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Frequently Asked Questions

What are therapy sessions like?

While ideally, we would meet in person for the intake session, I realize this is not always possible with the requirements of everyday life. During our time working together, you are offered the choice of gathering together in person, via telehealth, or any combination of the two. Sessions can include pure psychotherapy, stand-alone Reiki, mindfulness and meditation, or any combination at a duration that feels paced to your liking.

The beauty of it is that we can truly tailor each session to your personal goals and therapeutic needs!

After the initial onboarding session, you have the option of varying session lengths with choices for thirty, sixty, and ninety minutes. Thirty-minute sessions are utilized more for checking in, receiving short-term, solution-focused support, or for adding on Reiki energy healing to the end of a session. Sixty minutes is a standard session and what most people expect from therapy. We cover a lot in sixty- minutes, but I like to start with a short check-in before diving into the deeper work. Ninety-minute sessions allow for the deepest healing, as it permits plenty of time for updates, processing, skills application, and even some extra grounding or relaxation at the end.

I value the use of humor as a tool in therapy, and I try to be a very authentic version of myself with my clients. I am a pretty open book if it is to my client’s advantage. In addition to laughing, there may be some cursing or even tears, but this is all part of the beautiful process of releasing and moving forward.

My perspective is that we are two humans crossing paths in this life, and I just happen to have a skillset that can support your journey. In my opinion, YOU are the expert on you, and it is my ultimate goal to support you in unearthing the wisdom that is already inside of you.

All sessions allow space for:

  • Updates
    (i.e. What is currently going on in your life that feels pressing to explore?)
  • Noticing, releasing, and processing any emotions, thoughts, somatic experiences, or memories that arise
  • Goal- oriented “interventions”
    (This is the part where we target the items from your treatment plan. It could look like so many things but some of my go-to’s use the Internal Family Systems Model, Enneagram exploration, Attachment Theory, Family Systems Theory, The Gottman Method, Art Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Inner child healing, and more.)
  • Learning and practicing skills
    (i.e. Emotional regulation, thought reframing, somatic experiencing, going inward, mindfulness, meditation, breathwork, problem solving, communication, self-love, self-care, etc.)
  • Grounding energy and relaxation
    (before leaving to feel calmer returning to your “normal” day!)

No two clients are the same, and as a result, no two sessions will ever be the same. I like to spend extra time at the beginning of the therapeutic relationship really getting to know a client which includes understanding their experience both currently, but growing up as well. We will always do a deep dive (to client comfort level) in understanding who you are, where you came from, and why you’re here (both therapeutically and existentially).

I always tell my clients that no matter where we start- no matter the “entry point”- it is all interconnected, and we are pulling at a thread that will always lead to something necessary, valuable, and worthy of exploration.

What are therapy sessions like?

While ideally, we would meet in person for the intake session, I realize this is not always possible with the requirements of everyday life. During our time working together, you are offered the choice of gathering together in person, via telehealth, or any combination of the two. Sessions can include pure psychotherapy, stand-alone Reiki, mindfulness and meditation, or any combination at a duration that feels paced to your liking.

The beauty of it is that we can truly tailor each session to your personal goals and therapeutic needs!

After the initial onboarding session, you have the option of varying session lengths with choices for thirty, sixty, and ninety minutes. Thirty-minute sessions are utilized more for checking in, receiving short-term, solution-focused support, or for adding on Reiki energy healing to the end of a session. Sixty minutes is a standard session and what most people expect from therapy. We cover a lot in sixty- minutes, but I like to start with a short check-in before diving into the deeper work. Ninety-minute sessions allow for the deepest healing, as it permits plenty of time for updates, processing, skills application, and even some extra grounding or relaxation at the end.

I value the use of humor as a tool in therapy, and I try to be a very authentic version of myself with my clients. I am a pretty open book if it is to my client’s advantage. In addition to laughing, there may be some cursing or even tears, but this is all part of the beautiful process of releasing and moving forward.

My perspective is that we are two humans crossing paths in this life, and I just happen to have a skillset that can support your journey. In my opinion, YOU are the expert on you, and it is my ultimate goal to support you in unearthing the wisdom that is already inside of you.

All sessions allow space for:

  • Updates
    (i.e. What is currently going on in your life that feels pressing to explore?)
  • Noticing, releasing, and processing any emotions, thoughts, somatic experiences, or memories that arise
  • Goal- oriented “interventions”
    (This is the part where we target the items from your treatment plan. It could look like so many things but some of my go-to’s use the Internal Family Systems Model, Enneagram exploration, Attachment Theory, Family Systems Theory, The Gottman Method, Art Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Inner child healing, and more.)
  • Learning and practicing skills
    (i.e. Emotional regulation, thought reframing, somatic experiencing, going inward, mindfulness, meditation, breathwork, problem solving, communication, self-love, self-care, etc.)
  • Grounding energy and relaxation
    (before leaving to feel calmer returning to your “normal” day!)

