1) How do I get an appointment with you?
2) What happens once I request an appointment?
I will e-mail you a link to establish your secure, on-line Client Portal, which contains your intake packet. All paperwork is completed electronically and must be completed 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment to avoid rescheduling.
3) How long are sessions?
Mother daughter therapy is offered as 90-minute sessions. Individual therapy sessions are 60-minutes.
4) Do you accept insurance?
I don't accept insurance. Cash and all major credit cards accepted. I accept HSA/FSA benefit funds, but they must be on a Mastercard or Visa debit card.
5) How long do I need to let you know if I won’t be attending my appointment?
I require a 24-hour in-advance notice. If you're cancelling less than 24-hours prior to your scheduled appointment, this is considered a "late cancellation", which is subject to the full fee of the session. If possible, a notice greater than 24-hours would be greatly appreciated as this opens up slots for clients who might need to be seen sooner.
6) What is the difference between therapy and coaching?
Therapy is a type of treatment that involves diagnosing, assessing, and utilizing therapeutic techniques to treat mental health disorders, behaviors, and trauma associated with such diagnosed mental health condition(s). Therapists/counselors are Master's- or Doctoral-level providers specifically trained and licensed/regulated by their states' licensing boards to utilize the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM) to diagnosis, provide clinical assessments, treatment plan and utilize clinical evidence-based modalities to address diagnosed mental health conditions, behaviors and trauma.
Coaching is a type of approach that is used the identify/address obstacles, behaviors and mindsets that are getting in the way of a person living the best version of themselves. Coaches do not treat, diagnosis or assess mental health disorders. Rather, coaches utilize techniques that teach practical skills that allow for greater understanding of self, encourage self-discovery and in, turn, achieve personal growth in identified areas of growth. Although there is no regulatory or licensing board for coaching, coaches go through specific certification programs to become qualified in their areas of niche.
Mother-daughter work is strictly coaching. If the need for therapy arises for the mother and/or daughter at any point during their mother-daughter coaching sessions, I will refer out them out to a licensed therapist that will help them address their therapeutic/mental health needs. At this time, we will re-assess how to proceed with mother-daughter work.
My approach for Feminine Empowerment for adult women and teen girls is using both therapy and coaching in tandem throughout the course of treatment.
7) When do I expect to be done with individual therapy or mother-daughter coaching?
I take special care to individualize your care based on your needs. Because of the uniqueness of my clients' needs, it's hard to put a timeframe on the course of therapy. There's no "one size fits all" or shortcuts with therapy. That said, I regularly re-assess therapy /coaching needs to ensure we are staying on track and to get more fidelity on when your therapy/coaching might end. The duration and success of therapy/coaching also depends on how invested my clients are with their therapy/coaching goals.
8) Can I bring my children with me to therapy appointments?
No. Your individual therapy sessions will be strictly for you alone. If you're doing mother daughter coaching, this time is for you and your mother/daughter only. This is a very important time that deserves your full attention, so this term is non-negotiable. Please make babysitting plans in advance. If you're not able to find a sitter, please call to reschedule with at least 24 hours’ notice to avoid the late cancellation fee as noted above.
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Vita Nova Counseling will be closed on Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th. I will return in office on Monday, December 12th and will return all inquiries at that time.