My Approach to Helping
People often seek out therapy when the stress and pain of life feels overwhelming, and when the ways we typically cope no longer help us feel better. I am committed to working together with you to understand the source of your challenges, and develop practical strategies to reach your goals, beginning with our very first session.
My goal is for you to as comfortable as possible when sharing your fears, concerns, mistakes, anxiety, or shame without feeling judged, misunderstood, or criticized. I also look forward to celebrating your successes and sharing your joys. Good therapy enables us to explore your past, talk about your feelings, brainstorm solutions to problems, learn new skills, experiment with different ways to talk with others, and plan for your future.
In my experience, therapy is progressing well when we are comfortable enough to speak freely about anything, be able to quietly sit and reflect on relevant issues, cry when needed, and laugh together.
More Info About My Practice
I offer a free initial consultation to see if we will work well together, and am willing to discuss a sliding scale for payment in cases of extreme financial hardship. While I am not a "within-network" provider for any insurance companies, nor do I bill insurance directly for therapy services, I will provide you with a Superbill at the end of the month for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
In addition, there are various ways in which you may be able to receive all, or part reimbursement for my session fees:
1) Your insurance may directly reimburse you; this works for a few HMO insurance companies, and most PPO insurance companies, along with my services as an out-of-network provider. To determine if you are eligible, call your insurance company and ask about reimbursement for mental health services.
2) Several employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) or Health Savings Accounts (HSA) as pre-tax savings accounts for you to use to cover medical expenses that are out-of-pocket. As a reimbursable expense, therapy is covered for both FSA and HSA accounts.
3) If you have either a FSA or HSA, you can also use them to fund either the deductible andor the out-of-pocket expenses your insurance doesn't cover.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Half of my clinical training was obtained in various hospital settings. As such, I am familiar with the stress and crises doctors, nurses, and other medical and allied health professionals - including other therapists - face while providing patient care. I have experience working with people who have vicarious trauma, andor are struggling with burnout in their careers. If you are feeling trapped or hopeless because of work, I believe there's a constructive way forward that will feel practically helpful, and emotionally supportive, especially if you are debating whether a career transition is needed.
It is common for work stress to spill over into family life, and negatively impact our most important and supportive relationships. There are a number of practical suggestions we can implement that will improve the quality of your relationships, decrease conflicts, and help you get more satisfaction in your home life as well.