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. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is it manages the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
We just talk discussing the topics that you need to address. I will ask you a lot of questions about your life, your feelings and reasons of your actions and reactions. I may also suggest a different point of view on things, but that depends on the necessity. I can also just listen to what you say.
I have a very strict “no judgement” policy that means that no judgement is allowed in our counseling space. This means that I do not judge you and I do not allow you to judge yourself because I consider judgement one of the most detrimental things for one’s relationship with oneself.
How long will it take?
As I am a long-term oriented therapist specializing in deep healing, the least amount of time we need to achieve any noticeable results while meeting weekly is 3 to 6 months. If you look for short-term solutions, my wellness services could suit you better than counseling services.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.
What is the difference between online and in-office therapy?
Beside the obvious difference that the in-office therapy happens in an office and online counseling happens on an online platform, the difference is the space between us. I switched from in-office therapy to online because I found out by experience that online setting allows me to connect quicker and deeper with the people I am helping.
The other difference is the number of senses present in the session: we have visual and audial information while doing a video session compared to visual, audial and olfactory information while being in the same space. However, I think that olfactory information is not very important for the type of work that I do.
Are there any issues you do not treat?
Yes, due to my area of expertise: deep healing for your relationships with yourself and others and the format of our work: online, I do not work with people who have a diagnosis of a serious and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, people presenting risk to themselves and others which may include self-harming behaviors, suicidal or homicidal ideation, domestic violence.
Do you take insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider for insurance companies, which means I am not contracted with any insurance companies. So, for our sessions you will have to pay out-of-pocket. However, if you have out-of-network benefits in your insurance policy, I can provide you with an invoice that you can present to your insurance company for reimbursement. To facilitate this process, I contracted with a company that can make it easier for you. You can check it here.