Offering in-person therapy in East Lansing or online sessions for all residents of Michigan.

FAQ

What issues do you treat?

I treat trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Click here to learn more about me.

What makes your practice unique?

In therapy, we use a client-centered approach and work together to come up with solutions. Therapy is a safe, non-judgmental space where we work together to provide you with the tools and skills you need to overcome challenges. We will use a variety of modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and more. I tailor therapy to your needs and situation. Don’t expect a one-size-fits-all approach.

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Do you provide online therapy? In-person therapy?

Yes, I provide both online and in-person therapy. In my office, I work with clients from the Greater Lansing Area, Okemos, Haslett, Mason, DeWitt, St. Johns, Williamston, and other local neighborhoods. Online therapy is available to all residents of Michigan.

Because of my office’s proximity to the campus of Michigan State University, I see many MSU faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students dealing with a wide range of mental health challenges. 

What modalities do you use?

I use a variety of modalities to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and goals. Some of the modalities that I am trained in include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Humanistic, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and more.

Do you take insurance?

I accept the following insurance:

  • BCBS
  • BCN
  • Humana
  • McLaren
  • Medicare
  • Priority Health
  • PHP
  • SPHN

I also offer out-of-network documentation that can be used to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully, and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them are:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

How can therapy help me?

There are many benefits to participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset in managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you toward a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding a resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking extra support when you need it. Therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.) or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues, such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts, and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much-needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to confront the challenges in their lives and to make positive changes.

What is therapy like?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue or longer-term to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in each session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process, such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors, or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and take responsibility for their lives.

Will I be stuck in therapy forever?

Therapy is not meant to last forever. The length of treatment depends on your needs and goals. Therapy aims to promote independence and help you learn skills and techniques so you can experience tangible improvements. Click here to learn more about what to expect in therapy.

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Is therapy confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with a highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but in the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in the session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, or Attorney), but by law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality, except for the following situations:

  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
  • If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming themselves or has threatened to harm another person.