Is online therapy right for me?
Online therapy can be a great thing. With internet access being almost everywhere, accessibility to competent therapy is better than ever! It can be a great option for so many people who can't attend in-person therapy for whatever reason.
However, online therapy is not for everyone. When doing in-person therapy, an in-person therapist is able to hold physical space with you, to some this is really important for connection. It can also be helpful for people going through trauma or crisis to be able to go to an office where they can leave their emotions and sessions tied up in a nice little bow until they come back the following week. Online therapy is done in your own space, not always giving you the separation or confidentiality that you might want or need.
Because of this, I am not able to provide online services to those who are looking to do deep trauma work or are in active crisis.
Any other issues or concerns that might come up in online therapy (bad internet connections, etc.) we can try to work out together.
What will our sessions look like?
In our work together you often lead our sessions, bringing in topics or concerns to talk about each week. I am here to support you, laugh with you, share observations with you and help you find the tools again that you already have success within other areas of your life. After we develop a trusting relationship there might be times when I challenge thoughts or beliefs you are sharing.
If you need more understanding of how you navigate your life and your challenges, I will pull from some of the modalities I specialize in like , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which focuses on how our thoughts, feelings, and actions all influence each other, Motivational Interviewing which is just a method of asking questions in a certain way to help you learn and figure out what you want to change and if you are ready to put in the time and effort, or maybe some Exposure and Response Prevention therapy that is often used for OCD but I find helpful in many different ways. I also often bring in YouTube videos, music, art, etc. There is no one type fits all in my world.
There will most likely be "homework" for you to work on between our sessions. No one can grow in just a 45 minute session each week. Most importantly you are also encouraged to show up as yourself. Do you need to color, fidget with something, not worry about eye contact? Do what you need in session to take care of yourself.
You deserve to live a happier life, to feel self-love and self-worth and I am always honored to partner with you on your journey.
Why does it cost so much?
Sometimes therapy fees can feel really expensive, I have felt this way myself.
First and foremost, you ARE worthy of putting money into yourself. You are important and you deserve it. Charging higher fees mean I am able to see less people and therefore put much more into our partnership.
Second to help shine more light, there are a lot of costs a therapist has to take into account when setting a fee for their work.
Please keep in mind that my fees do not just cover the time you are in session with me. In between sessions I write notes, plan for our sessions, I might be researching resources for you or even referring you or communicating (with your permission!) to other health providers in your life. These are all things that are included in the session fee.
There are also other behind the scene expenses anywhere from daily business expenses, taxes, having great high speed internet for our sessions, to continuing educational trainings so that I stay up to date and continue to grow my skills as a therapist. Therapists also hold pain, hurt and trauma for a living which can lead to burn out. Being able to finance appropriate self care and time off when needed is imperative to an ethical practice. My fee also calculates in when you need to take time off for your own needs. Everyone deserves time off.
And then after all of this I still need to pay myself. :)
Feel free to bring up any concerns around my fee during an initial consultation.