Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens During our First Session?
I always like to think of the first session as an opportunity to get to know each other, and to make sure that we both feel excited to work together.
First we will make sure that all of the logistics are taken care of (paperwork, billing, etc.), and then we will have a conversation. I will ask you questions about why you decided to start therapy, and will also ask questions to better understand your story. I want to know you, and I want to understand how you view yourself in the world. I may ask about your career, your family, your dating history, and also some specific questions about your moods, sleep patterns, physical ailments, and what causes stress in your life.
I also respect the fact that this is our first time meeting each other. If you want to pour your heart out right from the start, I welcome it! However, if you feel like you need a few sessions to really get into the groove, I welcome that as well. This is your therapy, and we can work at the pace that feels comfortable for you.
Finally, we will talk about any goals you hope to achieve from therapy, and you will get a chance to ask me questions about my role as the therapist.
Do I Need Individual or Couples Therapy?
It is hard to answer this question without knowing more about your unique situation. The good news is that there is no “wrong” answer – both types of therapy have been shown to help improve relationships, and to decrease symptoms of individual disorders like depression and anxiety.
If you’re unsure about what type of therapy you need, please contact me and I would be happy to discuss the best fit for you.
Do You Only Work with LGBTQ people?
Nope, I enjoy working with people from all walks of life!
I realize that many of my LGBTQ-identified clients appreciate and prefer to work with a therapist who also identifies as LGBTQ. I make sure to stay educated and aware of mental health & social issues that specifically impact our community.
That said, my main goal is to help individuals and couples live healthier lives with stronger relationships. If that sounds like a fit for you, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.
How Long Does Therapy Take?
It depends! People come to therapy for many different reasons, and they have different goals they are hoping to achieve. Some clients want to deal with a very specific problem in their life or their relationships, and after just a few sessions they feel like they have the tools they need to cope effectively. Other times, the work we are doing is more complex and it takes time to understand the issues and create lasting change.
As a client, you get to take an active role in deciding how long therapy lasts. This is your life, and your therapy! Throughout our sessions, I will regularly check in to make sure we are on the same page about treatment goals and that you feel like we are making progress. If things are not continuing to move forward for any reason, we will discuss that together and decide whether it makes sense to take continue therapy.
How Much Does Therapy Cost?
You can find detailed information about the cost of treatment and the use of insurance on my Fees page.