For your convenience, the most common questions I get asked are answered right here.
What Is Psychotherapy?
It is a way to take care of your mental health, just as you engage in caring for other aspects of your life. People are multifaceted. Taking care of your body, soul, and mind increase satisfaction in life. The ability to cope with stress in life is often a skill that needs to be learned. It’s not easy dealing with responsibility, relationships, or roles that make up the person you are. Psychotherapy provides the opportunity to increase your overall well-being and create health relationships with others.
What type of symptoms do you work with?
People deal with a variety of emotions, thoughts, and behavior that they may want to change. This can be from a difficult time in life, such as a life transition, or can be from environmental stressors, such as the loss of a loved one. Life throws us curveballs and we learn how to navigate accordingly. It is helpful to have a non-biased person by your side during life stress in order to healthily process the difficult stuff and move through it. I work with people experiencing grief and loss, life transition, anxiety, depression, infertility, the aging process, substance abuse, domestic violence, unhealthy relationships, adjustment to change, and transition through developmental milestones.
Is individual therapy for me?
Everyone can benefit from having a good clinician in their corner on life’s journey. Most of the people I work with are just like you. They are executives of companies, doctors, mothers, accountants, spouses, attorneys, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, adolescents, young adults, and their family members who need a place to discuss the hard stuff in life.
How long does therapy normally last?
Sessions are scheduled once a week or biweekly, depending on the need of the person. Phone sessions are scheduled for 25 or 50 minute sessions. Skype sessions are 50 minute sessions. Depending on your needs, psychotherapy can be time limited to 6, 10, or 14 sessions. However, most of my patients stay in long term psychotherapy for consultant and executive coaching work.
Do you work with families or couples in therapy?
I do. I am a family and couples assessment and intervention professor. I work with family systems to help people problem solve together, learn to communicate with one another in a more effective way, and for a variety of other reasons, based on individual needs.
Do you take insurance?
At this time I do not take insurance for my private practice patients. I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards for services. Payment is due at the beginning of each consultation. However, I am happy to provide you with a copy of bill for services for you to submit to your insurance company. Many people get reimbursed for their services.