Your Level of Support Need
Because I am a solo-practitioner, I cannot accept clients who have higher support needs, such as folks who are actively experiencing suicidal ideation, eating disorder(s), personality disorder(s), or those who are in crisis. If I determine that I cannot meet your needs after accepting you as a client, I will help you find someone who his more available to provide the level of care appropriate for your healing.
A note if you are are white: My cultural style may not be the right fit for you. I am a direct person as a result of my own cultural background and way of being in the world. Some white folx have provided feedback that the directness feels bad for them or, worse, feels like judgement. I assure you that it is not, but I absolutely do not wish to cause harm so I encourage you to look elsewhere or allow me to find you a referral if you are in need of a different communication style. I am human, like you, and cannot perfectly match your style; nor do I feel I should. I believe that experiencing discomfort is part of healing, and that showing up to talk through rifts in communication, style, phrasing, etc. in the therapeutic relationship is part of that work. It is possible that you are not in the place to be able to do that work right now and I do not think any less of you because of it. I just want to make sure you get the care you need with someone who suits you.
Please note that the minimum frequency of sessions that I believe to be therapeutic is every other week. It’s okay if you have to miss the occasional session, but overall, we should be checking in with each other at least twice a month. I also practice from a long-term, depth-oriented approach and do not provide “brief” interventions, nor crisis stabilization one-offs. While I don’t have a specific time frame to refer to, several months is necessary, at the least, for therapeutic efficacy, in my experience. After we have been meeting for some while, and if you feel you have reached many of your goals and/or reached a place where you feel content, I am open to meeting less frequently, usually monthly. Anything beyond that, we would discuss ending therapy, with the option to re-start it in the future, if appropriate, so long as there is still space on my caseload.
I typically start folx out with a free 20-minute phone consultation. During that time, we can both ask each other questions and get a bit of a feel for each other. I will use the time assess my ability to serve your needs. If I determine that you would be better served by a colleague at any point in the process, I will provide a referral for you to someone I trust!
If you and I both feel we will work well together, we can schedule our first session at the end of the call. However, if you need more time to think about it and get back to me later, that’s perfectly fine too! I know finding the right therapist is a delicate and stressful process and I want to be sure you are comfortable with your decision.
I provide session information for the video telehealth service I use (Google Meet) about 10 minutes prior to your session.
My cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to your appointment time. I do not make exceptions for any reason, though will provide one late-notice absence waiver per year. You will be charged a full session fee if you do not provide at least 48 hour notice of cancellation or reschedule for the same week (assuming I have availability) otherwise.
*Please note that payment for each session will be due at the end of each session. Carrying a balance due is not possible.