Psychotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

Psychotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

My practice is built on Psychodynamic therapy which is also know as talk therapy. This type of therapy focuses on relationship building between the therapist and client.  The trusting relationship allows the client to share feelings and emotions that are difficult to process.  I also integrate other evidence based treatment modalities such as DBT and EMDR.

Clients are expected to pay for services directly.  Clients will be charged weekly for sessions on a credit card that is held on file in a secure billing platform designed specifically for therapists.  I do not participate in-network with any health insurance providers. It is encouraged to contact your insurance provider to inquire about out of network benefits and how to submit claims.  Monthly SuperBills are provided to all clients with the necessary codes to submit for insurance reimbursement.

It is encouraged for new clients to use email as the main form of communication.  Email allows for more streamline communication and less frustration trying to reach people via phone. Once the connection has been made, we can set up an initial conversation to determine if I am the best person to help meet your needs.

Individual therapy sessions are 45-50 minutes.  Frequency of individual sessions is determined with the client and based on how best to meet their needs both short and long term.

Group therapy meets for 75-90 minutes once a week.

Family Therapy can meet from 60-90 minutes depending on the size of the group.  Frequency varies depending on the individual needs of each family.

DBT is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  DBT is an evidenced based treatment modality that focuses on 4 different modules; Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance.  Each module provides clients with a set of skills to help them be less reactive, reduce impulsivity and make more informed choices. DBT was developed as a treatment for individuals struggling with Boarderline Personality Disorder.  Over the past 40 years is has become effective is treating individuals struggling with a variety of issues from self harm, impulsivity, regulating hard emotions, and navigating challenging relationships.

Evidence based treatments are modalities that have been proven through decades of research to track progress and effectiveness of the treatment over time. Some types of evidence based treatments include, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR.  It is important for therapists to be trained in evidenced based treatments to help clients reach their goals and have evidence to back up what that progress looks like.

The first therapy session is a time for the therapist and client to get to know each other.  Time will be spent gathering history around family, social relationships, hobbies they enjoy, and what brings them to therapy.  The assessment usually happens over the first three sessions.  The first session clients can be nervous not knowing what to expect.  The second session they begin to feel more comfortable.   By the third session, both client and therapist are able to determine if they are a good fit and establish goals for treatment.

Group therapy is made up of 6-8 individuals and 2 co-leaders.  Group leaders are licensed therapist.  The focus of the group can vary depending on the needs of the group.  The benefits of group therapy are; support of those struggling with similar issues, validation from peers, and how to practice negotiating things that are difficult in a structured and supportive environment.