No two clients are the same, and as a result, no two sessions will ever be the same. I like to spend extra time at the beginning of the therapeutic relationship really getting to know a client which includes understanding their experience both currently, but growing up as well. We will always do a deep dive (to client comfort level) in understanding who you are, where you came from, and why you’re here (both therapeutically and existentially).

I always tell my clients that no matter where we start- no matter the “entry point”- it is all interconnected, and we are pulling at a thread that will always lead to something necessary, valuable, and worthy of exploration.

What can I expect from a Reiki session?

While some Reiki practitioners opt to utilize gentle physical touch, I implement the hovering of hands approach in all Reiki sessions. I made this choice in an effort to honor the personal space of many of my clients who are healing from trauma. Hovering is equally effective, deeply relaxing, and permits for the same exchange of energy. Whether you are adding Reiki onto your counseling session or selecting stand-alone Reiki, all sessions will open with completion of an intake document, as well as a talk component. During this time, I am able to gain a better understanding of your needs for the session, as well as long term energy healing goals. All clients are given the option to select the incorporation of essential oils, crystals, guided visualization, mindfulness/meditation, breathwork, and healing sounds frequencies into their session to their personal preference. At the close of the session, we will incorporate tools to ground your energy (which includes the space to process any thoughts, images, feelings, memories, or sensations that came up during the session should you choose to do so.) Through the exchange of life force energy from practitioner to client, a Reiki energy healing session will rebalance your energy, leaving you feeling lighter in body, mind, and spirit.

How do you incorporate mindfulness and meditation?

Mindfulness and meditation can be booked as a stand- alone service, but are also often incorporated into psychotherapy sessions or Reiki bookings to client’s personal preference and comfort level. As a separate service, clients can book sessions to increase understanding of basic principles and components of mindfulness and meditation, as well as to practice implementation of these skills in a guided and supportive environment. It has been my personal experience that so many people get stuck when they first set out to incorporate a practice. It can feel foreign, awkward, and even overwhelming understanding where or how to start. Let’s be honest: It is really challenging to quiet our thoughts or to create a space where we feel capable of doing so! If you are looking to get started with a mindfulness and meditation practice, I can help guide you. My goal is to foster an environment that allows it to feel more tangible, attainable, and even enjoyable! Your mind, body, spirit, (and even relationships) will reap the reward! Similarly, during therapy sessions or within the context of Reiki healing, I often incorporate a component of experiencing, learning, and practicing these skills.

Psychologists have found that mindfulness and meditation change our brain chemistry and biology in positive ways, improving both mental and physical health. Research has shown it is especially effective for reducing stress, depression, and anxiety, while also proving useful in treating specific problems such as addiction. 

What do you mean by holistic, integrative, and intuitive?

“Holistic” means characterized by the belief that the parts of something are interconnected and can be explained only by reference to the whole. The Holistic in Holistic Acceptance means that my approach to healing (whether through psychotherapy, Reiki, mindfulness/meditation, or any combination you choose) strongly considers all aspects of your being: the mind (i.e. Mental health, the brain, & your thoughts), the body (your physical health, nutrition, & movement), the emotional (your feelings, your soul’s experience of your internal world and the world around you), and the spiritual (your existential outlook, your life philosophy, your religious beliefs/practices, what connects you to something “more”). You are more than one thing. In order to get the best angle for growth and healing, it is imperative to look at the whole you and to integrate practices that allow for healing in each of these areas (hence the “integrative.”)

The term “integrative” refers to practice that includes two or more disciplines or distinct approaches to care. In terms of the services at Holistic Acceptance, PLLC, you have options to integrate traditional psychotherapy with Reiki, mindfulness, and meditation. Moreover, my psychotherapeutic approach integrates multiple theoretical orientations: biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, systemic, and humanistic. Doing so allows me to truly tailor each therapeutic relationship to the best approach for my specific client and their desired goals.

Finally, I believe that each of us has within us the deep capacity to tap into our own, innate intuition. Intuition is our “inner knowing.” It’s the gut feeling that many of us have had conditioned out of us as we grew into adulthood. Not only have I learned to harness my own therapeutic intuition to better support my clients, I also work with clients to identify and implement ways to “tap into” and honor their own unique inner guidance.

Through these three methods, I show up for my clients to truly get to the core of their healing. These strategies have impacted in my personal and professional journey, and I am confident that this holistic, integrative, and intuitive approach has the capacity to support all individuals in deep and meaningful way.

How do we get started?

All you have to do is email, call, or text me to get started with a complimentary 30-minute consultation. You are also able to book that directly by clicking here and awaiting my online approval. When we settle on a time that works for us both, we’ll connect via phone or video (I prefer video, but it’s your call!)

