Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does therapy work?
A: There is substantial evidence that therapy is effective for treating emotional adjustment issues arising from life change and challenges. I am specialized in empirically supported (backed by research evidence) therapy approaches.
Q: When will I see improvement?
A: Many clients experience a sense of relief after starting therapy by sharing their challenges and realizing that they have support. At times, stress can temporarily increase through the process of changes, but will eventually subside to healthy levels. A clients motivation and openness to trying new strategies can support progress. We will review your progress together and modify your treatment plan as needed.
Q: What types of therapy do you specialize in? What's your approach to therapy?
A: I am specialized in medical psychology, adjustment to medical conditions and disability, adjustment to cognitive impairment, stress management, anxiety, depression, and health promotion (exercise, sleep, weight, etc.). I assist individuals coping with the vast array of emotional adjustment issues that coincide with medical conditions. I have expertise in assisting adults dealing with traumatic brain injury, concussion, acquired brain injury (anoxia, stroke, dementia, MCI, aneurysm, brain tumors, etc.), spinal cord injury, and neurological conditions (MS, Parkinson's Disease, MCI, epilepsy, etc.). I also work with the families for caregiver stress. I use an approach toward therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy. This means that I work collaboratively with the client to identify treatment goals, and we work together to modify the client's approach to life to improve well-being. This might mean changing the way life is approached and making some modifications to activities and communication. Also, I use other approaches such as mindfulness, strengths based therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. My personal style is one of warmth and pragmatism, helping the individual to feel supported and encouraged to make life change to improve well-being and quality of life.
Q: What are your hours?
A: Sessions are by appointment, Monday through Wednesday.
Q: Do you provide emergency services or crisis counseling?
A: No. If a pressing matter emerges, I will schedule you in the first available appointment. However, my speciality is not crisis management. In the event of a crisis or life threatening event, please call 911 or visit the Resources section of my website.
Q: How can I pay for my sessions?
A: Many individuals prefer to maintain privacy with their sessions and choose to pay out of pocket. I have set my fees at a reasonable rate to support direct pay and uphold privacy. I accept credit card. For those preferring to use insurance, I am in-network with many insurance providers, and my office will bill your insurance. Please have a good understanding of your insurance coverage and any limitations. Many of my clients have had success with using their out-of-network insurance benefits to receive up to 80% reimbursement for their sessions. My office will also submit claims to your out-of-network benefits. You can also use your Health Savings Account (HSA).
Q: How long does therapy last?
A: An individual therapy session last between 45 to 55 minutes, and a course of therapy can last from 8 to 12 sessions, usually starting weekly then tapering to biweekly and monthly. Some individuals benefit from longer term therapy at a reduced frequency. Each individual has different needs, and a treatment plan will be tailored to suit your needs.
Q: I worked with you a few years ago, and I'm having some challenges with stress again. Can I return for a few sessions?
A: Absolutely. You can return at any time for a few sessions as an established client, meaning there is no need for initial assessment. It is common for people to need a "tune up" periodically as they encounter new life challenges. If, however, my practice is full, and I am not able to schedule you within a reasonable time frame, I will offer referrals and other community resources.
Q: Do you provide evaluations, recommendations, or statements for items related to my litigation, medical leave, or disability status?
A: No. These are areas of speciality, and I am not specialized in these areas. Therefore, I can refer you to someone who has this speciality.