But do I really need therapy?
I truly believe that everyone can benefit from therapy, and at any point in their life. We can all benefit from learning more self-love, greater compassion for others, better self-care, some kind unbiased feedback, more honest reflection.
Think about it this way: if you buy an expensive car, you're damned sure gonna be taking it in for regular maintenance tune-ups, even if there isn't a problem. Assuming you find your own health, happiness, and life more valuable than any material possession, there's no reason why seeing a therapist shouldn't be the same kind of tune-up for you, with or without a major problem in your life currently.
Truthfully, I had never envisioned myself working almost exclusively with millennials. But as I was building my private practice, I thought back to the wide range of clinical settings I’ve worked in, with all different populations, and reflected a lot on the type of clients with whom I do my best work. After lots of back and forth, I realized it wasn’t one particular diagnosis. And it wasn’t with one specific therapeutic modality. It’s millennials. And from a personal standpoint, I know how frustrating it can be to find a therapist with the qualifications you're looking for, but then quickly discover you just don't connect with them. And a good connection is a non-negotiable part of therapy. Maybe they don't speak or relate in the manner you do, don't have the same values or interests, or you feel like they just don't really get you. I've been there too. But it doesn't have to be that way.
That said, other specific populations I tend to particularly gravitate to are the criminal justice-involved (regardless of what side of the bars you find yourself on), individuals dealing with psychosis, and substance abuse. I also want to help young therapists working toward licensure become their most authentic self, both inside and outside of the counseling room.
How long does each session take?
Typically my sessions last 50 minutes. There are some exceptions to this, such as EMDR which can sometimes last 90 minutes, and an Acudetox treatment which runs about 30-45 minutes.
How often do we meet?
That depends on you. I highly recommend weekly to start off, although I understand not everyone has that flexibility or the means to do this. After awhile, most people feel comfortable reducing the frequency down to every other week.
Clinical supervision for therapists can be tailored to fit your needs, given scheduling availability.
What does the first session look like?
We will start by running through all of the boring necessary paperwork. And then I want to start getting to know you... what you love, what makes you tick, all the ways in which you're already stellar, what you're hoping to get out of therapy, what works well for you, and what doesn't. From there, we'll nail down some concrete ways in which to get you going on whatever it is you came to me for.
Are you ready to take the leap and invest in yourself?
How many coffees will I have to give up?
An out-of-pocket session with me will set you back:
FREE 15 min initial phone consultation
$140 for a 60 min initial assessment
$120 for a 50 min individual session
$140 for a 60 min EMDR session
$180 for a 90 min EMDR session
$100 for a 60 min clinical supervision
$15 for an Acudetox treatment during an individual session, $50 if stand-alone, or $150 for a group of 12 people (perfect for agencies looking to bring it to their staff or clients!)
But to answer your question, you'll give up zero coffees because you're welcome to use the Keurig in my office building! As for avocado toast, though, you're on your own.
Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately I do not at this time. However, I am happy to provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
I believe that therapy should be affordable and accessible to all, so I do offer a few sliding scale spots, yes. My sliding scale clients are asked to sign up with Open Path Collective, which I am a part of. This will significantly reduce the amount you pay for our sessions together (will be somewhere between $30-$60).
Note: If none are presently available, I am more than happy to provide appropriate referrals! Because finding a good therapist really shouldn't be this damn hard. I'll decipher their clinical jargon so you don't have to figure it out alone.
Why the difference in price for Acudetox during a session vs. stand-alone?
It honestly just boils down to the time commitment. Acudetox treatments last 30-45 min, and that's time I can't be spending with therapy clients. Plus, I rent my office space by the hour, so those are costs I have to pay on top of the cost of Acudetox treatment supplies. If you are interested in an Acudetox treatment, I strongly suggest building it into your therapy session.
Why the difference in price for EMDR vs. typical individual sessions?
EMDR is far more intensive -- emotionally, physically, and mentally, for both of us. It takes more time to prepare for it than other types of therapy sessions, in addition to the sessions generally being longer. Some types of bilateral stimulation tools (such as tappers) we might use have a significant cost associated with them. I also sometimes seek consultation when doing EMDR with clients, which can cost me more than $100/hour.