The Answers You Need
Therapy is a service. Just as much as a therapist is working to determine if they can meet your needs, it’s important that you also ask questions to make sure they are a good fit for you.
Here are some examples:
• What is your area of expertise?
• Have you worked with a client who has (name your symptom or concern)?
• Can you share your experience and how you worked with those clients.
• What can I expect in our first session?
• What is your therapy approach/style and can you explain what that means?
• Do you give handouts? Worksheets? Homework assignments?
• Can I reach you outside of our scheduled time if there’s an emergency?
What should I look for in a therapist?
Now. We often deny the signals or messages that our bodies send us. If you’re thinking about it, give it a try. Therapy can be used in various ways, not only when there is a crisis. You can start therapy if you’re needing support in sorting through concerns, a space to be heard, or for a sounding board. Therapy can also be used to maintain positive changes that you’ve made or to address past /current concerns that are hindering your growth.
When is it a good time for me to start therapy?
The frequency depends on the concern. I recommend sessions be weekly, but I have had clients who have started off with two sessions a month due to various reasons. Sometimes you just want to get a feel for what therapy is. There may also be times where your schedule only permits a particular availability. Whichever the case, the frequency is your choice.
How often should I go to therapy?
One of my main objectives when starting a business was to make it as affordable as I can. I wanted to ensure that people that look like me, could have the space to see me.
Currently, I accept all BCBS products (including Anthem), United Healthcare, and Cigna.
Do you accept insurance?
The first session is the start of getting to know you. We will explore more of what you desire to gain from therapy and begin the conversations of how the concern began. I love hearing about your background, where you’re from, support systems, and more about what is going well for you at this time.
What can I expect in my first session?
Virtual only. I must admit that COVID had me skeptical of virtual sessions. I am very keen on and appreciate the energy of being in person. However, virtual sessions have proven my skepticism wrong. I have found that the human connection can be experienced regardless of the platform.
Do you offer in person and/or virtual sessions?
Absolutely! I strongly advise that you have a consultation with any therapist. Consultations give you an opportunity to get a sense of who I am. You want to feel confident about your choice. If you are new to the therapeutic process, you may have a number of questions and I am here to answer them.
Do you offer free consultations?
By law, I can provide counseling services to persons who are residents of Virginia. However, I provide workshops and have appeared as a guest speaker for panels nationwide. I love being able to reach and connect with people from all over!