FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long is a therapy session?

How frequently will I attend therapy sessions?

What is the fee for service?

Will my insurance cover any of the cost of therapy?

What is EMDR therapy?

Why choose a Certified EMDR practitioner?

What is Psychodynamic psychotherapy?

What is Cognitive psychotherapy?

What is Peak Performance work?

What is Biofeedback?

What are the phases of psychotherapy?

How do I work with my clients?


 

How long is a therapy session?

Psychotherapy sessions are from 45 to 50 minutes.

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How frequently will I attend therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions are usually once weekly. However, in some cases we may meet twice weekly depending on need. Sometimes, after therapy has been ongoing for awhile and progress dictates, frequency may decrease to once every other week or less.

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What is the fee for service?

My fee is set at $150 per session.

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Will my insurance cover any of the cost of therapy?

If your insurance covers mental health services, in some instances my standard fee will be waived and your insurance company will pay for part or most of the cost and you will be responsible for a deductible, if any, and a copay. Copays are usually very affordable.

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What is EMDR therapy?

EMDR is a cutting-edge type of therapy. For information on EMDR, please click on the articles section of this website and then click on the article titled "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)."

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Why choose a Certified EMDR practitioner?

The training in EMDR consists of Level I which is a 14-hour training and Level II which is an additional 14-hour training. Therefore, most therapists providing EMDR therapy have received either 14 or 28 hours of training. This is a minimal level of training. Most of these therapists have never had any supervision and limited experience in conducting EMDR.

In an effort to provide the public with skilled practitioners of EMDR, the EMDR International Association developed a certification process which consists of, in addition to the basic training, a minimum of 50 EMDR sessions with a minimum of 25 different clients and at least 20 hours of consultation with an EMDRIA-approved consultant. Additionally, there is a requirement of 12 hours of continuing education in advanced techniques of EMDR every 2 years.

Certified EMDR Therapists are deeply invested in keeping pace with the rapidly evolving body of knowledge and new techniques in EMDR. In addition, they tend to utilize EMDR regularly and thus have more real time experience. When selecting an EMDR therapist, you can be confident in the skill level and experience of a Certified EMDR therapist.

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What is Psychodynamic psychotherapy?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy assumes that behavioral and emotional problems in the present are caused by early psychodynamics of one's past. When these connections are made and the past dysfunctions are processed and separated from, the behavioral and emotional manifestations that exist in the present change. The goal of psychodynamic psychotherapy is to experience "truth." This "truth" is encountered through the breakdown of defenses. The client learns to be honest with him or herself and becomes a more authentic person. The more one lives in their "truth," the more their symptoms will dissolve.

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What is Cognitive psychotherapy?

Cognitive therapy is based on the idea that how we think, how we feel, and how we behave all interact together. Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behavior. Therefore, negative thoughts can cause distress and result in problems. Cognitive therapy involves recognizing unhelpful or destructive patterns of thinking and behaving and modifying or replacing these thought patterns with more realistic or helpful ones.

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What is Peak Performance work?

Peak Performance work is generally used by athletes, artists and business executives. It involves identifying blocking beliefs, eliminating them and instilling more productive, performance-enhancing beliefs. Visualizations are also used to improve performance, usually in the context of EMDR therapy.

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What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a technique which involves measuring a client's bodily processes such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, galvanic skin response (sweating), and muscle tension and conveying information to the client in real time in order to raise his or her awareness and conscious control of these physical activities. By providing access to the physiological information about which the client is generally unaware, biofeedback allows users to gain control over the physical processes previously considered automatic. With this awareness, you can learn to relax yourself in high-tension situations.

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What are the phases of psychotherapy?

There are generally three phases of the therapy process: assessment, resolution, and growth/self-actualization. Many people enter therapy as a response to a personal or professional crisis, e.g., loss of a loved one through death or divorce, depression, anxiety, life stress, inability to cope, etc., or the feeling of being "stuck" in life. Upon entering therapy, the problem is assessed, a history is taken, an impression is formed, a treatment plan is developed, and therapy begins.

Most people feel better, more hopeful, after several sessions as a sense of taking control of their lives takes hold. The therapy process continues until a point is reached that they feel back on track. The behavioral and emotional symptoms that were present upon entering therapy are alleviated. They are back to their pre-crisis state of functioning. Some people elect to terminate therapy at this point. However, for those who elect to continue, the growth/self-actualization phase begins. In this phase, the focus is on personal transformation. Here, the possibility of making your dreams materialize becomes evident. Self-esteem can rise to new heights, you can experience a sense of mastery and achieve your personal and career goals as a result. This phase of therapy is what makes the process exciting.

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How do I work with my clients?

My work combines psychodynamic and cognitive therapies with EMDR therapy. I operate from the belief that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that get in the way of current optimal functioning are based in the past and in order to change them, the past must be dealt with, i.e., processed and placed in a healthy perspective. Dysfunctional thought patterns can be changed to more empowering, positive beliefs. Dysfunctional behaviors and feelings can also be changed to enhance your life experience. Living in "truth" can be exciting. Learning to listen to and trust your instincts are a byproduct of this work. My mission is to promote, inspire, and support your healing and self-actualization; my goal is your personal transformation.

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