I have never participated in therapy, what normally happens in therapy?
It is about sitting down with a neutral, non-judgmental person who will actively listen while supporting you to navigate through a challenging and/or stressful event in your life. It will last about 50 minutes and you can meet once a week, twice a week, once every two weeks or once a month, whatever you may need at the time.
My friend takes medication, will that help me and can you help me with that?
For some people, medication may help with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, AHDH, bi-polar and other mental health conditions since it is found with those conditions a chemical unbalance has occurred in the brain. However, medication, in most cases, is only one answer to support you through those mental health conditions. In many ways, you can think that medication is a supplement to talk therapy. As a Marriage Family Therapist with a Masters degree, I cannot prescribe medication; however, I can work collaterally with your physician or psychiatrist who can prescribe and manage medication.
Why do you not take insurance?
It is important for this therapist to ensure confidentiality and to not engage in the practice of labeling. Labeling occurs when a diagnosis is made which is needed to bill insurance and when this happens it becomes part of your record and it can affect your future. Therefore, I do not bill insurance; however, you may ask for a Superbill at the end of each month that you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement. The Superbill will include a diagnosis, which we can discuss together and figure out if that is the best option for you.