General Therapy Questions
Q: What can be expected throughout the therapy process?
First and foremost, the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is the most important part of therapy. Therapy is not a one-size fits all, and it is essential to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and can trust. I have found that my most successful clients are the ones who are not only open to change but that have a strong sense of the therapeutic relationship. My role as a therapist is to support and guide my clients so that they feel empowered to make positive changes in their life.
During the very first session we will go over the basic paperwork including the consent for services and limitations of confidentiality. It may be helpful to come prepared to the first session with any lingering questions or reservations you have about the therapy process. Together, we will discuss your individual concerns and set goals so that you or your loved one is fully involved throughout the process.
Each individual session is 50 minutes in length. If needed, family sessions can be arranged for an additional fee. Therapy sessions are usually scheduled for once a week, however, depending on the individual client’s needs, sessions can be scheduled more or less frequently.
Q: How would you describe your counseling philosophy?
I take a holistic and integrative approach to therapy. This means I believe it is important to address all areas of your life including physical, mental, social and spiritual (if applicable). I enjoy incorporating yoga and mindfulness into sessions so you can focus on being more present in your everyday life. Practicing yoga and mindfulness helps decrease anxiety and depression by thinking less about the past and worrying less about the future.
My practice is strongly rooted in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) belief that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are directly related to one another. I use a variety of CBT techniques to help clients feel more in control of what they think, how they act and how they feel.
I also provide a strength-based and client-centered approach to therapy. When you recognize your strengths and truly believe in yourself, you will feel empowered to reach your full potential and take control of your life. Furthermore, I promise to meet you where you are at and collaborate with you to achieve your individualized goals.
Q: How do I know when my teen should see a therapist?
Physical health changes are typically one of the first signs that things may be emotionally off-balance. For example, the physical symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression are often confused with other health-related concerns:
- Digestive issues such as nausea, heartburn, constipation, and stomach aches
- Body aches and pains including headaches, migraines and back pain
- Increased heart rate and rapid breathing
- Feeling weak or tired; fatigued
Next, you might notice significant changes in your teen’s behavior:
- Lack of motivation for school
- Excessive crying, fears or worries
- Trouble sleeping or having nightmares
- Loss of interest in friends or favorite activities
- Change in eating habits or weight (i.e., not eating or overeating)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Severe mood swings and irritability
- Above normal hyperactivity
- Extreme disobedience or aggressive behaviors
- Increase in risk-taking behaviors including use of drugs or alcohol
Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, HSA) is accepted.
While I do not accept insurance at this time, I am happy to provide documentation for you to make a claim for potential reimbursement from your insurance provider for “out-of-network” benefits. Contact your health insurance provider to find out if this may be an option for you.
Q: How come you do not take insurance as payment for therapy services?
Using insurance to cover the cost of therapy takes away some, if not most, of the client’s control throughout the process. Below are just a few of the benefits of using self-pay over insurance for therapy services:
- Insurance companies can regulate the length and frequency of therapy. This means you may only be able to see a therapist for a certain number of sessions whether you have reached your treatment goals or not.
- With self-pay, you are able to select a therapist who is the perfect fit for you or your loved one versus having to choose a therapist from a list of providers “in your network.”
- Insurance companies require sensitive information for billing purposes such as a mental health diagnosis which ultimately ends up in you or your child’s permanent health record.
- An insurance company may decide based on personal information such as your mental health diagnosis that you are not eligible for treatment.
Q: What is the wellness investment for counseling services?
The wellness investment for individual therapy is $150 for the initial session and $125 for 50 minute follow-up sessions.
The inclusion of family counseling sessions and parenting consultations can be scheduled for an adjusted price. For more details, please inquire within.
I want to ensure that my services are accessible to as many individuals in the Central Florida community as possible. Therefore, discounted counseling rates may be offered to college students or those in financial need on an individual basis. Please ask about sliding scale and student rates during the initial consultation.