Counseling or Coaching?
If you reside in Washington D.C., Maryland, New Mexico or outside of the U.S., you have the option of receiving either counseling or coaching. Counseling may be a better fit for you if you are interested in doing further work on resolving issues from your past. A portion of your counseling fees may also be covered by out-of-network benefits through your insurance. Counseling services are protected by the code of ethics that outline my conduct as a clinical social worker, such as protecting your confidentiality and providing services within my areas of competence.
Coaching is likely to be a better fit for you if you are looking to receive support in formulating and achieving goals that move you forward in the life you desire for yourself. Coaching also allows you to maintain privacy around your wellness practices, rather than giving your insurance company access to your activities. Clients who seek coaching are generally functioning to an acceptable degree, but desire to maximize their level of life satisfaction.
If you are uncertain which service would better meet your needs at this time, don’t fret! We will assess this together during our consultation call.
What if i am currently experiencing a crisis?
Due to the nature of online counseling, I will not be able to provide you with services if you are experiencing a crisis such as suicidal or self-harming thoughts or behaviors, or any form of psychosis. Please Call the National Crisis Line at: 1-800-273-8255 or dial 911 if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or feel unsafe for any other reason. I am not a good fit for you if you are in need of prescriptions or management for psychotropic medications, as I do not perform this service. For your safety, I strongly advise you to seek therapeutic support at a local mental health agency if you have been experiencing any of the above.
How often do sessions need to occur?
Clients who engage in my services will be committed to weekly individual sessions. My experience as a therapist has shown me that consistent and active engagement is key in order for clients to achieve their desired outcomes. Weekly engagement allows me to provide you with accountability, generous encouragement and creative problem solving to better ensure your success. Decreased frequency of sessions can be arranged as goals are being reached and our therapeutic relationship draws to a close.
Are sessions held over skype?
Instead of Skype, I actually conduct video sessions using a HIPAA-compliant client portal, in order to better protect your right to privacy. The system I use also allows for secure messaging, so that you and I can guard your private health information. Once we successfully complete your initial consultation, I will send you a link for sessions through the client portal. You can also go to the “Schedule Appointment” tab to access the same site. You will not need to download any apps to use this portal for our sessions.