You Ask - I Answer
Choosing an effective Psychotherapist is like choosing a life partner - chemistry and trust are an essential combination in a successful relationship. I go above and beyond to act as a safety net for my clients, and strive to make their experience as rewarding as possible. Take a look at some answers to the most frequently asked psychotherapy-related questions and requests below.
What is your therapeutic approach?
I take an integrative approach as a therapist. Depending on your situation or if you seek therapy as an individual or with your partner, I apply principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Internal Family Systems to name a few.
What happens in the first session?
In the first session, I will ask about your situation, your background and what are your goals in therapy. I encourage you to ask me any questions you may have about therapy or about me as a therapist.
How long is a therapy session?
If you are using your health insurance in which I am a provider, expect our therapy sessions to be limited to 45-50 minutes.
If you pay privately, you have more options for the length of your sessions. This is advantageous for couples who may feel like 45 minutes is not enough. Please contact me to discuss longer sessions and my current rates for them.
Are you available on weekends?
I am usually not available on weekends. My availability is during the week and see clients in the mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Yes, I do offer a limited number of sliding scale rate sessions. These are reserved for clients who have financial hardship. If I am unable to offer you a sliding scale rate, I would recommend finding a therapist on the website Open Path.
How long does therapy last?
It depends on your situation, how much you need to unpack, and how much of a commitment you have to addressing your issues. From time to time, I will ask you how therapy is affecting you and we can evaluate together whether your goals have been reached or if establishing new goal(s) makes sense.
How do I get the most out of therapy?
Consider therapy as an investment in yourself
Be curious about yourself, how you respond inside whether thoughts, feelings or sensations
Give me feedback about what's working and what's not working for you in therapy
If you are seeing me with your partner, focus on yourself rather than trying to change your partner