When starting therapy or completing an evaluation, particularly for the first time, it’s normal to have many questions about the process. Here you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I receive from clients undergoing counseling or evaluation. While I do my best to answer questions in a comprehensive and clear manner, some issues may be more confusing or individualized than others. Do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email for further clarification.
This page is being continuously updated, so check back frequently! If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please feel free to send them through the contact form below the FAQ section. If you feel ready to take the next step towards relief, insight, and transformation, then I welcome you to schedule an appointment today.
My regular hourly rate for individual and couples therapy sessions is $150. Depending on your financial circumstances, I may be able to offer sliding scale rates, so please do not hesitate to ask. Further information can be found on my pricing page.
Generally, yes. Confidentiality and mutual trust are important cornerstones of the therapeutic process. You can be assured that I place utmost priority on respecting your privacy and maintaining confidentiality as it relates to your sessions and records. However, there are certain legal limits to confidentiality which I will review with you during your initial consultation. While they are rarely encountered in the typical therapy experience, ultimately, they are in place to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
If you have any further questions about confidentiality before you start therapy, you are welcome to a free phone consultation during which I will happily provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.
No, no, no! If there’s one thing that drives therapists nuts, it’s the common misconception that just because you are in treatment, that means you’re certifiably crazy. This is simply untrue and completely inaccurate!
What is “crazy” anyway? People come in for counseling and therapy for all kinds of issues. Some folks need guidance around their sleeping habits, others need help managing depression and anxiety. Some are preparing to make a major life decision, while others are attempting to cope with a loss. There are myriads of reasons people come to see me, and I wouldn’t describe a single one of them as “crazy”. In fact, all of us at one time or another need some extra support, guidance, and/or tools to help us function our best. Indeed, it could be argued that coming to therapy may be one of the smartest, sanest decisions of your life 🙂
Of course! Our meetings will quickly help you develop unprecedented awareness and understanding of emotions, thoughts, and patterns of behaving you may have been completely oblivious of prior to therapy. More often than not, the unique process of therapy leads to a profound sense of freedom and vitality. Sometimes, though, it can feel slightly overwhelming, even disorienting. After all, you are developing a completely new way of relating to yourself, others, and the world, and it can feel unfamiliar at first. I work hard to continuously monitor these feeling and strive to foster a safe, open atmosphere so that you can bring up such concerns. From there, we reevaluate our goals and move at a slower pace as necessary.
Understandably, though, you might not always be ready to go further, or you might encounter external circumstances that force you to cease therapy. Remember: you can always resume therapy later. Likewise, if you’re ever in a position where you can no longer commit to weekly sessions, or simply would like the option of supportive services on an as-needed basis, I’d be happy to come to a scheduling arrangement that works best for you.
I understand not everyone has a lunch hour or the ability to leave work during the day. That’s why I offer weekday evening appointments as late as 7.30pm. You will not find scheduling options like this anywhere else!
It varies. Simply put, your goals and needs come first, and I will strive to accommodate you in any way I can. In most cases, if we are meeting for individual therapy at the typical frequency of once a week, you can expect significant relief after eight sessions. However, the length of therapy is often determined by the nature and severity of your concerns. For example, if you’ve been experiencing depression over the span of many years, therapy will likely continue longer, sessions may be more frequent, or treatment may be more intensive (or a combination of all three). Like most people that meet with me, we might decide the duration of therapy along the way once we develop a clearer understanding of what’s been going on for you. It is not unusual for you to come in with a specific issue and then, to your surprise, become aware of something else entirely that has been blocking you from leading a fulfilling life. Therapy may last three sessions or thirty sessions, one month or several years, depending on whether you’re seeking to learn basic coping skills or want to develop a stronger identity, a change in outlook, or a new way of being in the world. While I am skilled in brief therapy and frequently provide it, in my experience, most people find long-term therapy to be particularly meaningful and life-changing, and I’m honored to take part in such a journey with you. Learn more about individual therapy here.
I request that couples commit to attending at least eight sessions of therapy. I practice a specific approach known as Emotional Focused Therapy which is well-researched and often very effective. This approach requires that couples attend from eight to twenty sessions for maximum efficacy. Learn more about couples therapy here.
Sessions, including initial consultations, typically have a duration of 60 minutes. You are welcome to book double sessions as long as my schedule permits it, so please feel free to inquire about my availability.
When it comes to choosing between a psychologist and a psychiatrist, the following is a good rule of thumb: if you are interested in psychological evaluation, psychotherapy, or assessment, you would likely benefit from visiting a psychologist. If you are interested in medication options, then a visit to the psychiatrist would likely be useful. Keep in mind, your primary care doctor can often prescribe some of the more common antidepressants/anti-anxiety medications. Your primary care doctor might be a good place to start if your symptoms are mild and you haven’t taken psychiatric medications before. Finally, if you’re unsure what services you might need, I strongly encourage you to schedule a consultation with me. Together, we can determine which services would provide the most relief, and I’d be happy to provide you with a list of several wonderful psychiatrists in the community.
Psychologists and psychiatrists both provide services to those with mental health concerns. In Colorado, a psychologist is someone who has a doctorate-level education and has been licensed by the state to provide psychological services. To maintain my licensure, I must fulfill an annual continuing education requirement. Additionally, I frequently engage in consultation with colleagues to ensure quality of care. If you have any questions about my training or experience, do not hesitate to ask.
Psychologists specialize in providing evaluation, psychotherapy, and assessment. They typically utilize so-called “talk” therapies focusing on thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and usually will meet with you for one hour or several hours, depending on which you service you seek. They may use tests designed to assess your personality, cognitive functioning, and other psychological issues. In addition, some psychologists may use neurofeedback, biofeedback, hypnosis, and other forms of treatment. Currently, psychologists do not prescribe medications in most states, including Colorado.
Psychiatrists, on the other hand, hold a medical degree and prescribe medications as the primary mode of treatment. While some psychiatrists use talk therapy, the majority focus on using medications to alleviate symptoms. Typically, although not always, appointments are brief and lack the personalized attention and care that psychologists provide. However, research shows that a combination of psychotherapy and medications can yield the most relief, and I frequently collaborate with psychiatrists to provide the best and most comprehensive care for my clients.