How much does therapy cost?
There are a few considerations to be made in understanding the cost of therapy. With those who are choosing to use their insurance, their policies can dictate the level of coverage they are allowed. Deductibles, co-insurance and copays can all be clarified by contacting your insurance provider. "In-network providers" contract with the prospective insurance company to provide a discount in services. With those who choose to contract as a "fee for service" with a therapist can generally negotiate a set rate for services. I offer both options for people who are seeking therapy and because there are many variables that go into the cost, be sure to consider what might be the best option for you by contacting your insurance company. For more explanation of what goes into the cost of therapy, please read the following article from PsychCentral, here.
Are you licensed by the state?
Yes, I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
What are the differences among Counselors, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists?
Psychotherapy is offered by several types of providers, but not have the same credentials. Psychiatrists are Medical Doctors who have training specifically in the field of psychology and psychotropic medications (among others). Psychiatrists can prescribe medication while others in the field of Psychotherapy cannot. Psychologists other the other hand, generally hold a doctoral degree in psychology and often administer psychological testing that is helpful in understanding different personality traits and diagnoses that may be indicated. Other therapists usually have a Master's degree in a related discipline, which include Social Workers and Clinical Mental Health Counselors.
What are your areas of expertise?
My training includes multiple therapeutic approaches and specialties, however, my primary modality is Restoration Therapy. This approach provides a "systemic understanding of how certain forces lead to destructive cycles in relationships, which perpetuate more and more dysfunction among members" (Hargrave & Pfitzer, 2011). One of my primary specialties is aiding individuals and couples in (re)building love and trust in relationships as well as increasing healthy reciprocity, creating a healthy rhythm of balanced give and take and learning to have conflict in a productive way. Couple's therapy, individuals, teens and adolescents are all populations that I serve.
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
- Certificate: Restoration Therapy - Terry D. Hargrave, Ph.D/Restoration Therapist, Level II
- Certificate Date: 2015
Hargrave, T. D., & Pfitzer, F. (2011). Restoration therapy: Understanding and guiding healing in marriage and family therapy. New York: Routledge.
What can I expect in the first session when I see a therapist?
There are many different types of therapists and therapeutic approaches available to you. Generally, the first session includes filling out the necessary paperwork or "intake forms" followed by a discussion of why you are seeking therapy, your current symptoms and situation and your personal and family history.