Common Questions


Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Actually, what a gift to recognize when you could use a helping hand; that is something to be admired.


Why do people go to therapy?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.). Some people seek guidance toward managing a range of other concerns such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves and move toward their goals.

What is therapy like?

As everyone's journey is unique, therapy is truly a tailored experience. Therapy in my practice can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. I always welcome you to let me know how therapy is working for you.

Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

I am unable to take medical insurance at this time, but I am happy to provide a superbill for reimbursement following each session. A superbill allows a Client to be reimbursed directly from their health insurance provider. It is helpful to check with your insurance provider if they will accept superbills and how much will be covered.

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between myself as a psychologist and you. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is not discussed anywhere but in our session together, except for very special circumstances which we'll discuss. At your first session, I'll provide a written copy of my confidential disclosure agreement and consent, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law I can't release this information without obtaining your written permission.

However, state law and professional ethics require that I maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person. It is important to me that I protect and care for you in the best way possible as we work together.

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