Frequently asked questions about Starting Therapy 

Who do you see?

I see people of all ages and stages. Presenting problems I typically treat include but are not limited to:

Depressive Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Thought Disorders
Post-Partum Distress
Diabetes Distress
Living with a Chronic Illness
Traumatic Brain Injury
Adjusting to a Terminal Diagnosis
Caregiving Distress
Grief and Loss

What does a therapy session look like?

I start therapy with everyone by asking three basic questions: What are you doing to cope with your stressors? What makes your stressors worse? and What do you want to be different? This helps to create our map of where you want to be and how to get there. I do a lot of listening, a little bit of talking, and teach new skills to help you work towards your goals for effectively. Depending on what is needed, these skills may be around communication, relaxation, combating negative thoughts, or letting go of unhealthy habits. I will communicate with the other members of your healthcare team with your permission and may recommend other community resources or providers.

What are your credentials?

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), which means I have a Masters in Social Work, plus additional post-graduate job training and supervision with a specialty in mental health. I have also completed specific continuing education in EMDR, Trauma-Focused CBT and providing mental health services for people with diabetes. Additionally I completed training and have received my credentials as a Board-Approved Supervisor for LMSWs seeking a clinical therapy license.

How much does it cost?

My fee is $150 per 50 minute session. I do offer reduced rates on an as needed basis. I am also happy to walk you through the process of applying for reimbursement through your insurance.

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