Questions about therapy or my approach?


What can I expect during a first session?

We’ll discuss what prompted you to seek therapy, a bit of background information, and most importantly, what you hope for our work together. 


 
 

I’m not the kind of person who goes to therapy or talks about my feelings.

 

Many of us were raised in cultures that stigmatize mental health services. Also, misconceptions about therapy abound. People may think it’s for “crazy” or “weak” people. In actuality, people of all walks of life go to therapy. Take professional athletes, for instance - they’re already some of the most talented among us and yet some attend therapy to further enhance their performance.

It’s interesting. When there is something wrong with their car, most people visit a mechanic. When health concerns arise, they go to the doctor. For most things, we’re willing to get help. Then when it comes to emotions and behaviors, we act like lone wolves. Expertise is out there and you don’t have to go it alone.

 

 

I’d rather wait it out and handle it on my own for now.

To harken back to the car and health analogies, most issues are easier to resolve when they’re addressed early on. What starts off as a simple oil leak, over time, can erode an entire engine. When emotional, behavioral, or relationship concerns arise, addressing them early can prevent them from worsening over time and disrupting various areas of your life. That said, I’ve seen rapid healing occur in therapy after decades of hurt. It’s never too late to get help.

 

 

I’ve gone to therapy before and it wasn’t helpful.

I hear this one a lot. If you got a faulty opinion from one doctor, would you forsake all doctors in the future? If you suffered food poisoning once, would you forsake all food? If we have a negative experience with a therapist, we tend to write therapy off for life. In doing so, we may do ourselves a disservice by keeping ourselves from providers who may be better suited to help us than the last person was. 

 

 

My last therapist was great. I'll never be able to trust someone like I trusted them.

Now this one, I agree with…sort of. Trusting someone isn’t always easy and when we’re finally able to establish that trust - and we lose it - we safeguard ourselves. The truth is, no one can replace someone you’ve lost. Each person, therapists included, bring their own unique strengths to the table. I think that caring for yourself by using the people and supports available to you is a beautiful way of honoring the work that you and your last therapist did together.

 

 

Is it really confidential?

Yep. I am legally and ethically bound to maintain confidentiality. There are a few exceptions which I will explain to you in detail if we work together. For instance, if I have reason to think someone is of significant risk of harm to themselves or to someone else, as a mandated reporter I do have to tell the appropriate and relevant people to ensure safety. 

 

 

How much does therapy cost?

I charge $215 - $230 per session depending on the type of service. Payment is expected at the time of the visit and can be made by cash, check, or credit card.

 

 

Do you offer a sliding-scale?

Recognizing that certain communities face increased rates of discrimination in  work and healthcare settings and have difficulty accessing culturally competent therapy, I reserve sliding fee slots for marginalized and underserved populations, particularly LGBTQIA+, polyamorous, and alternative sexuality communities, as well as military members and Veterans.


Can we do tele-therapy? 

Yes. When appropriate, I’m happy to have video-sessions. I use VSee because it is HIPAA-compliant, easy to use, and free. You can download VSee here for use on your computer, phone, iPad, or tablet.

 

 

Do you take insurance?

I am in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

For all other insurance companies, I am an out of network provider. To learn about your out of network benefits, you can call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask questions such as:

  1. Do I have out of network benefits for mental health care or behavioral health care?

  2. Is there a limit as to how many sessions I can attend?

  3. How much will I be reimbursed?

  4. Do I have a deductible?

Following the session, I will provide you with a superbill that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement using your out of network benefits.

 

 

Are you going to prescribe medication?

No. If you are interested in obtaining psychotropic medication (medication for mental health purposes), I can refer you to a psychiatrist.