How often will we meet?
I meet with clients at least once a week at a time that is reserved solely for you. I know therapy can be a big commitment of time, energy, and money, and weekly sessions are much more effective at establishing our relationship and building momentum towards your treatment goals. We can consider stepping down to less frequent sessions later on in treatment.
Will we only talk about food and body image?
Our relationship to food and body intersects with many other areas of our life, and I consider whatever you bring in to session to be relevant for us to explore together.
What is your treatment style?
I use an integrated approach that draws on Feminist Therapy, Relational Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-based techniques, amongst other influences. This entails identifying the present-day thoughts and behaviors keeping you stuck and exploring some of the earlier life experiences that may have shaped these patterns in order to foster sustainable change.
Will you help me lose weight?
I am a Health At Every Size practitioner, which means I do not support intentional weight loss because of the physical and emotional harm caused by dieting. I take a weight-neutral approach to health which shifts the focus to those health promoting behaviors that will improve your embodied experience regardless of the number on the scale. I empathize deeply with the desire to lose weight given the pressures of diet culture and the stigma experienced by individuals in larger bodies, and we can explore all of this together in session.
How long are sessions?
Individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes. If you arrive late our session will still end on time in order to respect the time of the next client.
What is your cancellation policy?
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. This means if you cancel your session with less than 24 hours notice for any reason I charge my full fee as I am unable to schedule someone else in this time slot on such short notice.
If an excessive number of sessions are cancelled even with more than 24 hours notice, I will bring this up in session to discuss what’s going on and determine whether I can continue holding your weekly spot.
How long will I be in therapy?
Recovery is highly individualized and varies depending on many factors. The length of therapy ranges depending on the nature of what you want to work on and the depth of work that most supports your healing. As much as I love my clients though, my goal is for you to not need therapy forever. I want you out there living your life and thinking a lot less about your body and food!
How much does therapy cost?
Therapy is an investment in your life and future. I charge $140 for a 50-minute individual session. I have a limited number of appointments available at a reduced fee. Payment is due at the time of service unless we explicitly agree to a different arrangement. I accept payment by cash, check, credit card, or PayPal. I am very sensitive to the cost of therapy and encourage you to consider whether it truly fits in your budget before we start working together. For more about what goes into a therapist’s fee, read here.
Do you take insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider. I do not take insurance as I value confidentiality and autonomy in our treatment. Many of my clients are successful in submitting claims for reimbursement by their insurance companies. Click here for more information on how to determine whether you have out-of-network benefits.
Is what we discuss kept confidential?
I will never acknowledge to anyone else that you are in treatment with me or disclose any details of our work together without your consent. The only exceptions to this are in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to yourself or someone else, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, 3) a court subpoena.
Do you prescribe medication?
I am not able to prescribe medication, but I am happy to coordinate care with your psychiatrist or other healthcare provider.
What if we’re not the right fit?
Picking a therapist is an important decision and you are welcome to talk to multiple providers to determine who might be the best fit for you. I encourage you to read therapists’ bios, policies, blogs, and social media to get a sense of their philosophies and how they practice. I also offer a free phone consultation to answer any other questions you may have, with no expectation that you will schedule a session with me unless it feels like we are well matched.