FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
I do not participate with insurance panels. It’s been my experience that insurance companies limit clinicians' ability to provide services in alignment with best practices for the EMDR therapy process. I also believe you should have the right to seek therapy without a mental health diagnosis required to go on your record and that your confidentiality is paramount.
But can my insurance help pay for your services in any way?
It’s possible! Many insurance companies reimburse their members for a portion of therapy costs for “out of network” providers. I recommend that you contact your insurance company and ask if they cover “out-of-network” mental health services (also ask about your deductibles and their reimbursement rates/percentages). If you choose to go this route, please note that payment for services will be due at the time of service. I will be happy to provide you with a receipt (“superbill”) for your sessions that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. However, I am unable to assist with insurance matters beyond that. (Please note, if you do seek “out of network” coverage, a diagnosis on record will likely be required for you to be reimbursed.)
What is the investment for EMDR intensives?
Initially, an EMDR therapy intensive may look like a higher upfront cost than traditional therapy. However, since we will need much fewer sessions than with regular talk therapy to resolve trauma and pain, the overall investment can be significantly lower than a weekly therapy model.
EMDR Therapy Intensive $300/hour
Typically we work in 2 hour sessions for 2 to 8 sessions over a 2 to 8 week period
Total cost ranges from $1200-$4800
Please click here for a list of everything that’s included in our intensives.
WHAT IF THIS ISN'T A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
Check out my blog post, "Recommendations I Commonly Make For Those Seeking Therapy Referrals and Resources."
What happens if I have an emergency or need urgent help in between sessions?
As a solo private practice, I am unable to provide crisis care. Please contact your primary care doctor, therapist or call 911 for urgent needs.
To provide you with the best care possible and support my sustainability, I prioritize rest, personal time and the ability to recharge outside of my office hours. In order to make that a reality I do not receive phone calls or messages on weekends, evenings, holidays, or during scheduled time off. If you feel your needs are greater than the time we have available to work together, I’d be happy to offer referrals to other resources or therapists that can support your needs and coordinate care during your therapy intensive.
Isn’t EMDR just for trauma or PTSD?
No. EMDR is an excellent and highly effective treatment for PTSD, but it is also a successful treatment for many other struggles in life. EMDR can help with all kinds of pain, difficult memories, negative or blocking beliefs, and unpleasant emotions. They can be deep and traumatic, or they can be “small” but distressing burdens in your life. For example, EMDR could help ease your stress in relationships, at home or at work, or within yourself. EMDR can help with feelings of low self-esteem, interpersonal and professional relationships, and even be used for performance enhancement in many areas of life (including athletics, business, communication, dating, public speaking, etc.).
What is considered “Recent Trauma and Intense Pain”?
A recent trauma, distressing loss, or event could be many things, ranging from a breakup, divorce, job loss, accident, death, natural disaster, health crisis, violent event, unexpected shock, or feeling blindsided by pain. What’s important is to try to reach out as soon as possible after the event happened (ideally within 3 months). In terms of the “degree” of distress, sometimes we feel intense pain about things that might seem “small” in comparison to other things, but they plague us, nonetheless. If you feel acute stress or pain, please reach out to explore if a Recent Trauma and Intense Pain EMDR Intensive if a good fit for your needs.
Do you offer weekly, ongoing psychotherapy or only EMDR therapy intensives?
I offer EMDR Intensives exclusively. I began providing EMDR therapy in 2013, and continue to be thrilled by the relief and renewal it provides clients. Although, it's challenging work, and can be difficult to tolerate and sustain motivation for the process over months and years.
I have found EMDR therapy intensives to be the most effective and efficient delivery of care for my clients, often decreasing the need for long-term therapy and reducing overall costs for treatment.
If your needs are better suited for a traditional, weekly model of therapy, I recommend searching for one of my skilled colleagues through EMDRIA.org.
If I already have a primary therapist, can I do an EMDR intensive as adjunct therapy?
Yes! Therapists frequently refer their regular clients for EMDR intensives to help with specific, especially traumatic issues, or when therapy appears to be “stuck.” The main benefit of adding an EMDR intensive to your regular talk therapy is that EMDR can accelerate the healing process of trauma or other pain points that have not resolved with other forms of therapy. Once these issues are resolved, the rest of your primary therapy may go much more smoothly. Learn more here.
How should I prepare for my first EMDR session?
After you’ve scheduled your EMDR intensive, I will send you information and resources to help you prepare, as well as tips and instructions on how to get the most out of your therapy time.
Before the day of your session, identify and arrange for a safe, quiet, private, comfortable space where you can set up for our sessions. You will also want to ensure that there is a solid internet connection, with both adequate download and upload speeds. If you can connect to the internet with ethernet, even better!
Other ways to help get you into the right mind space for your session include journaling about your goals for treatment. Think about and imagine what your life would look and feel like when you achieve these goals. See if you can lean into that vision and paint a picture for yourself that you can then share in our first session. If you’re not sure what your goal is yet, it’s OK; we can discuss everything during our first session, and I will make recommendations for your proposed treatment plan.