I have never talked to anyone. I am used to handling things on my own. Are people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What is 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, counseling 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, and 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 should I not just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
You say you are passionate about helping women but what about men?
I am passionate about helping women but I do know that there are many men seeking help for similar issues with self-worth and anxiety. I have spent the majority of my career providing support to men who face these same issues and want you to know that you deserve a safe space to find relief. I am happy to help.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
What is a Pre-licensed Professional?
A Therapist advertised as a pre-licensed professional is under current board approved supervision for licensure in their therapy profession in the state of Virginia. This means that the therapist meets weekly with a board registered supervisor for regular mentorship and consultation regarding the service provided. All identifiable client information is kept confidential during such scheduled sessions, unless the case material falls under the limits of confidentiality. You are able to request the contact information of the pre-licensed therapist’s board registered Supervisor at any time throughout the course of therapy for any reason.
Do you accept Insurance?
Insurance is not accepted as a direct form of payment but it is possible for your session to be covered, in part or in full, by utilizing your “out-of-network benefits”. To take advantage of these benefits I can provide you with a statement (or Superbill) at the end of each month that you can submit directly to your insurance for reimbursement. The outcome of the reimbursement is between you and your insurance provider. Please keep in mind that in order to use insurance the insurance company requires a mental health diagnosis and will be part of your medical record.