I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally.
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself.
Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.”
Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms.
Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
How often will I have sessions?
This depends on your individual needs and goals. I find it’s most effective to meet weekly. I find meeting less often at the outset of therapy makes it difficult to get traction on the goals you have for therapy.
For this reason, most clients choose to have weekly sessions at the beginning of therapy and then move to biweekly appointments.
Because my schedule fills up quickly, I recommend finding a regular weekly appointment time that works for you.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success.
After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Where are you located?
I work remotely only, with people throughout the state of California using an encrypted, HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform.
How do I set up an initial appointment?
Simply give me a call or send me an email, and I’ll get back to you about scheduling a free 20-minute consultation.
During the consultation, you can tell me a little bit about your challenges and what’s important to you and ask me any questions you may have.
From there, we’ll decide if I’m the right fit for you. If so, we’ll schedule your first appointment and get started.
What’s your cancellation policy?
When we partner together in therapy, I am dedicated to helping you make meaningful and lasting changes in your life.
To do this, I set aside time especially for you. I ask that you be equally invested in our partnership. If you cannot attend your scheduled appointment for any reason, you must give me at least 24 hours’ notice so that you are not charged a late cancellation/no-show fee.
In the event of an unavoidable conflict or emergency we may be able to make other arrangement to avoid the late cancellation/no-show fee.
How long is each therapy session?
Sessions are approximately 55 minutes in length.
With whom do you work?
I specialize in working with adult women (ages 18 and up) who are tired of feeling worried, being sad, and feeling stuck and unfulfilled.
They’re ready to invest in themselves, and they’re ready to take a dive deep, make connections, feel empowered, and be the best possible versions of themselves.
They’re ready to live the life they choose–and love–by design. If this resonates with you, I welcome the opportunity to partner with you on your journey of transformation.
With whom do you NOT work?
I don’t see anyone under 18 or new clients with active suicidal ideation.
I don’t see anyone who is in an active state of substance dependence*.
*I do see people with a history of addiction for which they have already received treatment.