Faq

Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Monday: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Is therapy right for me? How can therapy help?

    Everyone has their own individual struggles and challenges they face. Sometimes it becomes too difficult to navigate through the unanswered questions or the uncertainty of the problems, transitions, or situations you are facing. You can become stuck, disconnected, and unsure of how to proceed. Unhealthy coping mechanisms and ineffective patterns of behavior make it difficult to think and see solutions clearly. If you find that you are experiencing these difficulties along with changes in your mood, functioning, thinking, relationships, or overall life satisfaction, therapy can prove to be highly beneficial. We will work together to help you identify your struggles and challenges, process through the unfamiliar and uncomfortable feelings and emotions, make connections between feelings and behaviors, understand your patterns, reformulate your goals, and develop an effective coping plan. As you embark on your own journey in therapy, readiness to face emotional discomfort and the willingness to process through unresolved internal conflicts are necessary for success. Therapy will empower you to become open to changes and possibilities, exhibit an elevated mood, clearer thinking, increased energy and motivation, a renewed sense of purpose, and a deepened satisfaction with life. In addition, you will develop the confidence to pursue healthier personal relationships; engage in improved emotional regulation; and experience an increased sense of internal peace and worth.

  • Is the information I share kept confidential?

    Information shared and disclosed by the client during individual sessions is kept private and confidential. However, limitations exist. If a client’s disclosure proves to have serious, foreseeable, and/or imminent danger to him/herself or others, I am obligated under law and under the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics to breach confidentiality in order to protect life and prevent harm. Confidentiality and its limits are discussed between therapist and client during the first individual session. In addition, at any time during the therapy process, the client has the right to sign an Authorization to Release Information which legally authorizes consent for the therapist to disclose confidential information when appropriate with necessary parties (primary-care physicians, psychiatrists, family members, etc.)

  • What can I expect from the first session?

    After our initial phone contact and prior to the first session, I ask that you complete the forms under the Forms tab. Your answers will provide me with initial insight into who you are and orient me to your reason(s) for seeking therapy. This will facilitate the face-to-face assessment process during the first session. The direction of sessions can vary depending on each client’s insight, readiness, and concerns; however, obtaining background information along with precipitating factors/events that led you to seek therapy will be my focus of the first session. We will close the first session with a formulation of initial goals for therapy.

  • How long is each individual session?

    Each individual session lasts 50-55 minutes. I employ a variety of therapeutic modalities, depending on the client’s needs, concerns, insight, and readiness. Weaving in elements from psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches, I guide you on a journey of emotional self-exploration, self-awareness, and self-healing. In therapy, among many things, you will begin to open your thinking, clearly identify your struggles, and re-conceptualize your coping strategies, emotional regulation skills, and communication patterns.

  • How long will I be in therapy?

    The answer to this questions depends largely on you and your individual goals. The reasons that bring an individual to therapy differ from client to client, so it is impossible to predict a specific number of sessions needed. As we work together to accomplish your goals and you begin to feel a renewed sense of purpose and life satisfaction, we will reassess your progress together. As you progress, increase your self-awareness, and gain insight into your feelings and behavior, it is expected that your goals will change. It is highly appropriate and encouraged to create, modify, or change your goals throughout therapy. This will be a collaborative process where I will offer feedback about your progress, foster an environment of insight, challenge you to grow, and assist you in identifying new goals. The decision to continue with therapy rests mainly with the client, with the therapist serving as a guide, offering appropriate feedback and insight into your progress and functioning.

  • What is your training/experience?

    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I completed a Master’s program in social work and have been working as a therapist in a variety of mental health settings for over 6 years. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I specialize in the areas of mood disorders, trauma, relationship issues, anger management, self-esteem and self-worth, identity formation, and life coaching. I also understand the unique perspective and challenges of gay and lesbian individuals. Additionally, I operate from a culturally-competent lens and offer therapy in Spanish and Polish.

  • Do you provide therapy for children/adolescents?

    Yes, I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents and am attuned to the special set of needs and challenges this population brings.

  • What is your approach for treating children and adolescents?

    Therapy with children and adolescents is unique in that it consists of building specific skills and competencies. I treat the child and adolescent as an active part of a familial unit and will regularly conduct family sessions to understand the family dynamic and its impact on the child or adolescent’s behavior, functioning, and progress. I strongly encourage the parent(s)/guardian(s) to be active participants in the therapy process of their child or adolescent and am open to individual sessions with the parent(s)/guardian(s) for additional support and to assist in building effective parenting skills.

  • As the parent/guardian, what should I expect to know about my child/adolescent’s therapy process?

    Parents/guardians have a right to access their child’s complete file if the child is under the age of 12. For children/adolescents ages 12 to 17, confidentiality is initiated. Unless the child/adolescent client provides consent for me to share information with their parents or if the information shared poses a serious, foreseeable, and/or imminent danger to the client or others, I will maintain client’s confidentiality and not disclose detailed information with parents. If I deem the information to be worthy of the parents’ knowledge or beneficial to the family dynamic, I will encourage the information to be shared by the child/adolescent during a family session.

  • How much does each individual session cost?

    Each individual session costs $100.00. A sliding scale fee is available for clients who prove need.  I accept cash, check, and credit card payments.

  • Is there a cancellation notice requirement?

    Yes. Please contact me at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time if you need to cancel or reschedule in order to avoid being charged for a missed appointment. I understand emergencies happen and life is unpredictable at times. Communication is crucial in order to maintain an open and honest working relationship.

  • Do you accept insurance?

    Yes, I accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance. I accept cash, check, and credit card payments for in-office co-pays/co-insurance fees. If you do not hold Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance, you are free to complete an insurance reimbursement form for out-of-network therapy services in order to be reimbursed for sessions. I can provide you with the necessary paperwork on my end to send to your insurance.

  • How do I get started?

    If you are ready to begin therapy and would like to schedule an initial session, you have two options. You can call me at 773-906-4186 or use the contact form. Thank you! Hope to hear from you. It's a brave act to start something new. "Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know." - Pema Chodron, author of When Things Fall Apart