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Common Questions & Answers

It's not unusual to have a few questions about therapy. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about seeking therapy - and the answers to those questions.

Do you offer sliding scale rates?

Yes we do offer limited slots and availability for sliding scale clients. Proof of income is required for this service.

How long does each therapy session take?

Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time therapy 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 therapy.

How do I know I need to speak to a professional?

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, and for whatever reason, they aren’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 my friends and a mental health professional?

The difference between talking to a professional and a friend is simple. A professional is someone who has training and experience. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way- teach you skills, gain different perspectives, listen without judgment and expectations, and help you heal yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won't have to worry about someone "knowing your business". Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion and you have been confiding in a family member or friend, there is a risk that once you are feeling better you could start to avoid the person so you aren't reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Is therapy completely confidential?

The law protects the relationship between the client and psychotherapist. Information cannot be disclosed without written permission except in the following cases.

  • Suspected child abuse, dependent abuse, or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.

  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), I must immediately notify the authorities as well as the intended victim.

  • If a client intends to harm themselves, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not, further measures may be taken that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

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