WHAT TO EXPECT

Individualized Attention

My goal is not for you to be in therapy for years on end but to get you living a more meaningful life and to make my job obsolete as quickly as possible. We won’t just talk, we will roll our sleeves up and work towards change. 

I intentionally maintain a smaller caseload, so I can focus more energy on you during our session and more time reflecting on your situation in between our sessions. 

I recommend in the beginning we meet weekly to keep up the momentum we see in session, but the ball is always in your court on this. After a few months, we can then meet every two weeks. Then we can just have a “tune up” session from time to time whenever the need arises or start back weekly or bi-weekly if life starts to punch back. Don’t stress about this from the outset though as this is very flexible and person dependent. 

Financial Info

Individual teletherapy sessions are $175 and last 50 minutes. 

Walk & Talk sessions are $225 and last 50 minutes. 

For the Walk & Talk sessions, we can meet at Robious Landing in Midlothian. I have limited availability for these sessions, but am always happy to do them as walking in nature and talking is a potent therapeutic combination. The river is probably as close to an “office” as I’ll get for awhile. 

I accept cash, check and all major credit cards.

Payment is collected at the end of session. 

Insurance Info

I do not currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation that you can submit to your insurance company for “out of network” coverage. If this is a little confusing, just reach out and we can talk more.

How Do I Get Started?

First, let’s schedule a no-cost 15 minute phone consultation. This will help us decide if I am the right fit for you.

If we decide it’s a go, we will schedule your first appointment over the phone. I will then send you an email with a link to sign up for your personalized client portal. Using this portal, you can access the necessary paperwork prior to our first session and then use the portal to easily schedule future sessions.

During your first appointment

It’s completely normal to feel nervous in your first therapy session. I get nervous the first time I meet people too. We will spend this session getting to know your struggle, determining where you want to go and starting to work right away towards getting there. 

For Parents

I know it can be difficult to let someone else in on your family’s inner workings. I totally get that. My job will be to help reinforce the positive parts of your parenting even after he’s tuned you out while providing a different perspective from someone who doesn’t have a “dog in the fight.” You’re still in charge, I’m just helping out. 

Being a teenager means there’s a lot of authority figures to answer to and god knows your teen doesn’t need one more. I remember how I responded to authority as a teen (and still do as an adult sometimes). Therefore, my job will be to join WITH your son, not police him. Coercion in therapy doesn’t work. What does work is giving someone the space to talk about their struggles, helping them examine how effective their actions are in bringing contentment and introducing new, more effective tools to help them lead a happier life. II’ll always bring you in on relevant things you need to know, but first and foremost, therapy will be his space.
 

Teletherapy 

I will be using teletherapy for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. I use a secure, confidential video portal. It’s kind of like Skype or Zoom, but more secure and without the glitches. 

It will most likely always be part of my practice as clients find it super convenient. Teletherapy allows people from all walks of life – the working professional, the college kid, the stay at home parent – to fit therapy more seamlessly into their day. 

No driving, no sitting in a waiting room and you can wear flip flops or go barefoot if you want (I may or may not be as well). Research, see below, also shows that teletherapy is equally as effective as traditional, in-person therapy. 

Meta-Analysis of over 90 studies involving 90,000 clients that finds teletherapy is equally effective as face to face in treating psychological disorders.

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