I love what I do, and I consider it an honor to get to know each person have the chance to work with and I regard all with dignity, respect, and non-judgement. My therapy style is interactive, genuine, warm and down-to-earth. I pay close attention to not only what your are saying, but also to any subtle shifts in expressions, body language, and tone that may be helpful non-verbal indicators of feelings and thoughts, and I integrate those cues back into our work.
My approach is strongly informed by psychoanalytic psychology, mindfulness practices, and up-to-date research in attachment theory and developmental neurobiology. This may sound like quite heady stuff, but we are now finding clinical research offers explanations for what clinicians have always intrinsically known about what happens in therapy, especially an increasingly rich understanding of how trauma and early experiences impact the developing brain and “person” helping guide interventions in psychotherapy.
What Should I Expect?
Many people are nervous about beginning psychotherapy. Apprehension about opening up to a new person is understandable, but therapy is generally a supportive experience that moves at a comfortable pace that is meant to be helpful, challenging and at times, perhaps even enjoyable. The therapy process consists of talking about present feelings while paying close attention to past feelings and experiences that might show up too. The goal being to bring all of “the ways you feel” into awareness for us to sort out together.
The first few sessions are important in determining if the collaboration is a good fit for both the therapist and the client. During these initial sessions, I will be assessing you, the new client, and the presenting issues and needs you bring to the sessions. Occasionally, a new client has needs that may be better served by another practitioner specializing a specific area. If this is the case, I will provide information about other provider options or referrals.
When starting therapy, you also have the opportunity to assess the therapist. Clinicians may have different educational backgrounds, styles, and approaches, but despite all the differences, a good therapist will help you feel comfortable, supported, and respected. A good psychotherapist will actively listen, pay attention to what is going on with you, provide ongoing feedback, behave professionally and will be worthy of your trust.
Determining the length of the process will depend on factors such as severity of issues, your personal interest and motivation, as well as how deeply we choose to work. Most people I work with are interested in longer term therapy to help with personal growth and reduction of ongoing symptoms and issues.
I use a secure online system for my client records. If you agree, I can send you a link to my forms before we meet. Here is my current HIPAA form.
Rates and Billing
By choice, I am not an in-network provider for any insurance companies, however, many insurance plans have the option of “out-of-network” benefits which significantly reimburse policyholders for services. I am happy to provide you with the paperwork needed to seek out-of-network reimbursement. Psychotherapy services are usually eligible expenses for reimbursement from medical flex-spending accounts.
Psychotherapy: Individual, Couples or Family Session: $165 (45-50 minutes)
- Individual Session: $100 (45-50 minutes)
- Group option when openings are available: $250 per month (for twice monthly, 120 minute groups and bi-monthly individual sessions)