account funds.  Session fee's are due at each visit and may be paid through check, cash, or credit card.

What if I have been to other therapists and it was not helpful?
 Many patient's have had disappointing experiences with other therapists and have learned that therapy isn't a "one size fits all".  During our first appointments we will discuss these past experiences so that I know what was and wasn't helpful in the past.  This will help me to know what works best for you and help me to individualize your treatment.  Also, first appointments allow us to make sure that there is a good therapeutic fit on both sides to ensure that you don't have another disappointing experience.


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