What kind of doctor are you?

I am a licensed clinical psychologist. I have earned the highest level of education among all mental health professionals. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I continued my education and training for an additional ten years.

What is the difference between talking to you and talking to a close friend or family member?

Someone who is skilled in listening and trained in working with the mind can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your current difficulties. Additionally, therapy is completely confidential. You don’t have to worry about someone sharing your secrets with others.

I am under 18 years old and my parents want me to go to therapy. Will they know about what we talk about in session?

Minors, those under 18 years old, cannot consent to treatment. In other words, a minor will need their parents’ permission to be in therapy. Before our first session, I will meet with you and your parent(s) where we will discuss the circumstances under which information will be kept private between us, or shared with them. Together we will reach an agreement regarding confidentiality.

However, any serious threats of harm to yourself or others will not be kept confidential.

How does it work? What do I have to do during the sessions?

Generally, the sessions take on a conversational quality. Together we shed light on the unknown feelings and perceptions that are causing you difficulties. Because each person has different reasons for seeking therapy, sessions tend to vary depending on each individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs and personality style.

How long will therapy take?

Individual therapy is most beneficial if we meet on a consistent weekly basis. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take varies depending on your desire for personal development and the factors driving you to seek therapy in the first place.

Do you accept insurance?

I don’t accept insurance, but I am registered as an out-of-network provider. If your insurance plan allows for out-of-network providers, your insurance company should reimburse you for a percentage of the session fee. You may want to ask your insurance company about the benefits on your policy.