My office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM.
Is a phone consultation a guarantee that you will be my therapist?
Phone consultations allow us both to get an intuitive feel for whether or not my skill set and style are a good match for your needs. If, after speaking by phone, either one of us senses it would be better for you to work with someone else, I will happily provide a referral.
Is your practice LGBTQ+ inclusive?
Yes! My practice welcomes all humans. Come as you are. You will be safe and respected here.
Do you work with issues other than grief and divorce?
Yes. In over twenty years of clinical practice, I have worked with a vast array of presenting concerns. The best way to determine the therapeutic fit is for therapist and client to speak directly with one another. I encourage you to take advantage of the free telephone consultation so that, together, we can determine if it makes sense to go forward. To request a phone appointment, please email me.
Do you see couples?
I currently work with individuals only.
What is your cancellation policy?
My practice adheres to a "reschedule only" policy.
If you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment, you will have the option to reschedule it, one time only, provided the rescheduled appointment occurs the week before, during, or after the original appointment date. Rescheduled appointments must take place within the same month as the originally-scheduled appointment. In other words, if you would like to reschedule a session that was due to take place the last week of the month, that reschedule will need to take place within the same week as the originally-scheduled appointment and cannot be rolled over into the following week or month.
Once I receive your request to reschedule an appointment, I will do my best to offer you at least one alternative appointment date/time. You will then have a specified time to accept or decline the suggested alternative.
If you decline a suggested alternative and/or if I do not hear back from you within that specified time, both the original appointment and the alternative time(s) will be forfeited and a missed session fee will automatically apply.
Do you work with children and adolescents?
My counseling practice is geared toward helping people over the age of twenty-one. If you are seeking help for a loved one who is under twenty-one, I am happy to provide you with a referral.
How frequently will I attend therapy?
This is contingent upon what is appropriate for your needs. Generally speaking, however, for the first four to six weeks, I encourage clients to attend counseling weekly. This degree of frequency allows us to establish a strong foundation. It also helps build crucial momentum toward reaching your therapy goals.
How long will I be in counseling?
The course of your therapy will be unique to you. I have seen clients achieve their counseling goals in anywhere from six sessions, to six months, to a few years. Most clients will start to notice some relief within the first twelve visits.
What is the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, and counselor?
Mental health terms are used interchangeably so it can be easy to get confused. Here are the differences:
Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist is an MD who specializes in prescribing medications for mental illness. While psychiatrists do have some therapy training (the amount of which depends upon their training program), most psychiatrists focus on prescribing and managing medication.
Psychologist: A licensed psychologist has a doctoral degree exclusively for the purpose of providing therapy or counseling and/or working in a research or academic environment. Psychologists have four years of post-graduate education, followed by two years of full-time, supervised clinical service. Psychologists do not have prescription privileges. The terms "psychologist," "counselor," and "therapist" can be used interchangeably.
MA or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC): LMHCs and MAs have graduated from a two-year Master's Degree program the emphasis of which is providing mental health services to the public. MAs and LMHCs are considered counselors and therapists.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): LCSWs also have a Master's Degree, comprised of two years of post-undergraduate training in their field. Some social work programs provide therapy or counseling education and training.