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At this time I'm not an "in-network" provider with insurance companies. However, if you have out of network benefits, I can submit claims electronically on your behalf, so there's no paperwork to fill out! See the section called "Payment and Insurance" for additional information. If you aren't sure what your benefits are, you can contact your insurance company directly and ask. If you need to stay within your insurance plan due to financial concerns, the best thing to do is go on their website and search for a behavioral health provider in your area.
Basically it's just a chance for us to discuss your particular issues and what you are looking for in a therapist, and answer any questions you may have about the therapy process. At the end I'll ask you how you'd like to proceed and there's absolutely no obligation to commit to ongoing therapy. If you just don't feel like it's a good fit, I encourage you to shop around! Additionally, if for whatever reason I don't think I'll be able to help you with the problems you are presenting, I'll let you know and I can try to recommend someone else. You have nothing to lose!
I work with clients ages 18 and up. My main concern is that the person is voluntarily seeking therapy (rather than a parent or spouse using therapy as an ultimatum of some kind). I've found that therapy is pretty ineffective if the client feels forced into going to therapy. Someone can know they need help but still not be ready.
On a different note, I want to mention that I'm knowledgable and comfortable working with clients from all walks of life including those with non-mainstream lifestyles, transgender, non-binary gender orientation, and LGBQ sexual orientation.
I primarily do individual therapy because I don't have enough specialized training to do couples or family therapy. Occasionally I will do a joint session with a significant other or a parent when appropriate, but my primary focus is the individual. While I've done various types of groups in the past, I'm not currently leading any.
The timeframe can vary from person to person depending on the types of issues we are addressing. Additionally, what you do in between sessions greatly impacts progress. You get out of it what you put into it! The average length of treatment for clients is one year. As for frequency, I require weekly sessions for a minimum of 6 months because I've learned the hard way that anything less frequent results in a frustrating and tedious experience. It takes a while just for us to get to know each other before delving into deeper work. I want clients to have hope and feel that they are making progress right from the beginning. When it makes sense to move toward ending therapy, most clients have biweekly sessions for several months before stopping completely.
Complex PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, any self-harm behavior (eating disorders, cutting, substance abuse) and other compulsive behaviors such as gambling, internet addiction, pornography addiction, etc. I also help clients with general issues such as low self-esteem, relationship problems, and life transitions. I do not have experience in areas such as hoarding, Autism spectrum disorders, OCD, ADHD, career counseling, or learning disabilities.