Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve made a commitment to try therapy but I feel anxious. Is that normal?
Definitely. It’s a big deal to acknowledge to yourself that there are issues in your life that are getting in the way of a more comfortable and happy way of being. You’ve also decided to take a brave step and do something about it! You may feel nervous but now you will have the support and guidance of someone as committed to your well-being as you are.

What is the best way to find a therapist?
Ideally, you can ask for a referral from a friend or family member who has had a good experience with therapy. Many of my clients do indeed come as referrals from other clients. Sometimes your physician can provide you with names and similarly, if you have insurance coverage, your insurance company may have a referral list.

How will I know if a therapist is right for me?
Usually, during the first appointment, you’ll know whether or not you feel comfortable. When there is a good connection with your therapist, you’ll feel that you are being taken seriously and find yourself wanting to talk. With that foundation, trust increases quickly. Many clients experience relief at having taken the big step of starting therapy.

What can I expect at the first appointment?
For your first appointment, I set aside 90 minutes – 30 minutes longer than usual – so that you can complete forms and we can discuss payment options. This will also be a time for us to get acquainted. First and foremost we want to explore whether we are a good fit.  I’ll want to learn what made you decide to start therapy and will be prepared to answer your questions about the process. We’ll also discuss your current life situation and set some initial goals for our time together.  

What do the letters MSW and LCSW mean after your name?
Psychotherapists can have different educational and professional credentials. I completed a Master’s Degree in Social work (MSW) and have been designated a Licensed Clinical  Social Worker (LCSW) by the State of Colorado.  I have also had specialized training in depression, anxiety grief, anger, parenting, adolescent challenges, divorce, family struggles and aging parents.