You’ve never been to therapy before, but you’ve always wanted to try but unsure of how it works or what to expect? Maybe you have been to therapy and it wasn’t helpful. Considering giving therapy another chance, but you still have questions? I have outlined some of the most frequently asked questions with answers. Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions!

What is therapy?

Therapy, psychotherapy, and counseling are all used interchangeably. Therapy is the process of meeting with a mental health professional to explore and find resolution to problematic behavior patterns, beliefs, thoughts, relationships, and or somatic issues (non physical health related). Therapy engages you in evidence based practices, in order to help you find new ways to navigate and cope with feelings, build better behaviors and relate clearly to your thoughts. In therapy you will get 50 minuets to an hour of warm, dedicated, undivided attention. I do not have answers for each of your concerns. However, I do have the ability to listen actively, provide empathy, support, ask thoughtful and meaningful questions.

How do I know it is time to seek therapy?

If you are reading this it’s too late. No seriously, if you are considering therapy why not give it a try? What’s the worst that could happen?

I usually handle things on my own. Isn’t therapy for crazy or weak people?

Not at all! Aren’t you tired from carrying all that weight on your own? Everyone can benefit from therapy. People who seek help when they need it are expressing courage, and healthy habits. We all need help every now and then. In our work together, I will help you explore and identify your strengths. We will work on ways to implement those strengths to reduce the influence of distressing things in your life.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

What should I expect during my therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions vary by person. Everyone is unique and everyone is treated as such. I tailor my therapeutic approach based on individual and or family specific needs.

How long does therapy take to complete?

The length of time spent in therapy greatly depend on individual goals and the complexities of those goals. Each person’s experience is unique to them. The length of time in counseling, in order for you to achieve you desired goals heavily depends on your desire for personal development, commitment, and other possible factors that are driving your reason for seeking services.

What if I don’t want to come back?

Let’s talk about it! Perhaps there is something that I am not understanding. Please let me know. It is absolutely okay for you say anything you need to, to me. I am only here to help. It may be that we are not a good fit and that is okay as well! I would love to assist you you in finding a more appropriate fit. No hard feelings ever. 

Where are you located?

Due to COVID-19 concerns and recommendations, ALL session will be held online using a HIPAA secure platform.

Do you prescribe medications?

No. I am not a medical doctor. Therefore, I am unable to prescribe medications. However, I have engaged in trainings and I am knowledgeable about psychotropic medications. If you have concerns I will be happy to offer resources for psychiatric evaluations and coordinate care with other medical professionals involved in your care with consent.

How much is therapy?

All out of pocket sessions are $150.00.

I also accept most Kentucky Medicaid insurance including:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Passport
  • Tricare
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
  • WellCare

If you don’t see yours listed or have additional questions regarding HSA feel free to send me a message!

How long do sessions last?

All therapy appointments last approximately 50minutes. This is the standard length of a therapy session. If you are interested in a longer session (75minutes) please contact me before booking regarding pricing and availability.

How often will we meet?

To begin, most clients appreciate meeting weekly. It is important that we build rapport and gain momentum in the beginning stages or progress can stall. We will discuss the best plan for reaching your therapeutic goals. Once you move towards reaching your therapeutic goals, sessions can be spaced out to every other week, or monthly. Consistency is key!

I want to get the most out of therapy what can I do?

I am so glad that you are dedicated to getting the most out of therapy. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Just come as you are with an open mind and I will meet you halfway.