Questions about Therapy

Q: How do I know if therapy can help me?

A: If you, or your family, are struggling with a problem and feeling “stuck,” you might benefit from talking to a therapist. Therapists are trained, licensed professionals who specialize in helping people move forward to a better place.

Sometimes the goal of therapy is to change or resolve a situation; it can also mean working to accept your feelings about something in yourself or others that is not going to change. This may help you have a greater sense of ease in your life.

Q: What will happen in the first session?

A: During our first session, I’ll come out to the waiting room at the appointment time and invite you into my office. It has a couch and a few chairs; there are also some toys and art supplies for children who come for individual or family therapy. My office also has a separate door into the hallway, which allows you privacy as you exit.

Therapy is essentially a conversation between you and me, wherein you get to talk openly about what’s going on, and I listen and offer ideas, questions or suggestions in an effort to help you, or your family, move toward your goals. If you are someone who has a sense that you just need more support or that something needs to change, but you’re not sure what that is, we can talk together to see if we can gain more clarity about what you may want to get out of coming to therapy.

Some people feel a lot of relief when they are able to “vent” to a nonjudgmental person who is not part of their family or social circle. In other situations, you and I may need to put our heads together and work more explicitly to form treatment plan goals and objectives, so we can figure out how to help you move in the direction you want to go.

Q: Do you accept insurance? Can I see you if I do not have insurance?

A: I accept most private insurances, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.

My fee is $200 for the initial appointment and $180 for ongoing sessions.

I also have a sliding-fee scale for people who do not have insurance and may be unable to pay my full fee.