Frequently Asked Questions
How can therapy help me?Psychotherapy is a long-term process, so donít expect instant solutions to problems. My therapy is about guiding and directing you in a process of self-efficacy, resulting in life-long solutions rather than quick fixes.
What can I expect at a therapy session?The first session with me will be different from future visits. The first visit is a period for you and me to get to know each other and tailor our approach on how we should proceed. During the first session, you will be asked about your reasons for seeking therapy and what feels wrong in your life. History taking may include discusion of such things as your childhood, education, relationships (family, romantic, friends, etc), your current living situation and your career. Future visits will be therapeutic in nature.
How long does a session last?The typical length of a session is about 50 minutes. With prior agreement, some sessions may last longer. Forensic-related interviews will typically last 90 minutes. Crisis interventions and crisis debriefings will also typically last 90 minutes, or when all participants agree to a concluding time. Length of time for live scenario and in-the-field sessions for trauma exposure treatment will be agreed upon prior to scheduling.
How many sessions will I need?Most often people find 6-12 sessions as a typical treatment time. However, each person and problem is unique. Treatment planning is usually formulated no later than the third session, and will be discussed, modified and agreed upon by all involved in the therapy session.
Does insurance cover costs of therapy?
I offer several options and methods in helping you determine the best course of action in regards to payment. Typically, insurance will only cover a portion of the treatment costs.
Pay options include cash payments to avoid the filing of insurance claims- an option particularly suited in some cases for police officers, emergency service providers and military members concerned about how treatment records may affect their future professional careers.