We are living in extraordinary changing times in our society as we face the impact of the pandemic and the need for connection is stronger than ever.
As we all navigate this place of uncertainty, we are being challenged to be flexible and find new ways of adapting. While I miss the connection through in-person therapy sessions, I am continuing to offer therapy services through teletherapy using the secure encrypted settings on Zoom and working towards offering in-person upon request. Through using the encrypted password protected method on Zoom, you can have confidence in the secure privacy of the sessions that maintains HIPAA compliance. You will be provided with a link via email to click on at the time of your session. You can use the camera and audio on your computer or mobile device. If you prefer to use your phone instead of a computer, you can download the free Zoom app from the app store.
I also offer group work upon request either in-person or via tele-therapy. Feel free to contact me for further details.
If you are interested in teletherapy or in-person sessions, reach out today!
I am an out-of-network provider. You are responsible for paying the session fee and I will provide you with a Superbill (a detailed receipt for services required that is by insurance companies for a reimbursement) for you to submit to your insurance provider for a claim. Please check with your insurance provider for the details of your coverage. When contacting your provider be sure to ask the following questions:
Please let me know if you need help to clarify your insurance benefits.
A note about insurance: The benefit of not using your insurance is that your psychotherapy treatment is fully your own and completely confidential. It will be determined by you and me with no restrictions (limit on how many appts you can attend) from your insurance company. In addition, a mental health diagnosis will not have to be added to your permanent health records should this be a concern.
Typically, we will set up a regular day and time to meet weekly or bi-weekly. To get the maximum benefit from therapy, I recommend weekly appointments, but under some circumstances meeting every other week is a possibility. I offer therapy appointments world wide with new Tele-therapy practice using Zoom and I can offer in person services upon request.
I require 48 hours notice for canceling an appointment. If less than 48 hours is given, you will be responsible for paying your session fee (if using insurance, you are responsible for what your insurance company pays.)
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
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