I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. This is what they are specifically trained to do. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential.
Are sessions really confidential?
Therapy sessions are a private space for you to be open and honest and confidentiality is part of my ethical code. There are rare exceptions to this rule such as if you have detailed plans to harm yourself or others, suspected child or elder abuse, or if I have received a court ordered subpoena. In these instances we will work together on taking any necessary steps or action.
What can I expect during our sessions?
You can expect a supportive environment where you are free to discuss anything of your choice. The first couple of sessions are mostly information gathering so that I can get to know you. Further sessions will look different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs and goals for therapy. Typically, it will include a combination of talking, learning, and developing an action plan for in between sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be beneficial to this process.
How long will I be in therapy for?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take depends on your personal goals and desires. My job is to help you learn the tools and skills to be able to move forward and eventually decrease therapy sessions.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I am not in network with any insurance companies. Sessions can be paid by using any major credit card. You may request a superbill from me to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement, although there are no guarantees. You can read more about my rates and policies here.
Do you offer in person sessions?
Although I do have an office that is located uptown in New Orleans, LA, my primary method for counseling will be online, or telehealth. If you have a strong preference for in person sessions please let me know and I can get you connected to a different therapist who can accommodate your needs. On the rare occasion that I am in the office and have appointments open, I will let my clients know.
Do you offer after-hours appointments?
Yes, I do have some evening availability and I also offer Saturday morning appointments every other week.