Answers to FAQ About Therapy
Who do you work with?
For me, a good fit is someone with a desire to get healthier-- and a willingness to try. I mainly work with adults & teens who are motivated to improve their lives.
My niche is helping clients manage their anxiety, depression, relationship issues, & trauma.
Where are you located?
My physical office is located in east Pompano Beach, FL near the intersection of Federal Hwy/US1 & McNab RD.
I also work with clients virtually throughout the state of Florida.
How often does therapy last, and how often do I need to come?
Every situation is different, so there's no one size fits all answer. Once we complete your intake session and review your history and therapy goals, I can give you a better idea of when you can expect to start seeing some changes.
I typically see clients once per week for a one hour session at the beginning. EMDR sessions will run a bit longer.
Once we feel that progress has been made or your symptoms have greatly improved, we can scale back to biweekly/ monthly sessions, or as needed.
How does therapy work?
Therapy isn't just talking about your problems, its' understanding them better and and coming up with solutions to overcome them.
Something happened to bring you into therapy. Or you decided that you didn't want to spend the rest of your life repeating the same patterns. You wanted to get unstuck.
This is the stuff that we base your goals on.
Each session is customized to your goals for therapy--and structured on your response to our sessions.
Do I just talk about my problems week after week?
Not if I'm your therapist.
We'll explore about the issues you're struggling with, but we'll also engage in activities and exercises that will give you the tools and confidence to make progress outside the therapy room.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. If we only see each other for one session per week, it's important to support the work we do in session once you leave the office.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.
Can I quit whenever I want to?
Absolutely. If either of us feels the counseling situation isn't working out, we can discontinue the counseling process. It's important for both of us to feel comfortable and confident that our therapy sessions are going somewhere. I do request that we meet to discuss the termination of therapy and make sure that nothing is being overlooked.
Therapy seems expensive -- is it worth it?
All things considered, the research on the cost-benefit analysis of psychotherapy consistently shows the costs to be quite low compared with high level of recovery rates and the larger scale costs of not seeking psychotherapy.
If the client/therapist dynamic is right, and you are willing to put in the work, the return on investment can be tremendous. I still feel so much joy and satisfaction when my clients tell me that they can't believe changes they've made in such a short amount of time.
My private pay rates are competitive with the area served and the services provided. Rates take into consideration my education, training, and experience.
A licensed therapist in the state of Florida must pursue a minimum of six years of education at the college level, a one year unpaid internship, and a post-graduate internship that lasts a minimum of 2 years. Each area of specialization requires an additional investment of time and money.
Do you accept my insurance?
I am a self-pay practice, meaning I do not directly accept insurance. (I'm not in a contract with any insurance companies.)
If your insurance plan offers out-of-network benefits, my license, training, and education will allow you to be qualified for reimbursement if this is part of your policy. Out-of-network benefits allow you to see the provider of your choosing and you will be reimbursed a percentage of the fee--typically between 50-90%. You are responsible for payment at the time of service. I will give you an invoice (called a superbill) that you then submit to the insurance company (typically electronically) for reimbursement.
If you don't have the time or interest in submitting the superbill to your insurance company, there are services available that handle the process for you. Better is one of these services that simplifies the process for you for a fee of 10% of the amount collected.
How do I get started?
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