What are your office policies?
Office Policies

What is psychotherapy vs psychoanalysis?
The difference between psychotherapy and psychoanalysis is frequency of the treatment and goals.  Psychotherapy is aimed at alleviating symptoms, modifying behaviors, and at times achieving specific life goals which requires 1-2 sessions per week.  Psychoanalysis is an intensive form of treatment with the goal of an in depth understanding of oneself and/or uncovering and processing entrenched symptoms – usually core issues that have plagued a person for many years in order to attain relief and mastery over these issues.  Both promote self-actualization and improve self-efficacy.  In psychoanalysis I typically will see folks at minimum of 3 sessions per week.

How long are sessions?
Sessions are 45 minutes in duration.  At times due to a persons preference I will allow for double sessions which are 90 minutes in length.

What is your cancellation policy?
I ask that folks inform me at least 24 hours in advance if they will not be able to attend an appointment.  If an appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice I charge my full fee.  Please do note that the day and time that we agree upon in the beginning of our work is reserved specifically for you and since that time cannot be offered to anyone else the fee is charged.

What is your fee and payment policy?
I discuss a fee during the initial phone consult.  I ask that you pay either at the beginning or end of each session, unless we have made another agreement.

Is psychotherapy confidential?
Yes, what you talk about with me is confidential and I will take every measure I can to safeguard your information.  It is unethical for me to disclose information about our work together with a few exceptions listed below where I am required by my profession to break confidentiality.

-In the event there is clear and imminent danger to yourself or another person.
-If you disclose information that provides evidence of current abuse or neglect of a child or an older adult.
-You authorize me to disclose information (e.g., to another treatment provider or family member).
-In certain legal proceedings, which is very rare, and I am under court order.

Do you keep notes about what I say in session?
Yes.  The laws and standards of my profession require that I keep clinical treatment records.  I can prepare a summary for you if you request it within a reasonable time frame.  Because these are professional records, they can be misinterpreted and/or upsetting to untrained readers.  If you wish to see your records, I recommend that you view them in my presence so that we can discuss the contents.  I do charge an appropriate fee for professional time spent in responding to this request.