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FAQs

FAQs

Isn’t therapy expensive? I’m not sure I can afford it.

Yes, it can be. However, I believe all health care, including mental health care, should be affordable. I offer a sliding fee scale (adjustable rates based on income and other factors) in order to help you get the help you need. Don’t be afraid to have a conversation with me about my fees and your needs.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family? What am I paying for?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way, find different perspectives and find your joy. I listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. I have extensive training in a variety of integrative therapies and help you gain the skills and the knowledge you need.

Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.”

Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce or resolve the problems you are facing.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions? How long will this take?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, the process will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Your circumstances, goals, and strengths are unique. Your commitment, in attending sessions regularly and doing your “homework,” helps the process immensely.

What does “integrative mental health” mean?

“Integrative” means unifying separate things. I approach the task of helping you reach your goals from multiple perspectives. Depending on your strengths and goals, those perspectives include addressing physical and spiritual needs and looking at relationship and community connections. I may also suggest other complementary therapies in conjunction with your medical provider and other healing professionals.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective, but alone it does not solve all issues and the side effects may be troublesome. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals for long lasting health.