My Approach to Helping
The first step is the hardest to take, but you've already done it! It's not easy reaching out. I also understand counseling can be an expensive and time consuming investment. My goal is to make the counseling process as stress-free as possible for my clients. I offer 7pm appointments Monday through Thursday and occasional tele-sessions for those with busy schedules. I also accept Aetna, BCBS, and Cigna insurance, which makes counseling more affordable. I've watched many people achieve tremendous growth and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be part of that process with them. I would be honored to be part of you're growth and healing as well.
More Info About My Practice
I have been licensed as an LPC since 2010 and as professional counselor supervisor since 2012. I've worked with clients from many walks of life with a variety of issues, and I've learned that people are not as broken as they believe themselves to be. If you'd like to have a short conversation by phone to see if I'm the right fit for you, call and let us know. I can normally call potential clients back the same day.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Counseling is a relationship. Like any other relationship, if it's not a good fit it doesn't work. It's important to remember that if you don't trust your therapist, don't feel heard or understood, or you don't feel comfortable opening up your "can of worms" with them, then it doesn't matter how good the therapist may be or how much the therapist may know. This is possibly the most important factor when it comes to choosing the right therapist for you. That said, there are other, more practical things that are important to consider.
1. Consider what you can reasonably afford to invest in yourself monetarily.
It can sometimes take several sessions to bring about the changes you want to see in yourself, anywhere from 6 to 30 sessions or more depending on what it is you are working on. Some therapists take insurance and some do not. Insurance certainly brings down the cost; sometimes you may pay nothing out of pocket for your sessions if your therapist accepts your insurance. Private pay rates vary quite a bit, roughly anywhere from $60 to $300 per session. Most therapists can provide you with a super-bill which you can submit to your insurance company if they don't accept your insurance. This can help you recoup some of your out of pocket costs.
2. Consider your schedule and your availability.
Some therapists have evening appointments or weekend appointments and some don't. Evening appointments can be very difficult to secure as you might imagine. If you have no flexibility in your schedule and the therapist is limited on availability then scheduling is going to become a problem eventually. Not being able to get into your therapist regularly will slow your progress.
3. Learn about various therapists before choosing one.
Ask friends or family for a referral to someone they've actually seen. Ask what they liked about the therapist, what they didn't like, how the therapy was helpful to them and anything else you want to know before making a choice. Get more than one referral. Check out THIS site and other sites and look for a therapist you connect to either by their picture or by their profile. Sometimes photos and profiles just "speak" to us and somehow we are drawn to that person. Add that therapist to your list of referrals.
4. Look for a therapist who can work with your specific concerns.
Some things can be best addressed by a therapist who has a specialization. Some therapists see children, but they may not do play therapy with young children; some therapists see clients with depression, but they may not have experience with self-harm. When you find someone with the expertise you are looking for, add them to your referral list.
5. Call and talk to the therapists on your list, or see if they offer a free consultation, to see if it "feels" like a fit.
Some therapists will spend a few minutes with you on the phone answering your questions. Some therapists offer a free face-to-face consultation so that you can sit down together and get to know one another a little before you decide whether or not to begin therapy with them. Be forthcoming about the reason you're seeking therapy and ask the questions you need answered before making your decision.
Choosing the right therapist is sort of like dating. Sometimes it's just not the right fit. It's very common that people see a few therapists before finding "the one." This is just part of the process. Therapists understand this and it won't hurt their feelings if you're just not that into them. Choose the one that's right for you. It's okay if it takes a while to find them.