At that time, I will answer any questions you may have, as well as get a better idea of your goals for therapy (and/or Reiki, Mindfulness & Meditation services). You will get a better feel for me, and we can discuss my style and the general process.

If we both feel like we are well suited to work together, I’ll gather some basin information from you, book your first session, and provide you with a follow up link to access online paperwork in the Simple Practice portal.  This will be the online access point for navigating appointment scheduling (unless you prefer to book through me directly), completing documents, as well as a HIPAA protected portal for any confidential messages you need to send me between sessions. You can also log in to access links for our teletherapy sessions, should you choose to use the teletherapy option.

How long will I be in therapy?

Therapy can be for as long or as short as you like, but my preference is for working with clients on a more long-term basis. Progress is often impacted by the frequency in which you attend sessions, but moreover by your commitment to implementing and engaging in “the work” between sessions. There is a beautiful ebb and flow to the healing process, and

I often tell clients, “It takes as long as it takes.” The truth is, sometimes the presenting issue that brings you to therapy is not the core issue. Oftentimes, as we dig deeper together, clients find that there is something different that is requiring their attention. Regardless of where we start, pulling at one thread often unravels the core of the issue. Once we get there, the length of therapy is really driven by what feels best for you and most manageable for where you are at this point in your life. Unless there is an imminent, life-threatening crisis, I allow my clients to determine the frequency of their sessions. My goal is for a client to leave feeling better than when they came in- always… regardless of what shows up in each session. 

Many clients begin feeling substantial relief after eight to twelve sessions, while others prefer to remain regularly engaged for years.  In most cases, and where time/scheduling permits, I recommend starting with a heavier session frequency (i.e. weekly). Once we have established a relationship, you experience some progress/relief, and you feel like I have a good understanding of your history, relationships, and internal experiences, we would slow down to every-other-week. Therapy is said to move in phases, and after the initial relief comes, we move into more of a “working phase.” This is where the real magic happens in my opinion! During this time, we really start to challenge patterns, integrate deeper work (in and outside of session), and having some space between sessions can help you to apply what we are doing together. While this phase can feel like untethering or “like an undoing,” it prompts that deeper transformation that we all crave… that coming home to yourself. This stage is necessary, and it is a deep privilege to be a part of this portion of my clients’ journeys. From here, we move to a maintenance phase, dropping sessions to three or four weeks apart, collaborating to incorporate the skills, new beliefs, and healthier habits that you’ve gained from therapy. The final termination phase is where we review your progress and growth (YAY!) and prepare to part ways. For some clients this looks like electing to continue quarterly or every six months to check in, while for others it can look like discharging completely. I have an open door policy, and you are always welcome back to process anything new that may come up for you in the future! During your complimentary consultation and initial intake session, we can collaborate to set goals for what you’d like therapy to look like for you. We will revisit this in an ongoing fashion to make sure we are still aligned with the plan, as well as to set additional intentions for our time working together as needed.

Do therapists have therapists?

Oddly, the profession does not require it, but it is encouraged! That said, I think it is incredibly important for all therapists to do “the work” on themselves, both initially before beginning practice as a therapist, but also in an ongoing manner as needed to increase support around processing personal issues. I have participated in my own therapy in many different phases of my life, as well as engaged in spiritual mentorship programs, Reiki healing, EFT tapping workshops, IFS workshops, Yoga, and mindfulness/meditation retreats. Self-care is my friend, and I truly seek to “practice what I preach.” Burn out is no fun for anyone, and I am grateful to have had the support of some incredible healers in my life. In addition, I currently also receive the support of a clinical supervisor, and I participate in several monthly therapeutic consultation groups (one for general mental health, one for holistic therapy, and one for addiction therapy).

How will I know if you are a good fit for me?

Most people will have a pretty good idea based on our initial complementary consultation. I try to be real with my clients, and I pride myself on being an authentic version of myself in therapy. Being human translates to helping other humans, and I am no stranger to the healing journey. I like to laugh as medicine, and I am a deeply good listener. I am non-judgmental at my core. I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, that people are innately worthy of love, and that compassion for ourselves and others is the remedy for most things. Got a question- ask me. I’ll do my best to answer it honestly, and if I don’t know, I’ll find you someone who does. I want to make a difference in this world, and I hope that by doing this work I am able to teach people how to truly love themselves, wounds and all.

What are the session fees?

Initial intake sessions are ninety minutes with a fee of $225. A standard sixty- minute session is $150, and a thirty-minute add on session is valued at $75. Whether you are opting for therapy, Reiki, mindfulness/meditation, or some combination of these services, the fees are the same based on session length.

