Costs of Therapy

1. What are your fees for therapy sessions?

  • Our therapy sessions are priced at $125 per hour. We believe in transparent and affordable mental health services to ensure access to quality care.

2. How do I pay for therapy sessions?

  • Paying for your therapy sessions is convenient and hassle-free. Once you've scheduled an appointment, you will receive an email with an invoice for the session. Simply follow the instructions in the email, and you can make your payment through the secure portal provided. We strive to make the payment process as easy as possible for our clients.

3. Do you accept insurance for therapy services?

  • No, we do not accept insurance. Our services are provided on a self-pay basis. This allows us to focus on providing high-quality care without the restrictions and paperwork associated with insurance. We understand that insurance considerations can be complex, so we aim to keep our billing process straightforward and transparent.

4. How can I check my out-of-network insurance benefits?

  • I don't accept insurance, but I work with Mentaya, a platform that helps clients get money back on out-of-network therapy sessions. To see if you qualify for reimbursement, you can use this link:

    Out-of-Network Benefits

    If you qualify,  Mentaya will file claims and handle the insurance paperwork to make sure you get reimbursed. They charge a 5% fee per claim and have helped people get thousands of dollars back per year. You can sign up using this link:

    Note:  Mentaya's goal is to save you time and money. It's completely optional, and as your therapist I do not benefit in any way from your participation.

  • Understanding your out-of-network benefits can help you determine how much of the session cost your insurance may cover. If you have any questions or need assistance with this process, please don't hesitate to reach out, and we'll be happy to help you navigate your insurance coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know if therapy is right for me?

  • Therapy can benefit anyone facing emotional or mental health challenges, stress, or life changes. If you're unsure, consider scheduling an initial consultation with a therapist to discuss your specific needs and concerns.

2. What can I expect from the first therapy session?

  • In your first session, you'll have the opportunity to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy, your goals, and any questions you have. Your therapist will explain the therapeutic process and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.

3. How long are therapy sessions, and how often should I attend?

  • Typically, therapy sessions last 50-60 minutes and are typically scheduled weekly, although frequency may vary based on your needs and therapist's recommendations.

4. Is therapy confidential, and what are the exceptions?

  • Yes, therapy is confidential. Your therapist will explain the limits to confidentiality, such as situations where there's a risk of harm to yourself or others, and legal obligations to report abuse or neglect.

5. How can I choose the right therapist for me?

  • Finding the right therapist is essential. Consider factors like their specialties, experience, approach to therapy, and whether you feel comfortable and connected during the initial consultation.

6. What types of therapy do you offer, and how do I know which one is right for me?

  • We offer various therapy modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT), and more. Your therapist will help determine the most suitable approach based on your needs.

7. How long will therapy last?

  • The duration of therapy varies based on your goals and progress. Some individuals benefit from short-term therapy, while others may engage in longer-term treatment.

8. Can I involve family members or friends in my therapy sessions?

  • In some cases, involving loved ones can be helpful. Discuss this option with your therapist, who will guide you on when and how to include others in your sessions.

9. Is therapy only for people with severe mental health issues?

  • No, therapy is for anyone seeking support and personal growth, regardless of the severity of their challenges. Therapy can help with everyday stress, relationship issues, self-improvement goals, and more.

10. How can therapy help with specific issues, like anxiety, depression, or trauma?

  • Therapy provides a safe space to explore and address these issues. Your therapist will use evidence-based techniques to help you manage symptoms, gain insight, and develop coping strategies.

Anxiety and Mindfulness Therapy

1. What is the best therapy for anxiety?

  • The most effective therapy for anxiety often depends on the individual and the severity of their symptoms. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is widely recognized as one of the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders. Other therapeutic approaches, such as Exposure Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Medication-Assisted Therapy, are also beneficial. It's essential to consult with a mental health professional who can assess your specific situation and recommend the most suitable therapy.

2. What are symptoms of anxiety?

  • Symptoms of anxiety can vary from person to person but commonly include excessive worry, restlessness, muscle tension, irritability, fatigue, racing thoughts, and physical symptoms like increased heart rate or sweating. Anxiety can also manifest as specific disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or specific phobias.

3. How does therapy help women?

  • Therapy can be highly beneficial for women facing a wide range of challenges, including relationship issues, work-related stress, postpartum depression, trauma, and more. Therapy provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment for women to explore their thoughts and feelings, develop coping skills, and work towards personal growth and empowerment. It can also help women improve self-esteem, manage life transitions, and foster healthier relationships.

4. How does therapy help LGBTQ individuals?

  • Therapy can be particularly valuable for LGBTQ individuals for several reasons. It offers a safe space to discuss and explore issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, discrimination, and coming out. Therapists can provide support and strategies for managing the unique stressors and challenges that LGBTQ individuals may face, including minority stress and family dynamics. Additionally, therapy can help with issues unrelated to LGBTQ identity, such as anxiety, depression, or relationship problems, in a welcoming and affirming environment.

Remember that therapy is a highly individualized process, and the specific benefits may vary from person to person. The key is to work with a therapist who understands your unique needs and can tailor their approach accordingly.

How Telehealth Works

1. What to Expect from an Online Therapy Session:

Online therapy, also known as teletherapy or telehealth, offers a convenient and effective way to access mental health support. Here's what you can generally expect from an online therapy session:

  • Scheduling: You'll typically schedule your sessions in advance with your therapist, and they will provide you with a secure link or instructions for joining the virtual session.

  • Technology: You'll need a reliable internet connection and a device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) with a camera and microphone to participate in the session. Ensure you have a private and quiet space where you can talk openly.

  • Confidentiality: Online therapy platforms are designed to be secure and confidential. Your therapist will also ensure that they are in a private and confidential setting.

  • Session Format: Generally, online therapy sessions can be conducted through video calls, phone calls, or even text messaging, depending on your preferences and your therapist's offerings. Video sessions are the closest to in-person therapy in terms of non-verbal communication.

  • Therapeutic Approach: The therapeutic approach used in online therapy is similar to in-person therapy. Your therapist will engage in active listening, provide support, offer guidance, and work collaboratively with you to address your concerns and goals.

  • Duration: Sessions typically last 50-60 minutes, similar to traditional in-person sessions.

  • Payment: You'll arrange payment with your therapist, usually through secure online payment methods.

2. Is Telehealth as Good as In-Person?

Telehealth, including online therapy, has proven to be an effective and valuable alternative to in-person services for many individuals. However, whether it's as good as in-person therapy depends on various factors, including the individual's needs and preferences. Here are some considerations:

  • Convenience: Telehealth offers convenience, especially for those with busy schedules, limited mobility, or living in remote areas. It eliminates the need for travel time and allows access to a broader range of therapists.

  • Privacy: Online therapy can provide a sense of privacy and anonymity, which some individuals find more comfortable for discussing sensitive topics.

  • Accessibility: Telehealth increases access to mental health care, reducing barriers such as transportation or location constraints.

  • Efficacy: Research has shown that telehealth can be equally effective as in-person therapy for many mental health conditions. However, the effectiveness may vary based on the specific condition and the individual's comfort with technology.

  • Therapist-Patient Relationship: Building a therapeutic relationship online is possible, but some individuals may prefer the in-person dynamic for the sense of closeness and rapport it can provide.

Ultimately, the choice between telehealth and in-person therapy depends on your individual needs and preferences. Some people may find that a combination of both modalities works best for them. It's essential to discuss your options with a mental health professional and choose the format that feels most comfortable and effective for you.

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