WHAT TO EXPECT
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 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.
Individual teletherapy sessions are $200 and last 50 minutes.
Sessions are held either virtually or over the phone depending on what works best for you that particular day.
I do Walk & Talk sessions every Wednesday morning at Robious Landing in Midlothian starting at 8:30AM and ending at 11:30AM. I have limited availability for these sessions, but am always happy to do them as I personally think that there is something powerful about men walking in the woods hashing out their problems as they have done for thousands of years. The river will be as close to an “office” as I’ll get anytime soon.
For payment, I keep a credit card on file in my secure electronic health record. Payment is collected at the end of each session.
I do not work with insurance companies because of the restraints they impose on therapy.
If you would like to submit paperwork to your insurance company for potential reimbursement, I would recommend contacting them and getting their approval upfront. You would then pay for the session out of pocket, I would send you what’s called a Superbill and you would send the Superbill to your insurance company.
If you have any questions on this process, do not hesitate to ask.
How Do I Get Started?
First, let’s schedule a no-cost 15 minute phone consultation. This will help us decide if we are a good fit for one another.
If we decide it’s a go, we will schedule your first appointment. 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.
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.
I use teletherapy only and probably will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I use a secure, confidential video portal. It’s kind of like Skype or Zoom, but more secure and without the glitches.
I find teletherapy equally effective as in person therapy. Research, see below, seems to bear this out as well.
It’s also super convenient and 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).
Meta-Analysis of over 90 studies involving 90,000 clients that finds teletherapy is equally effective as face to face in treating psychological disorders.