Where is your office located?
My main office is in Black Forest, right outside of Colorado Springs. The address is 12655 Black Forest Rd. #172, Colorado Springs, CO 80908.
How much does therapy or coaching cost? How long are the sessions?
I start with a free 30-minute consultation to get to know you a little and your goals for therapy. Then counseling and coaching sessions cost $120 per session. Sessions typically last around 50-55 minutes.
What are your business hours?
My hours are 11 AM – 9 PM, Monday through Friday.
Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
No, not at all. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths you’ve used in the past, but for whatever reason, they aren’t working for you right now. Perhaps a problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your strengths.
As we work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to use them again to cope with what you’re facing now.
How is talking with a counselor different than with my family or best friend?
There are several differences between talking with a counselor and a friend or family member.
- A therapist can help you approach a situation in a new way, teach you new skills, and help you gain new perspectives.
- A counselor will listen to you without judgment or expectation and help you better understand yourself.
- Therapy is 100% confidential.
- If your situation provokes a lot of painful emotion, you won’t have to worry about avoiding people in your personal life later on that could remind you of this challenging time.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone can’t solve every issue. It treats the symptoms of a problem. Our work together is designed to explore the root issues, dig deep into your behavior, and show you new strategies for accomplishing personal and relational goals. Medication may be effective, depending on the challenge, and may be needed in conjunction with therapy.
Why don’t you take insurance? (Beginning January 2022)
Rather than diagnose you, report what I find to an insurance company, and learn what they recommend for treatment, I can offer a totally confidential experience for my clients. Instead of prescribing you something that may be unnecessary, I can provide you with the advice and treatment that I genuinely believe will help you the most.
Here are several other benefits of private pay:
- You don’t have to worry about losing your insurance after starting treatment.
- Your mental health records won’t be used against you.
- You don’t need to prove you have a “medical necessity” to receive treatment.
- You can make your own decisions regarding your treatment.
- Your treatment will be 100% confidential. You won’t have to share regular updates with your insurance company.
How long will therapy take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique. The time it takes for you to accomplish your goals will depend on your commitment, your desire for personal development, and the factors that drive you to seek treatment in the first place.
How does therapy work? What do I have to do in my sessions?
Since every person has different issues and goals, therapy can look different for everyone. I will tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
What can I do to get the most out of therapy?
I’m so glad you’re dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for one session per week. The work you do outside of our sessions will be what really leads to personal growth and development.
Should my partner and I be in individual or couples counseling if we’re having problems?
If you’re concerned about your relationship, and both of you would like to work with me, we could start with couples counseling. Afterward, I could work with one of you individually. However, it is not helpful to move from individual to couple’s work with the same therapist due to potential trust issues.