FAQ

 

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision.

I included some of the questions I typically get when people are considering therapy with me.

How long are therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions are 60 minutes and 90 minutes in length. Most of the people I work with use a 60 minute session; however, there are times I recommend 90 minute sessions for EMDR therapy or family therapy sessions.

I don’t want to just talk about how I’m feeling; I actually want things to change in my life.

I think there’s a big misconception out there that therapy means just talking and talking about the past without ever taking action on the present. I certainly don’t operate that way as a therapist. While we will always create space to talk about your past and the feelings that surface as we explore this, I’m a very direct and engaged therapist and actively work with my clients to design interventions, exercises, and thoughtful action steps if that’s what you’re looking for as part of therapy.

What is your cost per session?

Please call to learn about my fees.

Do you accept insurance?

I only accept Victims of Crime Compensation. I do not do any direct filing with most insurances. However, I can provide a universal insurance form as an “out of network provider” which you may submit to your insurance company on your own. Read the section in your insurance coverage booklet that describes mental health services.

Therapy’s an added cost. Is it worth it?

Therapy is a financial commitment. It’s an investment in yourself and your ability to become aware of self-sabotaging patterns and more capable of practicing new, more effective thoughts and behaviors. This – this ability to think and behave more effectively – can profoundly and positively impact your future relationships, your work, your health, and even your finances. If you’re like most of the individuals I’ve worked with, you’ve likely already invested a lot of time and energy and money into your education, your career, your home, and your physical health. I truly believe that investing in therapy as an act of self-care can be a continued investment in your overall wellbeing and success in life.

I want to come to therapy 1 time a month. Do you do that?

While I can appreciate the urge and desire to come to therapy once a month, I only see clients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Psychotherapy works best within the context of a trusting and caring relationship and, in my experience, it takes weekly or bi-weekly sessions to create a strong, and effective-enough container that allows for us to deepen the work and for you to experience the change you desire. Working on a monthly basis simply doesn’t allow the work and change to deepen or happen as quickly and as effectively.

Where are you located? Is there parking?

True Growth Therapy is located in Carmichael California near the intersection of Winding Way and Manzanita at 5740 Windmill Way. True Growth is located in suite 23 which is on the far right side of the building if you are looking at the windmill in the courtyard. There is ample parking right directly in front of suite 23.

How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me?

Choosing a therapist is a very personal decision. Therapy is only as effective as the relationship between therapist and client and because of this I believe the best way to determine if a psychotherapist is right for you is to book a session and simply meet with them and to trust your instincts when you are with them. Ask yourself: “Can I see myself feeling safe and comfortable with this person? Does it seem like they *get* me ?” You can also ask yourself this question during and after an initial phone consult before you book that first session.

What can I expect from our first session?

Our first in-person meeting is what’s known as an intake session. It’s different from a traditional therapy session because this will be a time for me to gather your case history, and together we’ll talk about why you have decided to pursue therapy and what your goals are for our time together. It’s also an opportunity for you to get to know me, to ask me any questions you may have, and to see how you feel in my offices and with me. At the end of the session, we can decide together if it feels right to move forward in scheduling another session and beginning the rest of the therapeutic journey. Please note that this first session is not complimentary; it is a fully paid session. If you would like a complimentary 15-minute consult call to assess if you and I feel like a good fit in advance of the first session, I recommend you book this first.