Frequently Asked Questions

Therapy is a safe place to “let your guard down” and talk about the issues that are most important to you.  Participating in therapy promotes personal growth, increased insight, relationship strengthening, skill building, conflict resolution and resilience.  I invite you to make an appointment with me today.  

Individual therapy is $150 for a 50-minute session.  Couples therapy is $150 for a 50-minute session.

No, I do not accept insurance and here are the reasons why.  I am an experienced therapist with the skills necessary to help you.  My self-pay business model enables me to earn a salary commensurate with my experience and level of skill.  Paying out-of-pocket for therapy services ensures that you receive help without the restrictions that come with insurance company directives.  Your personal information is safe with me.  Paying out of pocket to participate in therapy with an experienced therapist is an investment in your well-being.  I encourage you make an appointment with me today.  After meeting me you are under no obligation to continue therapy.  You decide how often we meet.  If your insurance plan offers out-of-network benefits you may get reimbursed for a portion of the cost of each session. These benefits vary significantly from plan to plan. Contact your insurance company to determine if using out-of-network benefits is a viable option for you.  If you don’t have insurance or if you are looking for free or low-cost therapy services, please contact Trident United Way’s 211 helpline for assistance with resources in the Tri-County area.  

Yes, I offer in-person therapy sessions at my office in the Coleman Executive Center and virtual therapy sessions via telehealth.  Please select either office or telehealth when making your appointment.  I invite you to schedule with me today.    

Please arrive for your appointment on time.  If we are meeting in the office, I will meet you in the Coleman Executive Center lobby.  If you are not in the lobby, I will call you.  If we are meeting via telehealth, I will meet you in my virtual waiting room.  If we have technical difficulties, I will call you.  

Yes, therapy is confidential.  During our first session we will discuss confidentiality including limits to confidentiality and issues specific to individual therapy, couples therapy and telehealth therapy.  

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the training and experience necessary to help you resolve conflict, face adversity, process grief and loss issues, build insight,reduce symptom and improve communication.  I use a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach to help individuals and couples evaluate their thoughts and make connections between thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns.  I am non-judgmental and I understand the practical and emotional challenges associate with modern family life.  

No, I do not prescribe medication.  The combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy helps people treat issues such as depression, anxiety and ADHD.  I have many years of experience providing therapy for people who take medication.  I am happy to discuss ways that therapy and medication work well together.  For many people who do not want to take medication cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective non-medication treatment option.  I have many years of experience providing therapy for people who don’t take medication.

Individual and couples therapy sessions are 50 minutes long.  The therapy treatment process can be brief (one or two sessions) or long-term (many sessions) depending on the issues that you want to address.  I encourage you to make an appointment with me today.  We will work together to develop your treatment goals.

You and I work together to ensure that therapy meets your specific needs.  You decide how often you want to meet with me.  Many people find that meeting one time per week at the beginning of therapy is most effective.  After the initial phase of treatment some people continue to meet with me one time per week.  For other people meeting one time every two weeks works best and some people prefer meeting one time per month.  I am flexible and happy to work with you to establish a therapy routine. 

Therapy stops when you resolve the issues that you came to therapy to address or when you decide that you don’t want to participate in therapy.  We talk about the end of therapy from the very beginning of therapy.  As your therapist I am a reliable supporter who accepts you as you are.  We work together to promote self-care, compassion, understanding, resilience and personal growth.  

Yes, after establishing a therapeutic relationship with me you are always welcome to come back.  There are sometimes in all our lives that therapy can be helpful.  It is especially helpful when you have a therapist who understands your situation without you having to “start over”.  Most importantly, a therapist that you can get an appointment with.  I encourage you to get started by making an appointment with me today.  

No, I am not set up to provide crisis counseling.  If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, contact the 24/7/365 Statewide Crisis Response dispatcher at 833-364-2274, or call 911. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

No, I work with adults.  

Please send me an email with your question and I will do my best to respond promptly.