Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you believe people get better in therapy with you?

I bring 100% of my best self to every session. All therapists are human, but it is important that therapists completely focus on their client during the sessions. I also believe in moving at the client’s own pace. I am never in a rush to get a client to talk about something that they aren’t ready to talk about. I can help people heal because I give them the time and space they need to truly process what they have been through.

My issues aren’t that big. Why are people in my life recommending I go for therapy?

I have often heard clients minimizing their experiences and comparing their “issues” to others, expressing that it could “always be worse.” We all experience life in different ways. If something is bothering you or you are having trouble “letting it go,” it may be time to meet with a professional.

Can’t I get the support I need from family and friends?

While talking with the people we love can be therapeutic, it doesn’t always allow us to fully process our experiences. Unless they have clinical training and expertise, they may not understand that the issues you are facing cannot be overcome simply by willpower.

What makes a good therapist? How are you different?

In the simplest terms, a “good therapist” is one who meets certain criteria, including:

  • They are experienced, qualified and all required licenses, certifications and memberships are valid and in good standing.
  • They are not striving to achieve a “quick fix” — because they know people are complex and must be respected as such.
  • They provide you with support and structure, but in a manner that enables you to find your voice and share your story. You must always be at the center of the treatment approach — not the therapist.
  • They gently, intelligently and respectfully “check in” with you throughout your work together, to understand how you feel, what you think, and to verify if a certain treatment approach (or approaches) are working for you. If not, then the therapist must be open-minded and willing to adjust.

I am pleased to share that I align with all of the above best practices.

I am not sure if therapy is right for me, or if you are the right therapist to help. What can I do?

You are welcome to schedule a free initial 30-minute session, during which I will answer your specific questions in a private and comfortable setting, and help you see if we are a good “fit.” If you decide that you do not wish to move ahead together, please don’t worry that my feelings will be hurt! I understand completely that therapy is a very personal and sensitive choice.

What can I expect in your therapy sessions?

Our first meeting is an ideal opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other. I will ask what brought you to therapy, and we will have a discussion on how I can help. My goal is to assess whether you feel comfortable with my personality, style and treatment approaches. Your comfort level is extremely important, and we will always move forward at your preferred pace.

I don’t like talking or even thinking about my issues. Will that be a problem?

Not at all. Your reluctance to talk about what is going on in your life is perfectly understandable and justified. Be assured that I will never push you to talk about anything that you are not ready and willing to explore. There are numerous ways we can engage, and we can focus on issues that you are more comfortable addressing. When you are ready, we will get to the root of what is causing you pain at your own pace.

How do you think your clients would describe you?

I have been described as a very calm and genuine person. Clients have said that they appreciate how caring, compassionate, understanding and non-judgmental I am.

What are the outcomes in therapy you most value?

Being able to watch a client begin to have faith in themselves or feel hopeful again is such an incredible experience for me. I truly treasure the therapeutic relationship, and I am always inspired by my clients when they are able to be open and brave.

What kind of people do you usually work with?

I have worked with all different demographics with all different backgrounds. Please see my “Services” page to read more about my specializations.

Can’t I just take medication instead of going to therapy?

I believe that medication can definitely be helpful for some people. However, I also know that it can be used to mask and block emotions, and therefore prevent people from getting to the root cause of their challenges and issues.

After working together, if one of us feels that medication might be an option, we will certainly explore that further. Please note that I do not prescribe medication. I can, however, make recommendations for you to discuss with your psychiatrist or doctor.

How do I know if I or someone who I care about is suffering from an eating disorder?

Please refer to my “Eating Disorder” page for common symptoms of different types of eating disorders

What is IFS and why do you use it?

IFS stands for Internal Family Systems. While this is not the only model I use, I feel that the meditation and guided imagery can be extremely useful, especially for clients that experience anxiety, depression, trauma and eating disorders. This model encourages the client to have compassion towards themselves.

How long are your sessions, and how many sessions will I need?

Each session is a full 50 minutes long (i.e. no breaks, unless for any reason you wish to take one). The duration of your treatment plan depends on many factors, including your comfort level. Please note that there is no contract or agreement, and you are free to pause or terminate the relationship at any time, and for any reason.

Do you take insurance?

At the moment, I do not take insurance. However, I will provide you with an invoice within 48 hours of each session, which you can submit to your insurance provider to get reimbursed for out-of-network services (if applicable per your specific benefits plan). Please refer to my “Rates and Policies” page for more details.

What is your rate?

My rate is $190 for a 50 minutes session.

How do I start the process?

Getting started is simple and straightforward. Please visit my “Contact” page and complete the brief form to schedule your free initial 30-minute session.