1. Does therapy really work?
It’s normal to be skeptical and even fearful before making an investment in therapy. But therapy does work! Studies show that the majority of people start to feel better after just a couple of sessions, and almost everyone can benefit from therapy in one way or another!
Therapy is not one-size-fits-all. I encourage you to try it out for two sessions and see how you feel. If you think a different approach might better help you, let’s discuss that and see what we can do differently. Or if we determine that another therapist might be better suited for your needs, I will refer you to someone else.
2. How long does therapy last?
There is no set expectation of how long therapy lasts. Many people feel relief of their stress and symptoms in 8-10 weekly sessions. Others may need longer-term treatment, but may choose to see me every other week or once a month. It all depends on your needs and goals.
3. Is therapy only for “crazy” people?
Definitely not! Therapy can benefit almost everyone, from problems with self-esteem, stress, or relationship troubles, to more severe mood disturbances like depression.
4. What if I need medication?
If we determine that we think medication could benefit you, I will refer you to your primary care provider or a psychiatrist to determine your needs. I do not prescribe medication myself.
5. How much does therapy cost?
My standard fee is $160 per hour. I am out of network for insurance. My office will file insurance claims for you if you want to use your out of network benefits. You are responsible for any costs that insurance doesn’t cover. Learn more about how to pay for therapy.
6. Do you do evaluations?
All therapists evaluate their clients for diagnosis and treatment plan in the first session (and ongoing). However, I do not offer psychological evaluations, also sometimes called assessments or psychological testing. These can be sought for a variety of reasons, such as to discern a tricky diagnosis (like bipolar disorder or autism spectrum disorder); a drug and alcohol assessment; a mental health evaluation; or for documentation to request accommodations, such as a learning disability or an emotional support animal. Please look for a psychological clinic that specifically offers “psychological testing” for these sorts of issues.
7. What problems do you treat?
To see the problems and people I work with, please visit my Therapy page. I do not treat schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, substance use disorder or addictions, eating disorders, children/adolescents, autism spectrum disorder, or chronic pain/chronic medical issues as a main presenting problem. These problems require specialized training or experience.
8. What’s the difference between therapy and coaching?
Coaching differs from professional therapy in that it is more focused on your strengths and short-term goals. As a therapist, I assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness, trauma, and relationship issues. As a coach, I provide more direct guidance, advice, and mentorship based on your goals. Therapy tends to be longer-term, whereas coaching may be brief and targeted. I will suggest resources to continue your journey after coaching.
Please be aware that although I am a licensed psychologist with over ten years experience providing therapy, I do not act as a mental health professional within the context of coaching. As a coach, I do not diagnose or treat mental illness and will refer you to a local licensed mental health professional if necessary. Clients with a history of trauma or suicidal thoughts need to see a local licensed therapist in addition to coaching.