Do I really need therapy? I’m usually pretty good at handling my own problems…
Each person possesses a unique ability to adapt and cope with life’s challenges. At the same time, we can all benefit from support from time to time. Imagine life as a large body of water that we are each trying to navigate. As we travel, we may encounter obstacles that test the strength of our arms, the keenness of our navigation skills, and the fortitude of our boats. The loss of a job, the experience of a natural disaster, the death of a loved one, the birth of a new baby, a promotion, a marriage, or a child leaving for college are all life events which may overwhelm us and cause us to falter. Engaging in therapy offers the opportunity to get the support that we need to continue our journey by taking time to heal, to develop new skills, to reflect on the path thus far, and to create a plan for the future.
Will I be in therapy for the rest of my life?
Just as each person’s life is different, each person’s journey in therapy and process of recovery will be different. Some of the challenges that we face in life are situational and we need support only through those phases; other challenges are ongoing and require ongoing support. As a clinician, my goal is to help you develop the skills that you need to thrive without therapy if that is appropriate for you.
Is therapy really confidential?
Trust between a client and their therapist is crucial to fostering a safe therapeutic environment and working relationship. Your participation in the therapy and the details that you share with me will never be shared with others without your expressed written consent, with exceptions made only in the interest of public safety; these exceptions are expressed/suspected intent to harm yourself or others; or admitted/suspected child or dependent elder abuse; or if I am required to respond to a court subpoena.
What will happen if we run into each other in public?
As a member of certain overlapping communities, I sometimes run into clients in public or at social events. I make a point to never acknowledge a client first in order to help them avoid other people’s questions about how they know me and I will only make brief, light conversation if a client approaches me. I will never bring up therapeutic details in public and ask clients to do the same. I also know that clients may go by a different name in certain social contexts and I will never address a client by their legal name unless invited to do so. Furthermore, I do not take photos with or of clients, even with their permission. I value my own privacy, as well as that of my clients, and I ask that clients extend me these same courtesies.
Can I add you on social media?
I understand that clients may be curious to learn more about me as a person and may search the web for that information. With this in mind, please remember that the world of social media offers little guarantee of privacy; even searching a person’s name may expose them and you to other mutual connections who you do not want having certain private information. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn are not secure and should never be used for communicating private health information. For this reason, I do not knowingly connect with clients on any social networks as this would potentially compromise a client’s confidentiality, as well as each of our individual privacy. I commit to not seeking out client’s social media profiles or viewing their online activities without their consent. I also ask that clients not seek me out on social networks beyond any official profiles created for Endeavoring Wellness, LLC, or share with others any personal information or images that they may find.
How often will we meet?
I will meet with you weekly at a time that is reserved solely for you. Weekly sessions are most effective for building a strong therapeutic relationship and making consistent progress towards your treatment goals. We may consider stepping down to less frequent sessions later on in treatment.
How long are sessions?
Standard sessions are approximately 50 minutes, and extended sessions are approximately 80 minutes.
How much does therapy cost?
My fee is $176 per standard session and $196 per extended session. Payment is due at the time of service and can be made by cash, money order, credit/debit card, or FSA/HSA benefits. Please note fees may apply for any electronic payments.
How does the scholarship fund work?
The E2Wellness Therapy Scholarship functions to offset the cost of therapy for queer +/ trans folks who have very limited income; the scholarship recipient pays only $30 per session. The scholarship is funded through donations and grants that I write for on behalf of the practice. As a result, funding is limited and subject to availability. The application cycle is currently closed.
Do you accept my insurance?
I am not in-network with any insurance providers. Some insurance plans may offer reimbursement for out-of-network providers; I encourage you to contact the member services number listed on the back of your insurance card to clarify your benefits. You may also be able to pay for therapy using funds from a healthcare savings account or flexible spending account.
Do you offer group therapy?
I do not offer group therapy at this time.
Do you prescribe medication?
I am unable to provide prescriptions or medication management. I am happy to coordinate with your existing psychiatrist and offer appropriate referrals if clinically indicated.
Do you accept children as clients?
I do not currently accept children as clients.
I don’t live in Pennsylvania. Can I still be a client?
At this time, I am licensed only in the state of Pennsylvania so any client must also reside in Pennsylvania or travel to the state for services.
COVID-19 Advisory: Due to a waiver by the DCA of New Jersey, I am accepting short-term NJ clients for telehealth through February 2021.
What is your cancellation policy?
This practice has a no-cancellation policy. This means that you will still be responsible for the full session fee if you fail to show for your appointment. You must make payment before you are able to schedule another session. Options for rescheduling in an emergency are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
How can I support Endeavoring Wellness?
Endeavoring Wellness accepts donations to the therapy scholarship fund via paypal.me/e2wellness. Receipts of donation are available upon request. Folks are also encouraged to set up recurring sponsorship via www.patreon.com/endeavoring.
Are you available for speaking engagements or panels?
Yes, I am! Fill out the contact form to inquire about availability and rates.
Do you provide clinical supervision for other clinicians?
I do! For more information, click here.