Outside of the therapeutic counseling relationship, there may be times in which you require additional support in coordinating your care. With an authorized release, this can look like my engagement with a school, employer, doctor, psychiatrist, or by increasing support of you through text messages and emails between sessions. For clients who require case management outside of our typically allotted meetings, my billable rates for time spent outside of the therapy session remain the same. We will discuss these needs at intake, as well as in an ongoing fashion to ensure you are receiving the most individualized and inclusive support possible.

Should cancellations be needed, as life often happens, I require 48-hour notice. Excluding emergencies (i.e. contagious illnesses, medical emergencies, death in the family, and inclement weather), the full fee will be charged for sessions cancelled with less than 48-hours’ notice.

If you’re feeling hesitant or questioning here, I completely get it. Therapy- or any type of healing- is truly an investment in your past, current, and future self. It is so important to choose the right person to guide you during this time, and I would love the opportunity to connect with you for a free, thirty-minute video consultation to answer any questions you may have, as well as for you to get a feel for me and the way I show up for my clients. I deeply believe in this work, and will happily support you in connecting with the right person if for any reason it isn’t me.

In compliance with the No Surprises Act, the session fees are as noted above and a Good Faith Estimate is as follows for self pay clients that are not interested in pursuing out of network reimbursement from their insurance provider for services. The Good Faith Estimate provides clients with fee expectations while receiving therapeutic services. Outside of the initial intake session valued at $225, if you are receiving standard, sixty-minute weekly sessions, the estimated monthly fee at Holistic Acceptance, PLLC would be $600. Standard, sixty-minute bi-weekly session fees would amount to an estimated fee of $300 per month.

In compliance with The Good Faith Estimate, if a fee becomes associated with a service, the client will have knowledge of the fee and be required to accept responsibility for the charges prior to the service being provided.

Can I use my insurance to pay for therapy? What about Reiki?

The short answer is YES, depending on your insurance policy.

I am dedicated to providing high quality, customizable, therapeutic services to my clients. I accept private pay for the services offered, which permits the flexibility to meet your individual needs.

I made the decision to convert my practice to “out-of-network” because I believe it allows for more flexibility and client choice, both in selecting a provider, as well as in the way I approach your individualized treatment. By electing to remain private pay, the client and therapist are free and unlimited by insurance driving the course of the treatment, the interventions used, and even the “diagnosing” of a client.

It’s no secret that understanding insurance can feel complex at best. As a result, many people are unaware that utilizing your insurance to pay for therapy not only limits confidentiality, but also can increase the likelihood of rising insurance premiums.

I believe that an informed client is an empowered client.

That said, I also understand that sometimes the utilization of insurance is imperative in obtaining affordable care. With that in mind, there is a simple process for seeking reimbursement from your insurance provider. Depending on your benefits, some clients are reimbursed up to 80%!

Depending on your individual healthcare plan, out-of-network benefits can be utilized to seek reimbursement for the services provided through Holistic Acceptance, PLLC. At the close of session, the card you provided on file will be utilized for payment. This may include HSA or FSA cards. If you elect to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance provider, I will provide a detailed receipt that can be utilized to submit to your insurance provider for session reimbursement (also called a “superbill”). This receipt will provide details required for reimbursement, as well as a breakdown on services rendered. Please note that superbill submissions require that you be assigned a diagnosis to provide to insurance.

Similarly, many hospital settings are utilizing Reiki to support patient recovery, and as a result, some policies are reimbursing for Reiki as well. Please check with your insurance provider to determine your plan’s specific policy. I am happy to provide you with a guiding list of questions to ask them to support this clarity.

My promise to you is that as an out-of-network provider, I am committed maintaining a low caseload (not holding more than 20 weekly clients at any given point.) For clients, that means being supported by a more emotionally grounded therapist, while also having increased access to more available appointment slots.

I know this an investment in YOU, and that can feel conflicting with all of the other things going on in your life and with the people you love. I can assure you that taking this step will have a “ripple down” effect to so many people that you love and support.

I’m happy to talk with you more during our consultation about how to navigate the decision to file out of network benefits versus remain private pay. I support your choice, and value your interest in working with me.

What payment methods are accepted?

I am able to accept credit, debit, Health Savings Account (HSA), and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards, as well as personal checks or cash. When booking your initial intake appointment, my secure online system will prompt you to place a credit, debt, HSA, or FSA card on file. At the time of the scheduled session, you have the option to utilize this stored form of payment, pay by personal check, or provide cash to your preference. In the event of a session cancelled with less than 48 hours-notice, the card on file will be billed for the full session payment. This excludes sessions cancelled for emergent reasons such contagious illness, medical emergencies, death in the family, and inclement weather. This policy is in place in an effort to permit ample time for the scheduling of clients who are waiting for appointment availability.

Ready to get started? Wondering if this is for you?

Contact me for a complimentary 30-minute phone or video consultation to determine if we are a good fit for working together toward meeting your counseling needs. I am excited to hear from you.