Does seeing a therapist mean I'm weak or "crazy"?
No, it likely means you are human and courageous. Most people have times during their lives when they struggle with overwhelming emotions or times when they are feeling stuck. Life is often beautiful, but it can also be very hard; many people have experienced traumatic events during their lives and sometimes the impact of these traumas are felt years after they occurred. Sometimes during life changes or transition periods people feel unsure and a bit beside themselves. For many people counseling can help people build skills, work through traumas, gain surer footing and feel more confident.
How much does counseling cost?
Rates vary significantly by location and counselor. My current is $75 for a 55 minute session; I have a limited number of sliding scale slots available for people experiencing financial hardship.
Do you take insurance?
I am credentialed with Medicare, Tricare and BCBS. I also take private pay. I encourage you call so that we can discuss some of the benefits and limitations of private pay. If you find that you'd prefer to use your insurance, and you do not have Medicare, check with your insurance provider about your ability to see an "out of network provider." I'd be happy to provide you with a "superbill" for that purpose. Of course I'd also be happy to refer you to area counselors who are accepting insurance at this time.
What happens in therapy anyway?
Every counseling session is unique and designed to fit the needs of each individual. Early sessions are often focused on illuminating one's life story in regard to strengths and areas of struggle. Early sessions are also a time of clarifying goals. Often activities outside of the therapeutic session will be recommended.
It's important to note that as a client centered therapist, I see myself as a bit of a trail guide...meeting folks where they are, understanding where they'd like to end up and what they hope to encounter along the way. With knowledge of the trail and terrain, part of my role is to point out areas of interest and potential obstacles along the way...all the while walking beside and supporting both the wayfarer and the journey itself. And it's been my experience, as trail guide, summit seeking wayfayer and literal camper that sometimes the most deeply beautiful, but subtle things can happen while sitting around the campfire with ear down to one's soul in the presence of a trusted other.