I post consult times as openings become available. If you see available consult times here, this means there is an opening in my practice.
Do you have evening appointments?
My office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM until 1:00 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.
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.
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 need to miss a scheduled appointment, you have the option to reschedule it, provided the rescheduled appointment occurs the week before, during, or after the original appointment date.
If you’d like to reschedule, I ask for as much advanced notice as possible. The more lead time I have, the greater the likelihood that I will be able to offer an alternative appointment that works with your schedule.
Once I receive your request to reschedule an appointment, I will offer you at least one alternative appointment date/time the week before, during, or after the originally-scheduled appointment. You will then have up to 2 hours to accept or decline the suggested alternative. If you decline the alternative and/or if I do not hear back from you within 2 hours, both the original appointment and the alternative time(s) will be forfeited and a missed session fee will 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.
Is there a risk-free way for me to get started?
Yes! Follow the link below to schedule your free, 15-minute phone consultation. I typically respond to messages within a few hours. So you won't have to wait long.