Frequently Asked Questions
I’m new to therapy, what should I expect when we first meet?
All my sessions are 55 minutes, including the first session or what therapists sometimes call the intake session. Our first session is about getting to know each other. We will start with reviewing paperwork and talking about the therapy process. We’ll talk about why you are coming to therapy, the goals you want to work on and your history. I believe it’s important to understand how your past influences who you are today. I’ll also answer any questions you may have about me or therapy in general.
What we do from then on is 100 percent personalized to you. It all depends on what we are working on together and where you want to start. My style is supportive and warm and I work to create a safe and accepting environment. I view our work together as a collaboration. We can always talk about goals, the process or any questions or concerns you may have throughout our time together.
Is what we talk about in therapy kept confidential?
Everything we talk about is confidential and protected by law. The confidential nature of therapy is important for the work we do, so that you can feel safe being honest about what is going on in your life. I would only release information about our work together with your written consent. For example, if we wanted to coordinate with your doctor or nutritionist. For minors, we will talk about what needs to be shared with your legal guardians or parents during our first session.
There are some exceptions when I’m legally obligated to reveal information we discussed, such as if you were at risk for seriously harming yourself or someone else or if you told me about a situation where there was reasonable suspicion that child or elder abuse is occurring.
It’s important to note that if you are using your insurance to cover therapy that this limits your confidentiality. I would have to make a diagnosis and possibly share information/records about your treatment plan with the insurance company.