Frequently Asked Questions
What is therapy like?
Therapy sessions will be 50-60 minute appointments in which you have the opportunity to talk about your life experiences and challenges with a licensed mental health professional. You will receive feedback, guidance and skill building to help address the challenges you might be facing. The initial session will involve an assessment exploring your reasons for coming to therapy, any symptoms you might be experiencing, circumstances that might be impacting you and the strengths you have or need to build to overcome adversity.
What techniques do you use?
I utilize a mixture of therapy tools. I will utilize my skills and training to determine what might be the best fit for your needs. I might use CBT, TF-CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, EMDR, and Play Therapy (including art or sand tray) mixed with cultural and feminist theories. I'm building my skills in shamanistic practices as well. My goal is to focus on listening to what you need in the moment and where the spirit leads.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. The treatment engages use of the "whole brain" through eye movements (similar to REM sleep) or tapping to help calm down emotional upset related to traumatic memories. This website might provide you with more detailed information about EMDR.
What is CBT ?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a psychotherapy to look at the connections between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The skills learned in therapy can help you to challenge negative beliefs and thoughts that might be impacting your life experiences.
I am also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). this modality utilizes much of the same principles of CBT, with an intentional focus on addressing traumatic experiences.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a skill based in science and has been utilized by many centuries old cultures. The skills of mindfulness, help calm the mind and body in order to remain in the present moment without upset. It can help you to build awareness of your body, mind and spirit while becoming more centered and grounded.
What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?
Solution Focused Brief Therapy is integrated through all the styles of treatment I use. It is focused on goals that you have set for yourself and jointly with your therapist. Aligned with specific tools to help you overcome obstacles or blocks that might be making it difficult to find a solution on your own.
What should I expect in play therapy for children?
Children need different types of interventions than adults. They often struggle to put words to their feelings and use play as a way to express what they want, need and feel. The therapist will engage in art activities, games, playing with sand trays to help children build the skills they need to address life's challenges. The primary caregiver will be expected to participate in some or all of the therapy sessions, depending on the needs of the child and the family. Even though the caregiver might be present, the focus of the work remains on the child.
What is the fee for therapy?
Sessions are $120 per hour for individuals and $150 for couples/family (minimum of $80 payment required). I am paneled with Aetna, United Behavioral Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Ambetter and Missouri Medicaid. Please contact me to inquire further about using your health insurance benefits. I can also provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement as needed.