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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people see a therapist?

There are a variety of reasons that someone may choose to reach out to a therapist, such as:

  • Feeling overwhelming emotions (including sadness, anxiety, anger, etc.)

  • Involvement in a crisis situation

  • Noticing difficulties in their daily functioning (e.g., trouble getting out of bed in the morning, struggling to focus on school/work, etc.)

  • Experiencing struggles within their relationships with others

  • Going through life transitions

  • Experiencing general life stressors and just needing someone to talk to

Please note, this is certainly not an exhaustive list! 

How much does therapy cost?

​Mental health therapy is often a covered service as part of your health insurance plan.  As such, the out-of-pocket cost for each individual may vary.  Please visit the Billing Information page to learn more!  It is important to note that therapy is an investment in your self and well-being!  Addressing mental health concerns is just as important as addressing physical health.  If you wouldn't hesitate to reach out to a doctor when feeling ill, please don't hesitate to reach out to a therapist if you're struggling with emotional concerns.

Is therapy confidential?

​What you discuss in therapy is completely confidential and remains between you and the therapist.  The exceptions to this involve:

  • An immediate threat of harm to yourself or others

  • Suspicions/allegations of child/elder abuse or neglect

  • Receiving a subpoena from the courts

When working with minors, confidentiality continues to be an important factor within the therapeutic relationship.  As such, parents/guardians are provided with general updates as requested regarding the overall treatment focus.  When there is a concern associated with safety, parents/guardians will be asked to join for part of the session and the client will be encouraged to disclose this information directly.  Heather will then work with the family unit to develop an appropriate safety plan/intervention.

How do I know if Heather is a Good fit for me?

The relationship between the client and therapist is one of the greatest predictors of the efficacy of therapy, therefore it is very important that you feel as though you feel as though your personality "fits" with Heather's approach and you are comfortable talking with her.  To learn more about Heather, click here


It is also important to consider the therapeutic modalities that the therapist uses to ensure that you are receiving services that are a good fit for your presenting concern.  Heather regularly draws upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in her work.  To learn more about various types of therapy, click here

How Long is Therapy?

 Each session ranges from 45-60 minutes.  When you first start therapy, you and Heather will work together to determine the frequency of sessions that will be most helpful to address your presenting concerns.  The overall duration of therapy varies for each individual.  Again, you and Heather will work together at the outset to identify treatment goals, thus helping ensure you find therapy to be a beneficial experience.     

Do I have to take medications?

Many individuals find a combination of medication and therapy to be the most effective in addressing their presenting concerns.  This is not the case for every individual though!  If you are interested in starting psychiatric medications to assist in managing your symptoms, this is definitely something that can be discussed in therapy.  Heather does not prescribe medications as part of her practice, however she refers to psychiatric providers in the area when this is of interest to the client.  The providers Heather works closely with are active in their client's treatment and regularly consult with Heather to ensure continuity of care.

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