From a client struggling with anxiety:
"I really appreciated how comfortable she made me feel during just the first visit. It helped make the whole experience positive for me."
From an adolescent coping with depression and anxiety:
"I enjoyed working with Dr. Jessica. She is very attentive and also a great listener. She gave very good suggestions to help my problems and helped me feel better."
From a client coping with stress and relationship difficulties:
"Dr. Jessica taught me ways to change my reactions to stress and therefore change the outcome. This gave me much more confidence and improved my relationships."
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people go to therapy?
There are many reasons why people choose to go to therapy. For some, it's to help them cope with a major life transition or change such as a divorce, a loss of a loved one, changing jobs, or starting a family. In other instances, it's to cope with intensified symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, or relationship issues. People often seek therapy because something is getting in the way of their happiness and they want to make a positive change.
Whatever the reason people seek therapy, the process of being able to work with a professional who is unbiased and skilled in treating emotional and interpersonal issues has been found to help people alleviate their symptoms, improve their relationships, increase self-awareness, learn new ways of coping, and improve their overall quality of life.
What is a psychologist?
A psychologist is a trained professional who works to help you strengthen your ability to make healthy decisions and increase your self-awareness from an unbiased perspective. A psychologist has received their doctorate degree in psychology, which is the highest level of training in the field. The role of a psychologist is that of a collaborator and a guide. With a focus on fully understanding your struggles, a psychologist will utilize their skills with the goal of helping you change your life for the better.
Is therapy right for me?
Therapy is right for anyone who is motivated to make positive change in their life. It is a process of learning new perspectives and ways of coping. It's also a process of recognizing and building upon your strengths. If you are looking to connect with someone who is skilled in the art of helping people improve their lives and relationships, then therapy is right for you.
What is it like being in therapy?
Therapy is different than talking to a friend or family member that may ultimately let their feelings or opinions get in the way. When you're in therapy you are talking to a helping professional who is completely objective, nonjudgmental, and is chiefly focused on two things- to understand and to help. Therapy isn't about advice giving. It's about deepening the understanding of your struggles and strengths as well as learning new ways of coping and relating to the world.
In therapy, it is important to feel a strong sense of trust with your therapist. Without that trust and positive relationship it would be difficult to get any meaningful work done! Sometimes therapy can be challenging, in that you are taking time to talk about things that might be sad, or painful. However, your therapist will be there to guide you through the process every step of the way. If you are motivated and fully involved in the therapy process, it can be truly life-changing.
What is expected from me?
Therapy involves three essential things from you: motivation, patience, and hope. Since therapy is a collaborative relationship it is important that you be motivated to make changes. Your therapist shows up ready and willing to help, so if you are motivated to take part in therapy and do the work, then that's a great match! It is also important to have patience. Healing takes time, and while we want you to find relief as quickly as possible, we don't want to rush past any important work that might ultimately set you back if not addressed. Lastly, you will need hope (even if it's just a little bit of it). In order to get better, it's important to believe that it's possible and that things do get better. As long as you show up with at least a little of each of these traits, you're good to go! Your therapist will always be there to help you strengthen any and all of these areas.
How do I start therapy?
If you feel that we would be a good match, contact me! We can set up a phone consultation free of charge and we can even set up your first appointment. My schedule is flexible and I offer evening hours as well.
How much does therapy cost?
It is important to consider the value of your mental health when allocating funds for therapy as well as the stigma that might come along with making time for yourself and what you truly need. In our society, one might more readily accept the cost of a medical bill or an outing with friends than the cost of mental health. Please contact me for information about my fees. I accept cash, check, or credit for services. Read the insurance FAQ below for information about insurance reimbursement. A sliding scale fee based on annual income may be considered for clients who experience financial hardship.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an 'out-of-network' provider. My practice is 'fee-for-service' so that I may provide the most personalized service to my patients. If you have an insurance plan with out-of-network benefits, clinical services may be covered in part or in full by your health insurance plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking your provider these questions: 'Do I have out-of-network mental health insurance benefits? What is the coverage amount per session?' In instances where out-of-network benefits are covered, you will be responsible for payment at the time of service and your insurance will reimburse your expenses.