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What is psychotherapy?


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Psychotherapy is defined as talk therapy. It is a term used for a variety of treatment techniques developed to help an individual identify and change their distressing emotions, thoughts and behavior.




How long does each therapy session take? How often are sessions?


The average therapy session lasts for forty-five minutes. I do provide thirty minute sessions as well. Therapy is often the most effective when sessions are weekly as this allows consistency and dedication to your personal investment in yourself. However, I understand that weekly sessions are not always possible for individuals for various reasons (not enough time, not in the budget, etc) and am able to accommodate bi-weekly appointments on a case-by-case basis.




How long will I be in therapy for?


The length of time an individual spends in therapy varies from person to person. Some clients feel relief after a couple of sessions, while others may remain in therapy for a year or more. Engaging in therapy is not necessarily a lifelong commitment. Ultimately, therapy ends when you feel ready.




What should I expect from my first therapy session?


Your first session is called an "intake". The intake is our first meeting where we will discuss what is bringing you to therapy, stressors, symptoms, and history. This is the beginning of the therapist-client relationship.




Is there anything I have to do prior to my first appointment?


Before our first appointment can be confirmed you will be required to fill out initial paperwork online. This allows us to begin our work together when we have our first session rather than being tied up with completing paperwork!




What is your cancellation policy?


The appointment time that we set is designated for only you. I keep a 48 hour cancellation policy. This means that if you do not let me know you won’t be at your session at least 48 hours in advance, you will still be charged the cost of your session. Out of respect for clients that may be scheduled for a session after yours, if you arrive late we can still have our session but it will be shortened and still end on time. Since that time slot is reserved for you, I reserve the right to charge a full session's fee for shortened sessions due to late arrivals.




What forms of payment do you accept?


I accept cash and credit card payments.




Why don't you accept insurance for payment directly?


Insurance companies have specific guidelines and requirements that can: limit who can be seen, how often and how long therapy can last, mandate a diagnosis and can decide whether you need therapy or not. Additionally, they can oversee your records, and may seek access to your information while in therapy. I prefer to work directly with my clients rather than having an insurance company create barriers in the process. I do accept UHC, Oscar, and Oxford insurance for a limited amount of slots through Headway. Please refer to my "rates" page to book through my headway calender.




Is therapy worth the cost?


Therapy is a financial commitment. It's making the choice to invest in yourself and your overall wellbeing. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health as mind and body are deeply connected.




How do I choose the right therapist?


The therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a key factor in effectiveness. Choosing a therapist is a personal decision, and the best way to find the right fit is by scheduling a session. Trust your gut instincts during and after your session. You can ask yourself questions such as: Do I feel like they "get" me? Do I feel comfortable with this person? Do I feel like I can begin to open up in this space?




What can you tell me about confidentiality?


Confidentiality allows you to share your thoughts, feelings, and everything in between in a safe space where private information stays between you and your therapist. There are only three exceptions (that all therapists are required to follow from our code of ethics) to confidentality: if there is immediate threat of harm to self or other(s), suspicion on child or elder abuse, and in the case of a court subpoena.




Do you offer teletherapy?


Yes! Teletherapy allows you to have your session in the comfort of your own home and/or space without having to commute.




Can you tell me more about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?


Research has found that animal assisted interventions have been helpful in reducing mood symptoms, increasing self-esteem, developing self-awareness, mindfulness, and boundaries. During our sessions, you will have the choice of walking along side or riding a horse as we process your thoughts and feelings and work on self-regulation skill building. I offer time-limited equine-assisted therapy during Spring and Fall seasons (weather-permitting). Initial intake is required prior to equine assisted sessions.




What are your rates?


Initial 15-minute phone consultation is free. Initial intake appointment: $175. 30 Minute Individual psychotherapy appointment $150. 45 Minute Individual psychotherapy appointment: $175. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy are 45-minutes (can last up to 60 minutes including mounting/dismounting horse): $225. I offer limited reduced fee slots for individuals who qualify.





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