Is what I share confidential?
Yes! I am legally required to keep what is shared in our sessions confidential. There are a few exceptions that by law require me to break confidentiality.
- Immediate threat of harm to yourself
- Immediate threat of harm to others
- Suspision of child, dependent, or elder abuse
- In case of a court subpoena.
What will the first session look like?
I use a platform for therapy called Simple Practice. Prior to our first session I will email you a link to create your own patient portal. There will be initial paperwork I will also send that I ask be filled out prior to our first session. The first session lasts around 60 minutes. It will be more of a “getting to know you session” and look like a casual interview. This will help me get to know you better, and we will be able to see if we would work well together.
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is a great way to seek out mental health services in the comfort of your own home.
You will want to make sure you have a good internet connection and are in a private area where you are not driving. During out first session I will confirm that I am in a private area where so you know I am keeping our session confidential. You can expect better outcomes because you will have faster access to my services. Also with Telehealth, you can access mental health services anywhere you are located. There is no need to drive or wait in a waiting room and you can still access therapy during the inclement weather. Due to licensing laws in the state of Indiana I am only able to provide therapy to patients residing in Indiana.
Are there clients you don’t work with?
I do not work with individuals under the age of 18. I do not write letters for Emotional Support Animals (ESA). I do not provide couples counseling or conduct child custody evaluations. I also do not provide custody recommendations. I do not provide treatment for Psychotic Disorder (Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, etc)
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What is therapy?
Therapy is a process of meeting with a trained licensed professional that will help guide you towards healing. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.