I see women and young adults for individual therapy. My specialties include working with people who want to address the following:
- Life transitions through young adulthood and college-age through career and relationships
- Disorganized, unstructured, and impulsive decision-making
- Anxiety, worry, and stress
- Improving self-esteem and self-acceptance
- Perfectionism cycles
- Burnout and compassion fatigue
- People-pleasing and communicating boundaries
- Discovering a more purposeful and fulfilling life
If you’re not sure if any of these fit right now, but you want to work with me, feel free to reach out! We can sort through what you are experiencing and determine together if it sounds like a good fit.
The first step is to schedule your twenty-minute free phone consultation. The first phone consultation helps both of us get a sense that we are a good fit. Counseling works best when the therapeutic relationship is secure and meets the needs of both counselor and client. A phone consultation helps us do just that! You can use my scheduling system to schedule a phone consultation.
We will discuss your needs, what you are experiencing right now, what your history with counseling has been, and what you hope to gain from counseling. Some people know the answers to these questions right away and others may need a few sessions to sort through all the parts to come to an idea of things. The phone consultation will help us sort through what you are experiencing, and then if it feels like things are connecting, we can set up the first appointment then. Some people may need some time to think about this decision, so feel free to say so and you can reach out when ready to set up the first appointment. Counseling is a place for you to practice self-advocacy and learn your needs. What better place to start than the first call!
Once we’ve talked by phone in the consultation, you can email me when you are ready to schedule your first appointment. We can coordinate a time that would work with both of our schedules.
Overall, you can think of the first session as a free-flowing conversation through which we start getting to know each other. I’ll invite you to share more about yourself and we can also talk about what’s worked or not worked for your mental health in the past.
Some questions that I like to ask during a first session include:
- What brought you to therapy?
- What’s present for you in your life right now?
- What goals would you like to reach by going to therapy?
You can ask me questions as well. You might be curious about my experience or how future sessions work.
The most important part of a first session is to feel the vibe of the therapeutic relationship. When you feel comfortable, seen, and understood, you are more likely to feel secure to open up.
There may be times in session when something comes up that you don’t want to share right then. Counseling is a process to learn your needs, and practice communicating boundaries in a safe and secure environment. If something comes up and you aren’t ready to go there, you are free to say so, and we can regulate, redirect and reset our course. This is a learning process and I’m here to help you learn and practice the skills you want to live your most authentic self.
Online counseling serves as a way to take care of your mental health in the security of your own environment. Many clients find that meeting in their own spaces really helps them to practice the self-care strategies they are incorporating in their therapy appointments. Online counseling allows people to meet their daily and routine needs while still caring for their mental health.
Be sure to have a secure internet connection or are able to connect to your data plan in a location that gives you the most privacy possible.
A stationary spot for your computer, laptop, phone, or tablet is super helpful. Hand gestures are a big part of our natural and organic way of communicating and giving space for your most authentic self to be present really helps the therapeutic process.
Bring a notebook, writing utensils, sticky notes, or whatever your heart desires. Creating a log of your own insights, patterns, cycles, wisdom, strengths, and more helps ground yourself and enhance your growth in therapy.
Insurances covered online counseling prior to the COVID 19 pandemic and are at this time covering these services now. When you are ready to set up an appointment, you can use my Insurance Questionnaire form to guide you through the insurance verification process to be sure your plan covers the services you are seeking.
Fees and Insurance
Counseling sessions are 55 minutes and cost $175.
I am currently paneled with BCBS PPO, Aetna PPO, and Cigna PPO. To verify that I am an in-network provider with your plan, you can download and use my Insurance Questionnaire when you contact your insurance company. It is a fill-in-the-blank form that will walk you through understanding your insurance benefits. When we talk by phone for your phone consultation, having this information on hand will allow us to schedule your appointment right then.
Some clients choose not to use their insurance benefits or do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis. If this is the case, I provide a form that you can fill out to opt out of using your insurance benefits.
If you participate in a health insurance plan that I do not accept, your health insurance company may pay a part of my fees as an out-of-network provider. If you choose to use your insurance, I will not file claims for you, but I will give you a receipt for my services with the information the insurers need to pay you back if allowed by your contract. This receipt will include a mental health diagnosis, so it’s up to you if you feel comfortable with that being shared in order to receive reimbursement. You can download my Insurance Questionnaire form to contact your insurance company directly to ask about your out-of-network coverage for counseling sessions.
I understand that counseling can be difficult to afford for some people, and this is why I have partnered with the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective to offer a reduced rate to a few clients in financial need. If you feel you may qualify for the Open Path program, please view my profile on Open Path’s site to see if I am currently accepting new clients. If I’m not listed as accepting new Open Path clients, I recommend browsing their directory of therapists for low-cost options.
I accept credit cards only. Payment is due at the time of service. Your card will be kept on file through my secure client payment system, IvyPay, for convenience. This information will be collected at the end of the phone consultation to reserve your first session appointment.
The Counseling Process
I primarily practice from a person-centered and strength-based perspective. This means I believe that people are capable of reaching their full potential, as they define that. I also incorporate aspects of Emotion-Focused Therapy and Solution-Focused therapy in my work with clients. I draw on my experience from my training and coaching work with clients experiencing symptoms of ADHD, focus, motivation, self-esteem, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome.
The length of counseling can vary depending on what you want to work on. Many of my clients benefit from coming weekly for about four to eight weeks. After that, we re-evaluate together whether weekly sessions are still helpful, and then we may decide to start spacing out sessions to bi-weekly or monthly. Some clients find meeting weekly for a longer period is useful and prefer the opportunity for deeper work that this entails. Some clients like to come back for periodic “tune-up” sessions from time to time after they’ve stopped coming regularly. I will work collaboratively with you to figure out how long will be best for your unique goals for counseling.
I offer video sessions via a secure telehealth platform. Once we set up your first appointment and you have filled out the intake documents through the secure portal, I will send you the link for your appointments.
When you are not able to make it to your appointment, you can text or email your need to change, cancel or reschedule your appointment. Please let me know as soon as something changes for you. This allows me to offer this time to someone who may need to schedule. If you do need to cancel, please notify me within 48 hours of your appointment time. The fee for canceling within this time frame is $125.
I will only waive this policy in the event of a serious or contagious illness or emergency.
Please reach out and ask! You can schedule a consult call through the portal or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.