Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment?
To begin, please simply fill out the introductory form by clicking the button below. I will then contact you to set up your phone consultation. If we decide to work together, we will schedule your initial video session during your phone session. .
Why do you utilize telepsychology?
Increasingly, life is moving us around more and more and weekly appointments in person are more difficult to navigate. My personal approach to therapy does not require that we meet in person as the work being done is work you are doing. I am facilitating your work, but as long as you are speaking to me (as someone listening to the unconscious), this need not be in person. In many ways, the computer (or phone) functions much as the Freudian couch, allowing one to sit back and free associate--one of the focal points of Embodied Analysis. Telepsychology allows a greater number of people to access psychological services without any loss in therapeutic benefit. The commitment to the work is what remains important, not the delivery method. What is important for transformation to occur is not that two people be in the same room together, but rather that one speaks aloud to another anything and everything, particularly those things that seem silly, boring, difficult, strange, and out of character. Physical presence is not the transformative factor--speech to another is.
My decision to increasingly focus on tele-services was inspired by my work with the incredible working womxn who, in trying to do it all, found it helpful to sometimes connect with me via video rather than in person. Since those beginnings, my practice has grown to incorporate an increasing number of traveling professionals, people in areas that lack services, and others who simply can better commit to therapy when they have the flexibility to do it from the office, in their cars, or in any quiet place they can find! I have found that, by focusing on telepsychology, many people who could not previously benefit from therapy have been able to do so.
Do you work only with womxn?
Not at all. In fact, if you are asking this question, I encourage you to explore more fully the website to identify how this question in itself is an example of the way our culture has so completely structured how we think of “feminine” and “masculine.” I work with people from all walks of life.
Why do you spell woman/women as “womxn"?
Language matters. By its very nature, “women” disallows for a space separate from men and suggests that wo-men are merely an extension of men. In fact, it makes it so that womxn cannot be separate from men. “Womxn” creates a space where something new may be manifested--the “X” representing mystery, a place for creation, an openness to that which has previously been foreclosed by its very name.
How does it work?
I use WeCounsel as my virtual office. It allows you to easily have video sessions with me by simply clicking on a link that is emailed to you 15 minutes before your session. WeCounsel is user friendly, and once you have logged into it once, you will find it very intuitive and easy to navigate.
Do I need anything special on my computer to connect with you through WeCounsel?
WeCounsel works best with Chrome and Firefox browsers. In terms of speed of connection--if you can watch a movie over the internet, then your connection is fast enough to use WeCounsel.
Can I use my mobile device for my session?
Absolutely. It may not always be possible to be near your computer for our session. To ensure continuity of care, you can find a quiet place and connect with me through your mobile device. For the best possible video experience, make sure the device is connected to Wi-Fi instead of your phone plan’s internet connection. Make sure that the connection is strong. For some devices, you may need to download an app. If you are planning on connecting via your phone, I recommend logging in ahead of time to make sure you have everything you need.
What about confidentiality in my sessions? How does this work online?
What you discuss in your sessions is completely confidential, with the exception of a few rare instances. As a mandated reporter, I am required by law to notify the appropriate authorities if:
I believe that you have serious plans to kill or physically harm another person who can be identified
I believe that you have serious plans to take action in ending your own life, or
I am made aware of abuse towards a child or an elder, either in your care or in the care of someone else
To ensure your confidentiality for telepsychology sessions, I use the most up-to-date HIPAA-compliant video conferencing software as well as practice management system. This means that all of our communications are protected and confidential.
Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance, though I can provide you with receipts to submit to your insurance company in the case that they do reimburse for out-of-network providers. Click below for more on my services..
What is your cancellation policy?
To the best of your ability, I encourage you to make your weekly sessions, even if you would prefer to skip that week. Oftentimes, we most want to miss sessions when something we do not quite want to face is beginning to arise. This is when session is particularly needed. That being said, life also happens and requires flexibility. If you need to reschedule your session, I require at least 24 hours cancellation notice; otherwise, you will be charged the full cost for your session.
What do I do in an emergency?
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.