How can I benefit from therapy?
Therapy can help you:
Release patterns, behaviors or past experiences that hamper your current life
Reduce symptoms of depression & anxiety
Reduce fear & anger
Gain a sense of self-worth
Create healthy boundaries with others
Develop healthy self-care practices
Learn to communicate effectively
Gain skills to become more mindful, present and aware
Replace external/environmental ‘supports’ (drugs, food, etc) with internal supports
Evaluate the health of relationships
Explore Spiritual, Religious, or Existential topics and deepen your connection to Nature
What is your approach to therapy?
The program is a holistic approach, meaning I view you as a whole person. I take into consideration mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects. I consider your connection to the Natural World around you. I use research supported theories and techniques unique to you and the issues presented. My theoretical orientation is drawn from Gestalt and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, as well as spiritual traditions such as Buddhism and Paganism.
Do I need to do yoga or have any experience with meditation?
No previous yoga or meditation experience is required. You will not be asked to do yoga or practice meditation unless these techniques interest you. Although these methods are effective for decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression, they are not suitable for everyone. We will discuss any and all methods in-session to ensure your comfort and understanding of the treatments.
How often will I need to come?
Initially, weekly visits are usually indicated. The faster we can get to know each other and build the therapeutic relationship, the faster you can expect to see both symptom relief and lasting change. Meeting less frequently (i.e. every other week) is usually an option toward the end of treatment.
How long will this process take?
Thought patterns and behaviors are developed over a lifetime. Learning new ways of thinking and shifting behaviors may happen quickly, and other times will take consistency and time. My intention is for us to work as deeply and effectively as we can to realize your goals.
Do you take insurance?
I am considered an “Out-of-Network Provider.” To find out whether you have benefits simply call your insurance provider, ask whether you have “out-of-network benefits for mental health,” and what those benefits are (deductible amount and percent reimbursed). My fee is $120 for a 50 minute session, and I accept sliding scale based on income.
Is my treatment confidential?
Yes your treatment is confidential and your privacy is protected by law. Confidentiality is only broken if you express an active plan to hurt yourself or someone else. In rare cases treatment records can be subpoenaed by court-order.