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Frequently Asked Questions 

1.  What are the major theoretical orientations and modalities of psychotherapy? 

Psychotherapy is based upon a range of techniques: behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, existential therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and eclectic therapy. The therapy can be one-on-one, couples, or in a group or family setting.  To better serve the needs of my clients, I am continuously attending trainings and completing certifications with special interest in the perinatal period, young children, trauma, and parenting.  I use an Eclectric therapeutic approach to therapy which incorporates a variety principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment plan that will meet my client's specific needs.  I am also currently in training to provide EMDR services. 

2.  What is the difference between counseling and psychotherapy? 

While counseling and psychotherapy are often thought of as being the same thing, there are some important distinctions between the two.  In the context of mental health, "counseling" is generally used to denote a relatively brief treatment that is focused most upon behavior.  "Psychotherapy," on the other hand, is generally a longer-term treatment that focuses more on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. Its focus is on the patient's thought processes and way of being in the world, rather than on specific problems.

3.  Do you prescribe psychotropic medication to treat mental health symptoms? 

As a licensed clinical social worker, I do not prescribe, make changes, or make recommendations on medication.  Only a licensed medical provider is authorized to do that.  However, I can refer you to a provider that can assist you with your psychotropic medication needs.  Most personal physicals are comfortable and will authorize main psychotropic medications, if needed.  

4.  What is a Perinatal Mental Health Certification? 

A certification in Perinatal Mental Health means that I have passed all of the requirements of Postpartum Support International (the governing international agency on postpartum education for providers, patient resource, and network).  I have completed multiple trainings focused exclusively on perinatal mental health, including advanced trainings in trauma in the perinatal period, as well as trainings in perinatal development and treatment.  In addition, I passed a certification exam focused on perinatal mental health.   

5.  Why are you not taking my insurance? 

The entire process of credentialing and paneling with an insurance company can usually can take a minimum of four months, and some can take as much as 15 months to complete.  If your insurance company is not listed on the Insurance 101 page, I am not applying or considering that insurance company at this time.  Further, I have found that the extensive hours of weekly follow up with insurance companies remove me away from doing what I love best...working with individuals such as yourself or loved ones who need my attention.  

7.  What do I do if I am ready to book an initial appointment with you? 

First of all, congratulations on taking the step to book your initial appointment with me.  Please go to my Services & Rates tab get more information on how to schedule your initial intake appointment so that we can begin your healing process together.