WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST SESSION?
Our first session together is an opportunity for you to get a sense of who I am as a therapist and for me to assess what you'd like to be different or better in your life as a result of therapy. Often times, this will look like me asking you many questions related to your past, what's going on now, and what you'd like to see different in your future. I keep this process as casual and comfortable as possible, as it can feel intimidating talking about sensitive issues with someone you just met!
IS IT NORMAL TO BE NERVOUS FOR MY FIRST SESSION?
Totally! I almost ditched my first therapy session. Vulnerability takes courage. I know how difficult this first step can be. I can assure you I make it my priority to ensure my clients are comfortable during their initial session. We will cozy up with tea, hot chocolate or cider. :)
HOW CAN I MAKE THE MOST OF THERAPY?
I have a couple of suggestions. I would first encourage you to reflect periodically throughout your week and write down thoughts, feelings, situations that you would like to see better or different for you. Is there a thought or worry that keeps coming up for you? Is there a part of your life you feel insecure about? Are there certain emotions that are difficult to manage? Take a couple of minutes to reflect and jot your discoveries down somewhere. We can chat about them in session.
Second, I encourage you to practice really good self care. Prioritize rest, maintain adequate calories & nutrition, and drink plenty of water. Therapy is most effective when your body is rested and nourished.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
Most traditional individual psychotherapy sessions are 45-50 minutes long. I typically schedule appointments on the hour. This 10-15 minute break allows me to write a progress note about the session and prepare for my next client.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
I am an out of network provider, meaning I do not accept insurance. This allows you and I to determine what is best for you in treatment, versus insurance companies asserting treatment protocols.
Many insurance companies have out-of-network benefits that allow you to get reimbursed for treatment. If you are interested in pursuing reimbursement, I will provide a statement, called a super bill, that has the necessary information for your insurance company to process the claim.
You can call the phone number on the back of your insurance card or go to your insurer's website to find out the process for filing your own claim.