Isn’t talking to a therapist for weak people?
Not at all. Just because someone wants to brainstorm their life events does not mean they are weak. Talking to a therapist means your information is kept confidential, professional, and you are not going to be judged or condemned. There is safety, not weakness, in keeping your thoughts in the therapy room.
Why can’t I just take medication?
I am a slightly different type of therapist. I am not against medications but I do not believe that medications alone can solve all mental health issues.
I believe medication in conjunction with therapy can be extremely effective. Proper prescriptions can allow clients to gain control over their symptoms without becoming dependent.
However, before I recommend medications, I spend time getting to know my clients and explore all options so we can make the best treatment plan.
What will happen in therapy?
If you are interested in a free brief consultation, please email me or call. During our call if you are comfortable making an appointment we will set something up.
After scheduling the appointment, you will then receive an email asking you to complete paperwork (consents, demographics, billing information). On the day of the appointment you will get a reminder and a link to join our session. Once you click on the link you and I will ‘see’ each other through your computer/device. The first session is the intake and we will cover all the information you wish to share. Then we will decide if you would like to continue in working with me and make future appointments.
What if I want to stop therapy?
Not at all a problem. I frequently check in with my clients to make sure they are comfortable and feel that they are making progress. If someone does not want to continue I encourage them to talk with me so we can refer to another therapist or take a break. I am never offended nor do I respond negatively if someone wants to cease therapy.
How does the confidentiality work?
HIPAA is one of my most favorite acronyms, it stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. For therapy, it is an elegant way of saying that I cannot disclose any of your information without your written consent. Unless there is a threat to self or others (and some extreme court scenarios which we would discuss beforehand) I cannot confirm or deny that I know any of my clients without their written permission to do so.
I take HIPAA very seriously and I do not jeopardize my client’s privacy.