Frequently asked questions
Do you offer a free consultation before I book my first appointment?
Yes. Taking the first step in searching for a psychotherapist is often the biggest one. When you make the first contact and reach out to me, I will provide a free 15-minute telephone consultation. It can be helpful to understand the nature of your concerns, answer your questions, and ensure my experiences align with your needs. If you prefer to only email that is also fine. If we decide to proceed, we can set up a time to meet in my office or online.
What can I expect at the first appointment?
During our first session you will meet with me in a safe, quiet and private space, away from the demands of your day-to-day life. You will be invited to share your story and experiences, explore your thoughts, concerns, or feelings. You will not need to tell me everything at the initial session, just enough to help me understand what it is that brought you to see me. You will have a better understanding about what to expect and have an opportunity to ask me questions. We will discuss your goals begin to develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs.
Do I need a referral from a physician?
You do not need a referral from a physician and self-referrals are accepted. Just go to the contact page to make a self-referral.
Is everything we talk about confidential?
How long are sessions and how often should we meet?
Do you give homework between sessions?
The word "homework" can create anxiety in some clients, so I often refer to it as follow-up items or self-work, or anything the client finds more fitting. It's important to practice what you've learned in our sessions, but this trigger and other factors can affect a person's ability to follow through. I base these follow-up items on the client's own unique needs, abilities, learning style, and circumstances in order to develop activities as appropriate. Some examples may include worksheets, journals, books, reflections, relaxation, mindfulness, and so on. We will decide these together.
What payment methods do you accept?
Is coaching different from therapy?
Yes. Coaching doesn't directly focus on your past or emotional healing or mental health. Rather, coaching identifies actions that will help achieve your life goals in the here and now. It is not uncommon to work with a coach while you work with a therapist or counselor. Many coaches also have backgrounds as therapists or counselors. It is important to be clear about which service you are seeking.