What is EXPERIENTIAL therapy?
As you may see on my business card, I describe the work I do as being experiential. This means that we will base our exploration on your experience both in the therapy room and in the world. We will be using talk therapy as our primary way to support you, however, I will help you learn to feel your body and the emotions and sensations you experience in your body as part of the healing journey. We may also use some creative exercises such as dream exploration, art therapy, or even acting out different conversations that may be helpful for you to have with people in your life, or parts of yourself. The most important thing about experiential therapy, is that it will be tailored to you and your needs.

How long will therapy take?
This depends on what your goals are. When we begin, we will look at what you are looking to get out of this process . I will work with people with short term goal oriented work or long term depth work and have experience doing both. For the therapy to be beneficial, my experience is that it requires at the very least 12 weeks of focused work together. However, some people choose to be in therapy for a half year to a few years and some people choose therapy as part of their ongoing lifestyle. There is no right way except what is right for you.

WIll my insurance cover therapy?
It is sometimes possible for insurance to cover the costs of therapy. However, I do not deal directly with your insurance company. You pay and then request reimbursement from the company. If you want them to reimburse you, then
monthly, I will provide you with a “receipt for Insurance” which you can turn in to your insurance co
mpany for reimbursement. You would be responsible for:

  1. Checking with them to make sure that they will pay for therapy with me.
  2. Paying upfront each week and sending in the “receipts for insurance” to your insurance to get reimbursed.

Is something wrong with me if I come into therapy?
This question may be less frequently asked these days since therapy is portrayed all over mainstream media and is a thriving activity in the Bay Area, however, it is normal for people who have never been in therapy to wonder if there is stigma associated with the pursuit or if it means you have problems. People use therapy for a wide range of goals and needs. Many people in individual therapy are high functioning, very SANE people, looking for support, more fulfillment, and ways to find better coping strategies for the challenges of life. However, any feelings of discomfort you have with therapy can be part of what we explore and there is nothing wrong with having some ambivalence about starting therapy.