Is therapy right for me?
Everyone encounters challenges and some are easier to face than others. Therapy is about helping to provide perspective to face certain challenges and to gain awareness of the triggers to our reactions and develop coping skills to be better prepared for adverse situations in the future. Weathering the storm is one thing, but knowing how to prepare for bad weather in the future can be life-saving. Health and wellness comes from an increase in self-awareness and applying what we know to make positive choices that impact us in the best way. When I go to a gym to workout, there are times when I seek a trainer not because I don’t know how to use the equipment, but because I simply need that extra motivation or a refresher on how to get the most from my workout. Our mind, body, and spirit are constantly in flux and we adapt the best we can, but sometimes it helps to have others help us through those times of confusion, frustration, or just feeling stuck.
Does therapy really help? I mean, it’s just a bunch a hooey.
Therapy has been proven to have many benefits. Therapists provide support without judgement, facilitate problem-solving skills, and create an environment of exploration for clients to gain perspective on, and manage, issues such as depression, anxiety, impact of addiction, anger and stress management, relationships, past trauma, work problems, body/image and esteem issues, personal growth, and life transition issues. Therapy is also found to be highly effective in resolving marital and family issues by providing a new lens from which to view such issues, thus helping clients create solutions to his or her own identified problems. The benefit of therapy, of course, is contingent on how the client utilizes what is learned in session.
More specifically, the benefits of therapy include:
- Improving your self-esteem and belief in your capacity to do what you want
- Learning how to better manage emotions like anger, grief, and depression
- Replacing past maladaptive behaviors with healthy, positive behaviors
- Improving communication skills through listening and understanding
- Developing new skills for more fulfilling relationships and marriage
- Gaining better understanding of the self
- Defining values to facilitate meeting your personal and life goals
- Moving through grief and loss
- Acknowledging and working through addiction issues
- Learning what it means to properly manage anger and stress
- Coping with chronic illness and/or medical issues
- Understanding compassion fatigue, burnout, and work dissatisfaction
What can I expect in therapy?
Therapy is different for everyone. People come in for a number of reasons. For the most part, I ask what brings a person into therapy and discuss some personal history in order to gain perspective and context about the present issues. Depending on the issues that drive clients to come in, therapy can range from short-term to discuss a particular issue or it can be long-term for discussing difficult life patterns or working toward increased personal development. Clients are seen once or twice per week, depending on the goals and dynamics of therapy.
Therapy is not a quick-fix. It is a process and an investment in a healthier you. The goal of any therapy is to simply take what you learn and integrate it back into your life. Therapy is about learning to acknowledge our potential for growth. Again, there is no such thing as a life we plan because of all the variables, dynamics, and actions of others that impact us daily and ultimately change the course of our lives.
What are your fees?
(45 minutes) $175
(60 minutes) $200
(45 minutes) $200
* I do reserve several sliding scale spaces. Please inquire if needed.
Do you accept insurance?
Currently, I am contracted with Kaiser Permanente as an external provider, but I am not on any other insurance panels.
If requested, I will gladly generate an invoice for you to file claims with your carrier. Please contact your health insurance company to find out what your out of network benefits are for mental health treatment. It is your responsibility to verify your benefits and co-pays prior to the first session.
What is your cancellation policy?
24-hour notice is required for cancelled or rescheduled appointments. Missed appointments are charged in full. Of course, emergencies and illness are considered.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash and checks. Payment for individual and couple sessions is due at the time of service.
What about confidentiality?
The relationship between therapist and client is protected by law and information cannot be disclosed without written consent. The only exceptions are if, and when there is suspected child abuse/neglect or when the client threatens serious harm to self or others, in which case every effort is made to ensure the safety of those affected as required by law.