Are you accepting new clients? Yes! I'm accepting new clients desiring individual therapy work with EMDR intensives & EMDR adjunct therapy. I will be available beginning in October 2023. To get setup for an EMDR consultation, please email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org (See below for the EMDR intensive options)
What are the session fees? Each individual psychotherapy forty-five minute session is $175 EMDR intensive initial consult session for the hour is: $225 Typically intensive EMDR therapy is $275-$325 per hour Personalized EMDR intensives are one-day or two-day programs that include a customized client workbook specific to your goals. Fees are based on your needs and program design, and are communicated ahead of time in accordance with the No Surprises Act. A specific program package will be emailed to you based on your preference for a half-day or two-day intensive. You can email me directly to get scheduled for an hour initial consult session to see if we wish to work intensively together. The rate for this first initial EMDR intensive consultation session is $225. I accept credit card, HSA, and FSA payments.
Can I use my insurance to pay for therapy? Many insurance companies reimburse a portion of the cost of psychotherapy that you pay out of pocket. For insurance purposes, I am considered an out-of-network provider and will provide a monthly invoice for you to submit for reimbursement. This invoice is called a "superbill" by insurance companies. It's best for you to contact your insurance company and ask them about the out of network benefits they provide and to determine the exact details of your policy ahead of time. I do not submit any direct claims to insurance companies.
Types of EMDR Intensives available: "Mini" intensive - this shortened program is equivalent to 3 regular 45-minute sessions One-day intensive - this program is equivalent to 8-9 regular 45-minute sessions Two-day intensive - this program is equivalent to 12-13 regular 45-minute sessions Check out EMDR Intensives for more detailed information
What kind of therapy do you offer? My passion is utilizing the powerful benefits of EMDR with clients who are ready to live without anxiety, depression, phobias, addiction, and post-traumatic stress. As a client in my private practice, you will receive your own, client-centered therapeutic process. My approach is relational, and integrates what we know about neurobiology and attachment in order to alleviate anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms. I am an EMDRIA trained practitioner with advanced training in Attachment, Grief/Loss, Complex and Developmental Trauma, & Substance Use Treatment. I also offer clients expertise in how people learn and change from my 15 years of training and experience as a licensed therapist. We will choose a mix of techniques and frameworks that are most beneficial for you. Please note that I only work with clients located physically in the states of Florida, Missouri, and South Carolina. If you do not live in one of these locations, we can discuss options for you flying into one of these states for services.
Can EMDR help me? It’s highly likely. EMDR can be effectively utilized for:
Resourcing: We will work to strengthen internal resources while soothing parts of you that feel limited. EMDR utilizes images, emotions, body sensations, and positive cognitions to increase feelings of calm, safety, and confidence.
Resolving relationship difficulties: Attachment-focused EMDR works to repair unmet development needs (often called attachment wounding) when we have experienced an absence of care/neglect or abuse.
Trauma recovery: While I often utilize EMDR for clients with big “T” trauma (e.g. a major car accident, assault), I also support clients with small “t” traumas (e.g. chronic or ongoing stressful conditions, such as interpersonal conflict, difficult parents, financial stress, insecurities). One of the most overlooked aspects of small ‘t’ traumas is their accumulated effect. Multiple, compounded small ‘t’ traumas may lead to distress in the nervous system and trouble with emotional functioning.
EMDR therapy is a form of adaptive information processing which helps the brain evolve from limiting beliefs. EMDR may avoid some of the long and difficult abreactive work often involved in the treatment of anxiety, panic attack, post-traumatic stress symptoms (such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks), depression, phobias, identity crisis, and other adverse experiences.
Research in neuroplasticity demonstrates that our brain has the ability to change, create new neural pathways, and produce new neurons. Because the brain has this ability to change, we have the ability to change our way of thinking and improve mood. Neural pathways in the brain are strengthened with repetition. One way to describe this process is “neurons that fire together, wire together.” Constant repetition of an experience leads to changes within the brain’s structure and how the neurons process that experience. EMDR utilizes our brains’ neuroplasticity to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections, which allows the brain to compensate for injury and adjust to new situations.
Through the EMDR therapy process, many of my clients have shared the following about the work: - I have self-acceptance today - I have self-confidence & joy - I have boundaries and can communicate openly - I feel freedom and peace from my past - I can make healthy decisions today and trust my judgment - I'm confident in my personal relationships and welcome emotional intimacy - I have reduced instances of fear, doubt, and insecurity - I no longer ruminate on my decisions and interactions with others
What is your commitment to your clients? An effective therapist is informed, available, and attuned. I stay updated on evidence-based psychotherapy research, continuously pursue advanced training, and receive ongoing consultation with EMDR experts. I offer a limited number of spots in my practice to ensure that each client gets the attention, care, and responsiveness they deserve.
Are we a good fit? Let's find out. It's important that you feel safe with your therapist. Therapy is your space to do your work. The clients in my practice have this experience with me. If we feel we are not a good fit after our initial session, I am happy to share additional referrals of trusted colleagues.
Do you offer a sliding scale or reduced rates? Yes. I offer a 12-week, reduced rate program for clients who wish to work with me on targeted treatment goals and are not able to pay my full fee. How much time will I need to be in counseling? Everyone is different. There is not a set amount of time for counseling. We will work together to determine the frequency and duration of our sessions. How much time do I need to cancel an appointment? All appointments need to be canceled at least 24 hours before your session to avoid full charge for the canceled session. Do you tell other people what we talk about? By law, everything discussed in session remains between you and I. However, there are a few exceptions such as expressing danger to harm yourself or another person and/or abuse of a child or elderly person. In those cases, your counselor is required by law to help in the best way they can which means getting some outside support for you.
Do you appear in court to speak on a family's behalf? In order to maintain a positive and healthy therapeutic relationship with my clients and family members, I do not provide assessments, court testimony, or assist in determining appropriate child-custody arrangements. Do you prescribe medication? Since I am not a medical doctor, I do not prescribe medication or educate you on how to take your medication. I can help you develop ways to remember to take your medication in order to keep you feeling well. What is the "Good Faith Estimate" or "No Surprises Act"? Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who do not have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees. Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least one business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose. for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit: www.cms.gov/nosurprises.