Do I need therapy?
As stated earlier, I believe everyone can benefit from therapy. Life is difficult and it can be incredibly useful to have an unbiased third party be a "mirror" for the person in psychotherapy. Therapy has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve quality of life, and give hope to the the hopeless. An article citing these findings can be found here.
Can I just take medication?
While the use of medication can be extremely helpful, medication alone will not treat the underlying cause of most depression, anxiety, and relational stress. Many times the combination of medication and psychotherapy is an excellent tool in getting to the root of the problem.
What does therapy look like?
A typical therapy session lasts approximately 50 minutes long. The therapist will ask questions related to the presenting problem(s) and work alongside the client to bring a new perspective to these issues. In the beginning, it is recommended that the client commit to coming once per week in order to gain traction with the therapeutic process. Every client is different so length of treatment is really dependent on the presenting issues and the commitment that the client has to the process of therapy. It is also dependent on the goals that the client has for therapy. Some issues are short-term, focusing on a specific problem, and others are more long-term addressing complex issues and personal growth. Like most things, clients get out of therapy what they are willing to put in to therapy.
Do you take insurance?
I am not on any insurance panels, which means I am "out of network" for all insurance companies. If you have specific questions as to my reasoning for not being on an insurance panel, I would be happy to answer that for you individually. That being said, I do offer receipts that can be turned in to insurance for reimbursement depending on your specific plan.
Is everything confidential?
Everything we discuss in our therapy sessions is confidential. I also abide by all HIPAA regulations regarding client privacy. There are specific reasons for breaching confidentiality such as suicidal ideation, suspected child or elder abuse, and the suspected intent of harming another person.