What is integrative therapy?
The practice of integrative psychotherapy treats the whole individual: mind, body, behavior, and spirit. An integrative psychotherapist will explore disowned, disengaged, or disempowered parts of the self and seek to unify them with the cohesive whole. An integrative psychotherapist seamlessly blends somatic therapeutic modalities (somatic meaning "of the body") with more traditional insight-oriented therapies as a means to increase awareness, a sense of aliveness, spontaneity and flexibility, problem-solving skills, and curiosity. To read more about integrative therapy and its benefits, go here.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT SOMATIC ("BODY-BASED") MODALITIES?
All emotions are experienced physiologically. Think about it: how do you know you're angry? How do you know you're anxious? There are sensations that are happening at the physiological level giving you those cues (e.g. you feel pressure in your chest, heat in your face, your throat tightening, nauseous or tingling in your belly, etc.). Somatic methods (I utilize Gestalt Therapy as well as mindfulness techniques for this) direct attention to these sensations in your body, versus the thoughts related to the emotions themselves, or your interpretation of those feelings or thoughts. Instead, through a gently guided approach, somatic therapies allow you to move through these sensations in a "bottoms-up" approach, allowing you to explore emotional, mental, and physical issues from a nervous system perspective. If you have more questions or would like additional resources, feel free to reach out here, or schedule a free 30-minute in-person consultation to learn more.
I’ve never been to therapy before. What will it be like?
Some days, therapy will feel like a warm hug, or like hanging out in a trusted friend’s living room. Other days it will feel like the kind of uncomfortable you feel when you’re going through growing pains, or pushing past your comfort zone. Some days you might leave feeling like you just ran a marathon. Other days you may leave feeling just as stuck as when you arrived, and that’s okay, too. It’s all important, and it’s all a part of the process.
One important thing to know about therapy is that sometimes you feel worse before you feel better. This just means you're growing, and change is hard work! I will encourage you not to let the "worse" part scare you into quitting before the "better" happens.
How will I know if you’re the best person to help me?
Finding the right therapist for you can sometimes feel like online dating... It's tough to know who is on the other side of the screen!
For that reason I like to offer a free "get to know each other" appointment so that we can both decide if we're a fit. This free 30-minute consultation is a relaxed and safe environment for us to talk about your goals and for me to answer any questions you might have about the process.
Call (828) 989-2994 or e-mail email@example.com now to schedule your free consultation.
I’ve been in therapy too much before. What’s different about you?
Sometimes a fresh perspective, fresh energy, or a different style of therapy can help us shift and change in new ways. Sometimes it’s the 57th time you've heard something that – for whatever reason – is said in just the right way that it finally makes sense to you. As you may have already read about me, I’m not a nod and smile, blank screen therapist. I’m direct, transparent, and will (lovingly) challenge you to challenge yourself throughout our work together.
But don’t rely on website jargon. Schedule a free “get to know each other” appointment with me to see if we might be a fit!
Why is therapy so expensive?
Therapy is an investment in yourself. For some folks this is a major deal, and maybe even a first. In the same way that you might invest in a home (maintenance and repairs, rent, a mortgage, landscaping, etc.), therapy is an investment in your internal home – making the necessary repairs, cleaning up what’s messy, and investing in your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health such that living becomes a joy and not an impossible chore.
Still, the fact remains that therapy is costly. For those in need of a reduced-fee option, I have a few slots available through Open Path Collective. To see if those slots are open and for more information, visit www.openpathcollective.org.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Depending on your plan, either a copay or a portion of your deductible may be due at the time of our session. I encourage you to call the number on the back of your insurance card to learn more about your specific benefits and eligibility.
If you are not with BCBS, but have out-of-network benefits with your insurance company, I am happy to provide you with a “superbill” at the end of our sessions that you can then submit for possible reimbursement.
What should I bring to our first appointment?
You will need to bring the following things to our first session:
- Your BCBS insurance card
- A credit or debit card
- Payment in the form of a check, cash, or a credit/debit card (see Location and Fees for more information on this) - and please note that payment is due in full at the time of each session
- An open mind and willing attitude