Therapy is a deeply personal experience. In our fast-paced society, life can sometimes become too much. Therapy gives you a space of your own and allows you to address a number of concerns including: feeling sad or unmotivated, excessive worry, trauma, difficult life transitions, and relationship problems.
I use a personal growth model in my practice and am an active participant in the process. Nobody understands your life more than you and I respect that each individual has unique life experiences. The goal is not simply to feel better; the goal is to improve, transform, and enrich your quality of life.
You get out of therapy what you put into it. Clients who have been successful in therapy with me are those who are motivated to make healthy, supportive changes in their lives, are engaged in session, and open to feedback and reflection. To put it in perspective, an hour session is less than 1% of your week. In order to meet your goals, you must also be willing to set your self up for success the other 99% of the time.
I encourage all prospective clients to book a complimentary, 15 minute phone consultation. Once scheduled, I will send out a brief, 5 minute questionnaire for you to complete before our call. This consultation will help us determine if I'm the best fit for you as a therapist and if not, give us the opportunity to discuss referrals.
If we decide our work together is a good fit, we will schedule you for your next appointment over the phone. I will then send you a link to sign up for your own client portal where you will complete all your paperwork.
Please note that scheduling a consultation does not mean that a therapeutic relationship has been established. The consultation is to ensure fit and the time to answer any questions you may have before beginning the work. A therapeutic relationship is established upon signing the informed consent and completing the intake paperwork.
Please ensure all paperwork is completed through your client portal prior to our first appointment. If your paperwork is not completed, we will have to use session time for you to complete it.
I recommend taking about fifteen minutes before the appointment to get yourself settled and comfortable. It's common to be nervous before something new! Find a space that is both comfortable and confidential for you to have session. I recommend having the goodies with you- water, tissues, perhaps a blanket or your furry friend.
We will spend part of the first session discussing self-care strategies. After your first appointment and any future EMDR appointment, I recommend utilizing the skills we discussed and incorporating those into a self-care routine that works best for you!
Each EMDR session is unique to each individual and where they are at in the process. Prior to the reprocessing piece of EMDR, we will spend time learning and practicing relaxation and grounding skills that you can utilize outside of session. These skills are essential in managing and aiding your nervous system.
A typical reprocessing session will require you to be in a comfortable setting where you can simulated guided eye movements or tap - don't worry, I'll show you how in session. The tapping we do in session involves the use of bilateral stimulation, which engages both the left and right hemisphere of the brain. Here we are replicating the eye movements of REM (dream) sleep, and allow the brain to reduce the emotional response associated with the event we are reprocessing.
Ultimately, all you need to do in session is show up and be open to the process.
Sessions are recommended weekly until the goals that we discuss during our consultation are met. While this varies per client, research from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs suggests EMDR to typically be administered in weekly, up to 90-minute individual sessions over the course of approximately 3 months.
The exact length of treatment can vary based on a patient's needs and response, with both shorter and longer treatment periods possible.
I understand that therapy is a financial commitment. It's also a place for you to experience tremendous personal growth and healing that can change your life in many significant ways.
A number of my clients have been to therapy before seeing me and have voiced their frustrations with talk therapy as they find themselves talking in circles, ending up back where they started with no significant improvement. While treatment length varies per client, EMDR is proven to be successful for managing symptoms of trauma and cost effective when compared to standard talk therapy.
The investment for a 60-minute session is $250. An extended, 90-minute session is $300.
Insurance companies often limit the number of sessions you can attend, try to dictate certain aspects of your treatment, request private clinical information, and require that you be given a psychiatric diagnosis in order to pay for treatment, meaning a diagnosis becomes part of your medical record.
Having a diagnosis on your medical record may cause problems for you later. For example, health, life and automobile insurance companies often ask, "Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness?". Answering these questions affirmatively may have an effect on your ability to obtain coverage, etc.
I chose not to accept in insurance, in part, to ensure that any diagnosis and/or other private, personal information is not divulged to an insurance company (unless you choose to submit to them for reimbursement). By not accepting insurance, I also ensure that you are not subject to any insurance review of your treatment or progress, and treatment focus (including number of sessions) is collaboratively decided between you and I.
If you choose to submit to your insurance for reimbursement, I am happy to provide you with the required documentation. As insurance plans vary, please contact your insurance directly for reimbursement rates and protocol.