FAQ

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What can I expect in Psychotherapy:

  • You can expect compassion, sensitivity, understanding, honesty and support.
  • You can expect to be an active participant both during and between your sessions.
  • You can expect effective and proven strategies and practical guidance in your journey.

How often will I come to therapy sessions? What will happen in these sessions?

In my experience therapy works best if you come to weekly sessions with a willingness to challenge yourself and to be open to new ways of being with your life. It may require you to stretch your “emotional muscles” in new and different ways. Sometimes that may be uncomfortable. It is my job to help you keep that discomfort in a range where you can build those muscles and learn new skills.

What is your fee? Do you take my insurance? Do you take credit cards?

My fee is currently $140 per session. I am willing to slide that fee in certain circumstances. I usually increase my fee every one to two years. I do accept some insurance plans. We can discuss your specific circumstances in person. You may be required by your insurance company to meet a deductible and/or to be responsible for a co-pay. I do accept credit cards, checks and cash.

Are my sessions confidential?

All psychotherapy sessions are entirely confidential except in situations related to safety. I am required by law to report child abuse, abuse to elders or dependent adults and to intervene in safe and appropriate ways when self-harm or harm to others is imminent.

What are Signs of Depression?

  • Feeling guilty
  • Sad, or depressed, or irritable mood
  • Finding it harder than usual to do things
  • Less interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • Withdrawing from or avoiding people
  • Change of sleeping pattern
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Recurrent thoughts of death
  • Seeing myself as worthless
  • Seeing the future as hopeless
  • Self-critical thoughts
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Spending time thinking about a suicide plan
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tiredness or loss of energy
  • Withdrawing from or avoiding people
  • Trouble concentrating

Note: If you are in crisis, or in danger of harming yourself or another, call 911 or you’re nearest psychiatric emergency service.