Q: What can I expect from the first session?
A: Relationships are powerful and transformative, and we will begin building ours on Day 1. Many people I’ve worked with in the past have had negative experiences with the medical community, so it’s important to me that I create a supportive atmosphere that doesn’t abide by heteronormative White ideology. The first session is about building trust and rapport, so that I can get an idea of what you’re comfortable with, what your goals are, and what structure of support you need. I approach each patient differently, making sure that I meet you where you are.
Q: How do I know you’re the right therapist for me?
A: I am a part of a number of the communities I strive to serve: a Queer therapist and trauma survivor with a chronic health condition, I come to my work from a place of profound understanding and empathy. I also deeply believe in therapeutic relationships as a means through which we can reach our fullest potential. My passion for my profession sprouted from my own experiences with therapy, and while therapy is my work, it is also my calling. I believe that my patients’ mental health improves when I am open with them: I have worked through my own issues and found resiliency through that work. I go to therapy; I believe in it whole-heartedly.
Q: What are your qualifications?
A: I am a psychologist who is a licensed psychology associate. I have an LGBTQIAP+ Certificate in Health and Policy from George Washington University, as well as a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D). I have done independent studies in open relationships and ethical nonmonogamy, bisexuality and the therapy practice room, and creating a training program for businesses that increases their understand of nonbinary employees and patients.
Q: Do you accept insurance? How much do you charge?
A: While I do not accept insurance, I will file your out-of-network reimbursement claim for you. I charge $250 for a 60-minute session, and $215 for a 45-minute session. I am open to negotiating those costs on a case by case basis.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: I have a very flexible policy that is founded in mutual respect and understanding. Please keep the lines of communication open.