Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started as a new client?
The first step is simply to call or email to set up an appointment. If you would like to talk more about therapy or coaching before getting started, call for a free consultation.
What is the difference between coaching and psychotherapy?
Although both coaching and psychotherapy use knowledge of human behavior, motivation, behavioral change, and interactive communication techniques, there are major differences in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility.
The focus of counseling is identification, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and nervous disorders. The goals of counseling include alleviating symptoms, understanding the underlying dynamics that create symptoms, changing dysfunctional behaviors that are the result of these disorders, and developing new strategies for successfully coping with the psychological challenges that we all face.
Alternately, the focus of coaching is development and implementation of strategies to reach client-identified personal and professional goals. There is no mental health diagnosis in coaching and the focus is on client strengths and goals. Coaching may address specific personal projects, life balance, job performance and satisfaction, or conditions in the client’s life, health, relationships, business, or profession. Coaching utilizes personal strategic planning, values clarification, brainstorming, motivational techniques, and other helping techniques.
Can I use my health insurance or HSA to pay for services?
Health insurance or HSA accounts can typically be used to pay for psychotherapy services. I am in-network with most major providers and will check your benefits prior to your first therapy visit so you understand what is covered. Health insurance and HSAs cannot be used to pay for coaching services. Coaching is not considered to be a medical service as no diagnosis is used in the coaching.
How long are appointments?
Most therapy, coaching, couples counseling, and play therapy appointments are between 45-60 minutes long. Whether you are a coaching or a therapy client, you get to move at your own pace and on your own terms. We will work together to identify your particular goals and needs, and we will schedule accordingly.
How do I know if my child needs therapy?
Children who exhibit behaviors and emotions that interfere with their day to day functioning within the family, preschool/school, or daycare, may benefit from therapy.
How do I choose a therapist that is right for my child?
The most important element in choosing a therapist is finding someone you trust and with whom you can talk openly. If you are interested but unsure if therapy is right for your child, please call or email to set up a free initial 30-minute consultation.