What therapeutic interventions or models do you use?
I draw from Attachment Theory, which means I give a special focus to your early relationships, particularly how you received love, and experienced connection and support. We explore what makes you feel emotionally safe and when do you feel threatened in a relationship.
I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when unhelpful ways of thinking lead to undesirable outcomes. We explore how these thoughts or beliefs came to be and you get to decide if you want to keep, or replace them with more helpful one.
For people who feel stuck and overwhelmed by emotions, I love using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which teaches acceptance of the things that you cannot change and commitment to the things you value (what you want to stand for in life). This often prioritizes the doing more than the feeling, which can be very helpful for someone who is paralyzed by anxiety.
I often use Internal Family Systems (IFS) to help people make sense of seeming contradictions within themselves. When competing desires, thoughts, or behaviors are causing distress to the individual or couple, IFS can help people feel integrated, whole. IFS suggests that all of your different competing parts are good, sometimes "burdened or exiled," but they are always good. IFS helps to create harmony where tension, burden, and fear exist.
Do you take my insurance or offer a sliding scale rate?
I am not contracted with insurance panels, but I do provide a medical/billing statement that you can submit to your respective insurance company for reimbursement.
To be an informed consumer, you should know the following. In order for your health insurance company to cover the cost of your treatment, a therapist must diagnose you with a mental health disorder. It is then up to the insurance company to decide on the frequency and duration of the treatment based on "medical necessity." For this reason, some prefer to pay out of pocket.
I do offer a sliding scale when finances are a prohibiting factor to getting the help you need in order to get back on track with your life. There are a select amount of sliding scale spots that are offered during the course of each quarter of the year.
How long is each therapy session?
A typical individual therapy session is one hour. For individuals in crises or couples and families, I offer a 90 and 180 minute session when longer sessions are needed for crisis management and stabilization.