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, 30 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 first and last visit 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 part of our initial visit 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.
After your initial visit, we will schedule our follow up calls and I will provide you with all the post-care information you need to nurture and integrate the healing that occurred during our visit.
Each EMDR session is unique to each individual and where they are at in the process. Throughout our initial 3 hours together, we will spend time connecting to the nervous system and re-building its flexibility. This work is essential in caring for and aiding your nervous system.
A typical reprocessing session will require you to be in a comfortable setting where you are free of distractions. The tapping we do in session involves the use of bilateral stimulation - don't worry, I'll show you how to in our appointment - 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.
This varies depending on the client on their goals. Clients who are open and willing to make the necessary changes for them to achieve their optimal mental health, tend to meet their goals within 15-20 hours of EMDR. This is typically completed over the course of 3 to 6 months.
Integration periods are encouraged between completion of initial treatment goals and setting new goals.
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.
My initial 3 hour assessment is billed at $750.00. 90 minute follow ups are billed at $375.00. 60 minute follow ups are billed at $250.00. Most clients complete EMDR treatment in 15 - 40 hours, depending on their case and treatment goals.
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 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.