Frequently Asked Questions
What will therapy look like with Abbie?
This depends largely on who is seeking therapy and what they're looking for. I believe in a few absolute truths about therapy - it is a sacred journey on which I am grateful to be part of, everything you share in therapy is a gift, and we can't expect to make real progress unless you're vulnerable and honest. The journey is yours, I happen to have a few extra tools to help you write a more effective roadmap than what you've been following so far.
Session time will be divided between sharing what brings you to therapy - what challenges you're facing and the successes you've had, determining where your challenges are coming from (internal or external) and collaboratively problem-solving ways to more effectively meet your needs.
I'm not one to sugar-coat or beat around the bush and I genuinely care about improving your wellbeing. If you're minimizing your needs or spinning a story (because let's be real - we all do it sometimes to look better), I'm going to call you on your BS. If you're talking crap about yourself or putting yourself down, we're going to talk about it, because I believe you deserve whatever a positive outcome looks like for you with a healthy sense of inherent self-worth.
Because research shows one of the main predictors to therapeutic success is the relationship between the therapist and client, making sure we're the right fit is essential for the process. I require free 20 minute face-to-face consultations for potential clients who desire a meet-and-greet. If we determine we're a good initial fit, the next step is an intake session. Intakes are scheduled for 90 minutes and are all about information gathering to best collaboratively plan for our future sessions.
What is your theoretical orientation and what will this mean for our therapy?
Essentially, I draw from Psychodynamic Theory, Rational-Emotive Behavior Theory, and Attachment-Based Theory.
You may be saying, "Okay - well what the heck does that mean?".
This means that I believe:
The successes and failures of our early childhood relationships shaped the way we approach relationships as an adult, even in so much as trying to recreate relationships to "do them better".
Our life experiences shape our worldview which shapes the way we think. The way we think then shapes the way we feel and behave in response to difficulties in life. The result of how we respond, the consequences whether positive, negative, or neutral informs our worldview and the cycle continues.
It is important that as humans we have a close and trusting relationship with at least one other person, on whom we can rely for emotional support. The way we form bonds with others as adults depends largely on our early life experiences with our caregivers. The way we connect with others as adults can affect a variety of aspects of our life including school, work, and intimate relationships.
When are your appointments?
I offer therapy sessions Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am-7pm, and Thursdays from 10am-6pm.
Exact availability is likely to vary week to week.
My office hours are typically limited on Mondays.
Do you take insurance?
Currently, I am private pay only. I am in the process of credentialing with several insurance companies.
What are your rates?
Individual Therapy Intake (90 minutes) - $200
Individual Therapy (60 minutes) - $120
Gender-Affirming Assessment & Referral Letter (60 minutes) - FREE
How can I pay for services?
I accept cash, check, card, and HSA cards. I utilize the HIPAA-secure payment system IvyPay to process client credit/debit cards. A link to the app will be sent to clients prior to their first session in order to secure their appointment.
What if I can't afford your rates?
I understand that not everyone can afford my full-fee rates. Particularly, as some of the communities I serve are often under- and unemployed. I offer limited reduced fee spots for clients with financial need.
I also offer reduced-fee services through the Open Path Collective.
How are reduced rates determined?
I use a calculator, which considers income, household size, and debt-to-income ratio to determine suggested rate (when such rates are available). If you, like me, see therapy as an investment in yourself only you can determine how much you can afford to invest and how highly you value my services (built on years of education and training).