FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I expect from Therapy?
Making the first call is scary. Showing up to the first appointment is even scarier. It’s also normal to leave that very first session and think, “Why in the world did I just tell all of that really personal information to a complete stranger?!” Rest assured, all of this is normal. In an attempt to ease some of those nerves, here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
– Compassion and empathy; no judgment
– Illumination of current patterns and introduction to new perspectives
– Interventions meant to elicit change
Do you provide Supervision services?
Yes! I am an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor Candidate, under AAMFT-Approved Supervisor Laura Anderson. Cost for supervision is $25/group hour or $70/individual hour. If you are a Master’s Level MFT looking for group or individual supervision opportunities, contact me for more information.
What is “Internal Family Systems” (IFS)?
IFS is my go-to model of therapy. The theory is that we all have an inner Self, or “Self Energy” that is characterized by curiosity, compassion, clarity, calmness, courage, confidence, creativity, and connectedness. Yet as we navigate life, we develop other parts of our internal world that become easily blended with or begin to take overshadow this Self Energy. These parts may show up as anxiety, depression, perfectionism, or any other “thought” or symptom you may be experiencing. While at the surface these parts of us may look “bad”, what we find is that when we get to know them, they soften, and often reveal a positive intention for us. Turns out even something like suicidal ideation is protective, once we get to know its purpose. There are other parts of us that are wounded. These parts often carry heavy burdens such as guilt or shame, and may benefit from being unburdened. The IFS model allows us to lead for Self-driven lives and uses visualization, embodiment, meditation as tools for change.
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What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a tool that helps us get past the cognitive, logical level of the brain (the neocortex) into the true emotion (mammalian brain) of any situation. It is a method for allowing the brain and the body to process past and current events in a way that leads to miraculous change and growth. Though typically associated with trauma, brainspotting is effective with a large range of situations. It works based on the fact that where we look, effects how we feel. Using a pointer or other object, we will locate a “brain spot” that connects most with the situation, emotion, and place in the body that is being affected. We will then keep your focus on that spot and from there, the brain and the body know what to do. For more information, you are welcome to request copies of research articles and books on the topic.
What is Imago?
Imago is my go-to couples therapy tool. It is a model that believes differences and conflicts between partners are opportunities for growth and stretching, rather than signs of doom. The primary intervention in this model is the “Imago Dialogue”. At its surface, the dialogue process is a communication tool, but beyond that it is also a tool for creating real, deep connection and healing old relaitonal wounds. For more information on Imago, click here.
Is therapy confidential?
YES! No information is disclosed without written permission in the form of a Release of
Information from the client. However, there are some exceptions to this rule as required by law.
1 Suspected abuse of a child, dependent adult, or elder.
2 Threats of serious bodily harm to another person.
3. Intentions to harm self.
4. Subpoena by court
Therapy hasn’t worked for me in the past, why would it work for me now?
Research shows, and my own experience corroborates, that the largest predictor of a satisfactory outcome is the therapeutic relationship. You will want to be sure that your personality and ways of viewing the world fit within the way I work with people. If we’re not a good fit, I’ll be happy to refer you to someone who might be better able to serve you.
How long will I be in therapy?
Length of therapy depends on presenting problems and client goals. We will constantly be assessing whether or not we are making progress. If at any point I feel as though we are not moving forward, whether in therapy working toward goals or in mediation coming to agreements, we will discuss what needs to happen next. It is my ethical duty to not waste your time or your money if therapy is not effective. That said, some things take more time than others and the most effective outcomes will come from putting the necessary time and effort in and being able to work through occasional stalemates and regression.
I want to attend therapy as a couple, but my partner refuses. What should I do?
One of the greats in this field, Michele Weiner-Davis, says it only really takes one to tango. By this she means that in many instances we are able to change others when we change ourselves. That said, in the long run you can only do so much on your own. While it is important to still take care of yourself even when your partner isn’t yet ready, it may be helpful to let your partner know that you are seeking therapy to change how you relate and interact with them and let them know that you would appreciate and support their involvement if/when they are ready to join you.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance and do not deal directly with insurance agencies. However, some insurance companies will reimburse you or will count the cost of sessions toward your deductible. Contact your insurance company for more information about what they can offer.
If needed, I can provide a session receipt for documentation of services rendered.
What does therapy cost?
The cost of a 90-minute session is $185 for individuals, $205 for couples, or $145 for premarital couples. 45-50 minute sessions are $135 for individuals, $145 for couples or family sessions, or $100 for premarital couples. Rarely a session may take the full 60 minutes at no additional charge. Appointments exceeding 60 minutes, however, will be charged an additional $2.50 per minute, a pro-rated amount based upon my standard session fee. If you have any difficulty in paying this fee, you may be eligible to apply for my sliding-scale fee services and will need to complete the Financial Agreement form, just talk to me. Accepted methods of payment are cash, checks, Venmo, Health Savings Accounts, and debit/credit card. All major credit cards are accepted. If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, you must give at least 24 hours notice, otherwise you will be charged the full session fee for missed appointments.