These FAQs are designed to provide a better understanding how I work

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems. 

Psychotherapy is different from talking with family and friends about your concerns. A welcoming and well-trained professional can help clearly identify the problem and provide guidance through the healing process. Lasting solutions and enjoying life are possible! If you are considering therapy, you are probably a good candidate for therapy. If you are not sure, you could try out one session to help you make a decision.

How do I know you are the right therapist for me?

I encourage you to check in with yourself and see if the fit feels right to you. Through this website, my blog, and our initial email/phone contact, you will get impressions of me and what it might be like to work together. At the end of our first session, I will ask you how it felt to meet and share with me. Trust your intuition as you decide whether or not to move forward. Therapy requires an investment of your time, energy, and money, so finding a therapist who is the right fit for you is important.

What can I expect at our first session?

My goal is to offer everyone who walks into my office a warm welcome and a safe space as we explore the possibility of working together. It is normal to feel nervous during the first session, but most people feel more relaxed as we get started. I will ask you to tell me about the reasons you are seeking psychotherapy and what outcomes you would like to experience. By the end of the first session, we will both decide if we are well matched and want to continue meeting.

How long does therapy last?

Length of treatment varies significantly depending on the nature of your concerns and your goals. Some problems can be treated in a relatively short amount of time (8-12 sessions), while others take more time. During our initial meetings, we will discuss your treatment needs and length of therapy.

What will happen after I call or email you?

I will return your call or email to arrange a free telephone consultation as soon as possible. We will talk about what you are looking for, if my practice is suited to meet your needs, fees and payment, and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you decide to move forward, we will schedule an appointment.

What services do you provide?

I offer individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents age 14+, couples therapy, and family therapy.

What forms of payments can I use? Do you take insurance?

I accept cash, check, and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex). I do not currently accept insurance.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please provide at least 48 hours notice for appointment cancellations. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, you may have to pay for the missed session if we are unable to rescheduled within the same week.