Frequently Asked Questions
What are your office locations/hours?
All sessions are conducted virtually. I see clients every day from 6:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
How can I contact you about Intensive EMDR work or to get on the waitlist for weekly therapy?
Please be aware that I am not taking new weekly clients until early mid 2023. If you wish to contact me regarding EMDR Intensive work, please first read about Intensive EMDR, EMDR, and the FAQs regarding fees and insurance. Then you can email me using the form on the Contact page. I will get back to you within 24-48 hours.
What sort of clients do you usually see?
I only see clients who are physically in Massachusetts.
In my weekly practice, I see adults with anxiety either at work or in their personal lives, and people with relationship issues.
In my Intensive EMDR work, I see clients suffering from the after effects of either big "T" or little "t" trauma. Big T trauma is a single incident such as an accident or assault. Little t trauma is usually the effects of accumulated small on ongoing adverse events like emotional abuse, bullying, or ongoing medical issues. Usually intensive clients have a therapist they are currently working with, but they feel stuck in a particular area that they can identify easily. Intensive EMDR can help these clients connect physically and emotionally with the truth they know in their minds, helping soothe their bodies and nervous systems so they can move forward win their lives without old triggers getting in the way.
How long does therapy take and how will I know if it's helping?
Different clients require different amounts of time in therapy. Usually I see weekly clients for about six months to a year, but it can be shorter or longer depending on that particular work of each client. You'll know it's helping if you stop feeling so triggered all the time, not just because you're avoiding the triggers, but because things are no longer as upsetting or distracting as they were before. I think of it as feeling more comfortable in your own skin.
Intensive client work also depends on each client's needs and we will work together to determine how much time to allot depending on the cirumstances.
I've never done this before. How will I even know what to talk about?
Don't worry. That's my job! If you are new to therapy and not sure how to approach it, I'll help you figure out what's going on and how to articulate it. In the end, you do the work, but I'm here to help you figure out how to tackle it. Side note -- you don't have to talk about anything you don't want to talk about, though often those hard things are the most productive things to talk about.
What will happen at my first session?
I wrote a little blog post about this and you can read it here. Basically, we get to know each other; review the consent forms, privacy policies, and other policies you signed online; and we talk about what you want to get out of therapy. The most important part of therapy is the relationship we build, so we start there.
What is EMDR and do you do EMDR with every client?
I describe EMDR here. And yes, I do it with almost every client. Some clients are not interested in doing EMDR, some clients don't need or want to do it very frequently, and some clients prefer to have every session be an EMDR session. This is a decision we would make together depending on your goals and how you work best.
Do you accept any insurance?
I do not accept insurance at this time, but I do provide super-bills, which are required by insurance companies in order to obtain out-of-network coverage or have your payments applied to your deductible.
What is your fee and how do you accept payment? My fee for weekly clients is $175/hour. I accept cash, check, credit cards (including HSA cards), PayPal, and Venmo. I accept payment at every session. My fee for Intensive EMDR sessions is $325/hour.
What if I cannot make it to a session?
I require 48 hour's notice. If you do not attend a session and haven't given any notice, I will bill you for the full fee with no exceptions and will terminate you as a client. I will work with clients who have an established relationship, and have not late-cancelled in the last three months. I understand that people get sick and have emergencies. I also get sick and have emergencies! And I will cancel if I'm ill in order to prevent you from getting ill if we are meeting in person, or if I'm too sick to concentrate. If meeting in person is an inconvenience, one thing we've all learned from the pandemic is that virtual sessions work very well. We'll work together to find solutions when issues come up.