How will I know if this is the right place for me?
The only way to know for sure is to come in for a session. If you feel that we are not a good fit, that is OKAY! As a therapist, I understand that I may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I will gladly assist in finding another therapist they may be a better fit for you.
Do you provide in-person or online counseling?
I am currently providing both in-person and online counseling.
Is online counseling right for me?
Although there are many advantages of online counseling (it’s convenient, effective, keeps us safe from infectious diseases such as COVID-19), it’s not right for everyone. Online counseling (teletherapy) works best for those with mild symptoms (not people who are suicidal or in crisis), are comfortable using technology, and have a quiet, private place to have their sessions.
Who do you work with?
I provide counseling for adults who reside in Florida, who have been affected by traumatic life events. These individuals may suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger issues, grief, and substance abuse. I also specialize in the military/veterans and first responder populations. I do not provide counseling for children or couples.
Isn’t it better for me to solve my own problems?
I won’t solve your problems for you. Rather, I will help you clarify issues so you can solve problems on your own with our guidance, support, and expertise. The goal of therapy is to make you more self-sufficient, not more dependent.
What can I expect from therapy?
Once you have made a decision to see a therapist, you still might be apprehensive about the process. Many people feel nervous before their first appointment. Therapy is a shared journey; a shared process. And, although we will work together, it is ultimately your journey and you will make your own decisions on how the treatment is done.
What happens during the first session?
The initial session may seem like an interview. During this time, I may ask you to share your story, talk about your goals and expectations, and gather important information for treatment planning purposes. Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if we are a good fit. Is your therapist someone you feel comfortable working with? The therapeutic relationship that is established will be the building blocks for healing. I believe it is the most fundamental part of the process.
How long do appointments last?
The initial intake/first session will be a 60 minute session. All other sessions are 50 minutes. Clients who are doing EMDR therapy may request longer sessions (75 minutes) in advance.
How often will we meet?
Typically, I will meet with you once a week, however if needed, we can meet twice a week or every other week.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not accept any insurance. I will collect payment in full from you at the time of service. I can provide a super-bill at the end of the month for you to send to your insurer for out-of-network (OON) benefit reimbursement. Please note that it is not guaranteed that you will be reimbursed by your insurance company please review your OON benefits. Please click here for a comparison between self-pay and insurance.
What is your rate?
$175** (extended 75 minute session)
**a limited amount of sliding scale slots available for those who qualify**
What is your cancellation policy?
I require 24 hours notice of cancellation or you will need to pay for the appointment. An occasional exception may be made in the case of an emergency. It’s important that we meet consistently in order for you to make progress.
What theoretical approach do you use?
I take a holistic approach as I believe that without complete balance within ourselves, we can never have complete balance outside of ourselves. However, I pull from a variety of theories and techniques.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, I currently do not have a medical practitioner on staff and do not prescribe medications. If you are interested in being prescribed medications I can offer referrals to local psychiatrists.
Are there any groups that you do not work with? I only work with adults aged 18+. I do not conduct child custody evaluations nor do I provide custody recommendations. I also don’t provide treatment for eating disorders, or psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, etc). Due to state licensing laws, I can only provide therapy and counseling to individuals residing in Florida.
Will I lose consciousness and have amnesia?
Clinical hypnosis does not involve a sleep or unconscious state, rather it involves a state of relaxation. When in trance, individuals are usually aware of their surroundings, the sound of the clinician’s voice, and able to remember more or less what was said during the session. At times, during trance, individuals may experience hypnotic phenomenon such as: time distortion, alterations in feeling states including analgesia, physical heaviness or lightness, and heightened or diminished sensations involving multiple senses.
Can everyone be hypnotized?
Everyone who WANTS to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. Clinical hypnosis is only effective with a willing and voluntary participant. Hypnosis, therefore, involves a collaborative and cooperative relationship between a therapist and client and cannot be used against someone’s will or voluntary consent.
What is the difference between Stage Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnosis?
The biggest difference between the two is the intended outcome, entertainment vs behavior change.
Clinical hypnosis (aka “hypnotherapy”)
For more information on Clinical Hypnosis, visit our Hypnosis page here.
Is it necessary to tell my therapist all the details about my problems in order for them to be processed?
No, it is not necessary to talk about all the details of your experiences for them to be processed.
Will I get emotional?
Yes, you may. Emotions and sensations may come up during processing; although, you will be prepared and your therapist will help you safely manage them. Once they are processed, they rarely come back!
Is EMDR like hypnosis?
They are similar in that they both can unlock the subconscious, however they use completely different methods to achieve this.
Is EMDR a brief treatment?
EMDR, as with all treatment approaches, will help you accomplish your treatment goals. The length of time that it takes is dependent upon the complexity of your problems.
For more information on EMDR, please visit our EMDR page here.
3653 Cortez Road West
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Monday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 3:00pm