Frequently Asked Questions
What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported treatment for various mental health concerns, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, substance use concerns, eating disorders, and attentional issues. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications. CBT is notably short-term, active, and goal-oriented. It involves teaching skills to better manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Homework assignments between sessions allow for application of skills learned in session and generally lead to symptom improvement much earlier in treatment than in traditional talk therapy. Ultimately CBT can help you become your own best resource to address the challenges in your life.
Do you conduct teletherapy?
Yes. Due to COVID-19, I exclusively offer video sessions at this time. Recent research has shown that online CBT is just as effective as therapy received in a therapist’s office. With teletherapy, you can receive evidence-based care from the comfort of your own home, free from the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Do you accept insurance?
Please contact me directly regarding fees. I am considered an out-of-network provider for all insurance plans. Upon request, I will provide a statement for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance provider in order to determine if your policy provides reimbursement for out-of-network providers.
What should I expect at our first meeting?
The first session serves as the start of an assessment process that generally lasts 2-4 sessions. In an effort to get to know you and your current struggles, I will ask questions about various areas of your life and we will develop a shared understanding of your concerns. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the therapy process, as well as discuss a plan for treatment. During this time, we can both decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need in order to meet your treatment goals. If we deem that we are not the right fit, I will provide you with trusted referrals.
How often will we meet?
Sessions typically occur once per week. We may decide to increase or decrease the frequency of visits depending on progress and need.
How long does treatment last?
Length of treatment depends on the presenting issue and the goals of treatment. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, my goal is to equip you with the skills needed to ultimately be your own therapist. We will collaborate to determine the length of treatment that is both clinically appropriate and in line with your needs.
I'm ready. How can I get started?
Congratulations on taking this step towards self-care. To schedule a free consultation, contact me.