Is Therapy Right for Me?

Deciding to start therapy can be a huge milestone in one’s life. After all, what could be more important than committing to work on yourself and become the best version of you. There are many reasons why women seek therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with stress, anxiety, depression or problems in her relationships. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in life such as a divorce, death and loss, a move, or a work transition. Many women feel they need a level of support they cannot get through others in their lives as they pursue their own personal growth and exploration. Therapy provides insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges that affect women and can help you in redesigning your life so it is more in alignment with your values and your desires. Therapy is right for any woman who is interested in getting the most out of her life by taking a proactive approach to finding meaning and purpose, connection, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards the changes she seeks.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

At one time or another we all go through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it or as a preventative measure. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they may need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired.You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Moreover therapy can:

  • Provide a space to tell your story

  • Identify your values, goals and desires

  • Explore the obstacles (internal and external) that are in your way

  • Brainstorm ways to clear your path for change

  • Select action steps and new practices that move you towards your goal

  • Have support along the way

Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome any challenges you may face. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery.

How can therapy help me?

There are numerous benefits a woman can experience from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and effective coping strategies for issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, burnout, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, and creative blocks. Many women also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal and spiritual growth, interpersonal relationships, family and parenting concerns, professional development, and hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide you with a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Gaining a better understanding or yourself, your values and goals

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting your self-confidence

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Learning to set and maintain healthy boundaries

  • learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Managing depression, grief, anger and other emotional pressures

  • Improving communications and listening skills

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family and other relationships

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.

 

Can I work with you if I live in another state?

I provide all online services via HIPAA-compliant teletherapy software. I am licensed as a clinical psychologist in Arizona and possess an E. Passport and Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (PSYPACT), which means I am able to provide teletherapy to people who are in any of the following states:

 

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia (Washington, DC), Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

PSYPACT makes it easier to stay consistent with therapy if you travel for work, are visiting friends or family, or on vacation.

Rates

The initial 90-minute intake is $250

Regular 60-minute sessions are $175

Longer and extended sessions are available. 

 

The time allocated to you is reserved especially for you. Being on-time is greatly appreciated and I do my best to arrive promptly for every session. If you arrive late we will use the remaining scheduled time and you will be charged for a full session.

Do you take insurance?

As a private pay provider I am NOT contracted with any insurance companies, nor will I work directly with your insurance company. However, upon your request I can provide a “superbill” you can submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement depending on your PPO benefits plan. If you are not sure of your out-of-network benefits call your insurance carrier to verify your mental health coverage for the CPT codes 90791 (intake) and 90837 (60-minute session), and then you can submit superbills directly to them for reimbursement.

 

Be aware that your insurance company requires I provide a psychiatric diagnosis that will become a part of your medical history in order for you to submit for reimbursement - this could cause your premiums to rise if you change insurance companies due to having a “pre-existing condition.” Additionally, you may be required to share your diagnosis in future employment interviews, while overall it is rare, it can and does happen in security, government, and some other professions. Also your insurance company can ask for a copy of your session records. Utilizing insurance companies reduces the level of confidentiality. 

If you are seeking therapy for disability claims or FMLA, I am not equipped to provide any assessment or completion of paperwork for your claims. Moreover, the best route to get approval is through a medical provider, like a Primary Care Physician, Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

 

Special Note for Medicare Recipients

I have opted-out of Medicare and don’t participate with that government program. Thus if you are a Medicare beneficiary and are interested in services with me, you may enter a private contract and pay my full fee rate, but you will not be eligible to submit claims for reimbursement through Medicare.