- Is therapy right for me?
If you are searching for a therapist right now, then yes, therapy is right for you. In fact, therapy is right for everyone at sometime in their life. Therapy can help to alleviate stress, depression, increase coping and/or social skills, and help with life stressors and major events.
- How long will I need therapy?
This varies per person. Everyone heals at their own pace and it is important to honor the therapy process. The therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors in successful therapy outcomes and it can take some time to feel trust to talk about underlying issues and distress. However, some clients might come to therapy with certain short-term goals that can be achieved in a relatively short-time period.
- How often will I need to speak with my therapist? I offer therapy weekly or once every 2 weeks depending on the client and their needs.
- What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel, please provide 24 hour notice if possible. We understand that sometimes missing an appointment is unavoidable; however, after 2 missed appointments with no notice, we will start charging $75 per missed appointment.
- Will I receive a diagnosis? After your initial assessment you will receive a diagnosis; this may change over time as more information is learned through the therapeutic process. A diagnosis is nothing to be afraid of, for some it could be an acute stress disorder after pregnancy or a stressful life event; for others, it could be anxiety or depression. Often putting a name on what’s going on with your thoughts and feelings can feel affirming and can relieve tension. If I feel your needs are better suited to in-person services or services at a higher level of care, I will refer you to a therapist closer to you.
Do you prescribe medications? No, I do not prescribe medications, nor will practice in the upcoming future. However, I can refer you to a prescriber and you can sign a release so that we can work together to help achieve your therapeutic goals if needed. You would need to sign a release so that we could collaborate with each other if this is the case. Most prescribers are psychiatrists, and more likely, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners ( ARNP’s) who require their patients to be in therapy during treatment. You can use your primary care practitioner (PCP) if you know a certain medication works for you; however, many PCP’s will not prescribe medications for mental health.