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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What insurances do you accept?*
Unitedhealthcare, Optum
& Oscar

*If you have Out-of-Network (OON) benefits, your insurance will partially reimburses you 50-80%. Call your insurance to find out! I will help you! Click here to learn more about using OON benefits.

If you decide to self pay, my fee is $130 for 45 min. sessions. 

I take Zelle, Quickpay, and all Cards (including HSA/FSA).

2. What can I expect from our first therapy session together?

In our first session, you can expect a welcoming and safe space where we'll begin to explore the reasons you're seeking therapy and what you hope to achieve. It's an opportunity for us to get acquainted and for me to gain an understanding of your personal history, current challenges, and goals.
 

3. How often should we meet for sessions?

I typically recommend starting with weekly sessions to establish a strong therapeutic relationship and to maintain momentum in our work. Over time, as you begin to experience changes and achieve your goals, we may decide together to adjust the frequency of our sessions to biweekly or monthly, depending on what supports your growth best.


4. How long does the therapy process usually last?

The length of the therapy process varies widely among individuals, as it deeply depends on your unique needs, goals, and how the issues we're addressing unfold. Some people find significant progress within a few months, while others may benefit from longer-term support. We'll regularly review your progress to ensure therapy continues to meet your needs and adjust our plan as necessary.

5. Is there a cancellation fee?I hold your scheduled appointment time specifically for you and you alone. I also see a limited number of clients so that I can give you the focus and attention you deserve. Therefore, I charge $100 for individual appointments canceled with less than 24 hours' notice. The charge cannot be billed to insurance and is due the day of cancellation.

6. What are some of your specialized areas?

Given the modalities used (described in more details below), I specialize in processing emotions (such as, sadness, self-doubt, joy, & peace), processing thoughts or behaviors (including extreme, rigid, or presumptive ones), processing past or present traumas (including childhood trauma and grief), improving assertive communication, identity distress (racial, sexual, gender, 1st gen. stress etc.), existential crises (quarter life crisis, etc.), and life transitions (such as, dating, breakup, family planning, big move, etc.). 

7. How do I know if therapy is working for me?

Signs that therapy is working include feeling more capable of managing emotions and stress, noticing improvements in relationships and communication, achieving personal goals, and experiencing a greater sense of well-being and self-understanding. Therapy is a collaborative process, so I encourage open dialogue about your experience and any changes you're noticing.


8. Is everything I say in therapy confidential?

Yes! What you share in therapy stays between us. Psychotherapy is confidential unless: there is clear and imminent danger to yourself or another person, or you disclose information that provides evidence of current abuse or neglect of a child or an older adult, or if (on the rare occasion) I am under court-ordered.


9. What if I start feeling worse before I feel better?

It's not uncommon to feel worse before feeling better, as therapy can involve confronting difficult emotions and challenges. This is often a sign of progress, as it means you're engaging with important issues. I'm here to support you through these ups and downs, adjusting our approach as needed to ensure you're supported.

Primary Modalities Used:

I do not give advice, tell you what to do, or generalize your experience.

I honor your unique and complex inner world! 

1. What is emotion focused therapy?

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an approach to psychotherapy that focuses on
1. understanding,
2. experiencing,
3. and expressing emotions in a therapeutic setting. 

This involves recognizing and accepting your feelings without judgment.

EFT aims to help you understand the origins of your emotions, exploring how past experiences and relationships may influence your current emotional responses.

Once emotions are explored and understood, EFT works on transforming them. This can involve finding adaptive ways to cope with difficult emotions and developing healthier emotional responses.

EFT helps you navigate and manage your emotions effectively in various life situations.

2. What is mindfulness or somatic based therapy?

Somatic or mindfulness based psychotherapy  centers around grounding individuals' physiological responses of unpleasant feelings like anxiety, stress, or trauma. It focuses on recognizing bodily sensations and regulating ones' distressing physical sensations. It is  a sensation-based treatment.

Trauma, stress, and anxiety can overwhelm the body and nervous system. Somatic psychotherapy  is about processing these unpleasant sensations with intention and mindfulness, before rational processing. I will help you build your "toolbox" of soothing "resources" to help you "down" or "up" regulate your emotions and sensations. 

Symbols, metaphors, and the creative arts (including music, writings, and visual arts) may be used to explore the images or emotions that come up for you!

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