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  • What is therapy/counseling?
    Both therapy and counseling are opportunities to talk about issues that are important to you. You will have a trained objective person help you work through not only the current situation, but also assist you with dealing with similar situations in the future. Therapy is more long-term and can be about one specific problem, or it can be about multiple problems. Counseling focuses on a specific issue for a limited amount of time. Both therapy and counseling are collaborative events that require an active role from both parties for change to occur.
  • What type of counseling and therapy do you provide?
    I am trained to provide individuals, families and couples using the following approaches: * Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables individuals to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are the result from past life experiences. Additional information on EMDR can be found at: * The Prepare Enrich curriculum with dating, engaged, or married couples. This evidence based curriculum helps partners identify their relationship strengths, gain understanding about the underlying dynamics that influence their communication, and then helps partners develop skills to improve their growth areas. Additional infomation on the program can be found at: * The Gottman Method (Level 1 and 2 Trained) to couples. The method is designed to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship. Additional information on the Gottman Method can be found at: * Internal Family System (IFS) Level 1 Certification Pending (April 2024) to all clients. IFS helps clients access and heal parts. Additional information on IFS can be found at: * Traditional talk therapy. Talk Therapy is used to treat a variety of mental, emotional, personality and behavioral issues through discussion and listening. Evidence based approaches are used to help promote the desired changes.
  • Why should I seek help?
    People see a therapist for a wide range of reasons. Sometimes an event occurs that causes an individual to seek out help, while for others, they may attend therapy because it provides a trained objective person to help them work through some issues they may have been struggling with for years. Counseling can be beneficial because a person may feel a sense of control in their life and have the tools to be able to make better decisions or changes in their life.
  • Do you provide in-person or online counseling?
    I am able to offer both in-person and virtual services. In-person sessions are held on Saturdays in St. Petersburg, Florida while virtual sessions are conducted via a secure and easy-to-use telehealth platform.
  • What can I expect in the beginning?
    The initial session will be an assessment to discuss your history and needs for services. During this first session you will have the opportunity to see how therapy will work, review virtual telehealth policies, privacy and confidentiality, as well as determine whether or not you are comfortable with me. It is vital to have a positive working relationship, so it’s recommended that you and I meet 2-3 times before deciding whether or not the relationship will continue. I will provide you with referrals of specialists or trusted colleagues if we feel someone else might better be able to work with you.
  • How long do appointments last and when can we meet?
    Individual appointments are usually 50 minutes. This is the standard length of an individual counseling session. Couples counseling and therapy can take 50 - 90minutes. The time frame is determined in advance prior to starting the appointment. If you are interested in a longer intensive session please contact me regarding availability and pricing. Sessions are available late afternoon, evening and weekends. In-person sessions are available Saturdays in my St. Petersburg office.
  • How often will we meet?
    To begin, we will meet once a week or bi-weekly. I find that it is important to gain some momentum in the beginning or progress can stall out. Once some or all of your goals are met, meeting less often will make sense.
  • How much do you charge?
    Individual Therapy Sessions - $125 per 50 minute session. Family Counseling - $150 per 55 minute session Pre-marital Counseling and Relationship Counseling- $150 per 60 minute session (4 sessions required to meet Florida Statue) **prepayment discount available) Couples Therapy - $150 per 60 minute session and $175 per 90 minute session Payment will be collected electronically at the end of service. I offer a small amount of appointments for individuals unable to pay full fee. If you have a financial hardship please discuss this with me or contact Open Path to determine if you qualify for affordable services through their non-profit organization:
  • Do you accept insurance?
    For individual sessions, I accept Oscar Health, United Healthcare, Oxford, Cigna, and Aetna (non-government plans). For couples sessions, insurance coverage is limited. In order to bill services under insurance, a mental health diagnosis and medical necessity is typically required.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    I require 24-hour advanced notice of cancellation or you will need to pay for the appointment. It is important that we meet consistently in order to make progress. Additionally, because appointment slots are limited, if you do not provide timely notification, others in need of services could be affected.
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