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FAQs

FAQs

Are you meeting with people face-to-face during the COVID-19 crisis?

I am providing video telehealth services only at this time.

I have just lost my job and can’t afford therapy. Are you offering low-cost services?

If your household has experienced a recent loss of income, this is a time for more support, not less. I am doing all I can to provide low-cost services as this time. Please see my Rates & Insurance page for more information.

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. It takes courage to reach out for help. And everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, we will identify and affirm your strengths and find new ways to use those strengths to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

Connecting with trusted friends and family can contribute to an empowered and resilient life. But sometimes that isn’t enough, or we simply aren’t ready to discuss things with the people closest to us. Therapists are trained to listen without judgment or expectations, to help you listen to yourself, and to suggest new ideas when appropriate. Also, therapy is confidential. I am not part of your life outside of our work together. This means that you have a protected place to explore difficult questions. And you won’t need to edit your story to please other people.

Why do you have a Master of Divinity?

A Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a professional degree in theology, which is required to become an ordained minister or priest in some Christian churches. I earned the degree on my way to finding my identity and role as a therapist. I am not a pastor, nor do I work from a religious or faith perspective. However, I am fluent in North American Christianity, and have personal experience with Evangelical, Charismatic, Anabaptist, and Mainline traditions. This training is especially helpful when people have concerns that intersect with religion, faith communities, and Christian culture.

Will you diagnose me with a mental disorder?

I do not view the problems in your life as a sign of an illness or mental disorder. Problems exist outside of people, and people do their best to manage those problems. Since you are seeking therapy, you may be facing a problem that you haven’t met before. Or, maybe you want to learn new ways of managing old problems. In any case, you or someone else may have already chosen a diagnosis, as a kind of shorthand description of how problems have been affecting you. We can discuss whether that diagnosis is useful for you. If you want to use your medical insurance, a diagnosis will be required by your plan, to explain why you are receiving therapy. We can discuss your options in our initial consultation.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be helpful for some people, and can be useful in combination with therapy, but medication cannot solve all problems. All topics are fair game in therapy, including the role of medication in your life. But whether you choose medical treatment is between you and your physician.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

We will have a series of conversations about your life and the problems that have brought you to therapy, explore the sources, effects, and meanings of these problems, and find new ways of applying your knowledge and strengths in order to create a life that you choose.

How long will it take?

For many people, just the process of beginning therapy can bring some relief. It can be reassuring and comforting to be heard, and to have a skilled helper in your corner. But it’s impossible to say exactly how long you will want to remain in therapy. Everyone’s circumstances are unique. The length of time you continue to benefit from therapy depends on your goals, desire for personal development, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. If you ever find it difficult to continue therapy because of transportation, finances, childcare, or anything else, please bring this up with me. We can discuss ways to eliminate or reduce the effects of those challenges.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

Be yourself. That’s enough.

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