Therapy has the potential to be beneficial to all. That being said, it’s important that you find the right fit. Each therapist will approach your concerns differently and may have slightly different means to the same goals. What we know from research is that the most important part of therapy is having a trusting and secure relationship with your therapist. Although you may be intrigued by different therapy models (which can be helpful) if you find a therapist who feels like a right fit, that will have the greatest impact on your experience in therapy.
You are the expert in the room when it comes to you! Because of this, I may have ideas or interventions that could be useful, but I tend to prioritize your current needs and focus. The beginning of therapy is often a bit more directed by me as we have some essential work related to assessment and creating treatment goals, but after the 2nd or 3rd session, my hope is that you will feel free to direct the flow of therapy or let me know if you need me to be more directive along the way.
Nope. I will help you determine the direction you would like to go and process what the outcomes may be along the way. Therapy is not about me or my opinions. It is a space for you to feel safe to explore what is troubling you and I believe you already have the answers inside, but may need help bringing them to light. Together we will work to discover the true desires of your heart.
No. I am a master’s level therapist and do not have the ability to prescribe medication. I can help you find a local psychiatrist or doctor if you have questions or needs for medication.
This depends on what you are hoping to get from therapy when you first arrive. My goal is always to have you feeling happy and healthy and ready to take on the world without me! That being said, some areas of struggle may take longer to address than others. One of the tools that we use at River City Clinic is an outcome based meausure to help us track your progress and your feelings of satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with me as your therapist. This can help us determine when you are ready to decrease frequency or terminate therapy. We will discuss this along the way.
The best way to manage this question is to call your insurance company directly. There is a phone number on the back of your card to help with coverage questions. Although we are in network with many providers, the specific cost per policy may be different. Some policies cover the full cost, some have co-pays, and some cover a portion after you meet your deductible. To avoid any surprises, I would encourage you to directly speak with someone at your insurance company.
If you are using insurance you will be billed monthly. If you are paying out of pocket or have a co-pay with your insurance, those payments are due at the time of your session. You can pay at the front desk before your session and we accept cash, personal checks, or credit cards.
If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so 24 hours or more in advance. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your session you will be charged the full fee for service and insurance does not cover that cost.
You will feel comfortable to be yourself with a therapist who is a good fit for you. That should include being comfortable to tell your therapist if you like or don’t like something they do! The reality is that each therapist is not a perfect fit for every person. And it is important to me that you find someone who feels like a right fit for you! We can have a short phone conversation before your first session to get a feel for this, and at any point if you feel like we might not be the best fit for you or your needs, I will work with you to find someone who can meet your needs.
We are located on the 3rd floor of the Energy Park Financial Center off of Energy Park Drive:
1360 Energy Park Dr.
St Paul, MN 55108
Please call 612-305-8606 to schedule an appointment. You will automatically receive my voicemail, so please leave me a message with your name and number and I will call you back within 1 business day.
You can also call 651-646-8985 and ask Diane or Colette to help you find an available spot on my schedule.
Yes. There are a few limitations to your confidentiality that we will discuss in your first session, but apart from that, therapy is a space for you to trust that what you say is confidential.
Absolutely. Although my hope is that we will work together, my greater desire is to see you feeling better. If there is someone out there who could better meet that need than me, I’d love to help you find him/her.
Therapy is your space. I want you to feel safe and to share what you feel ready to share. If I ask a question that you do not want to answer, you are welcome to let me know and I will respect that. If you have something you’d like to share but are not sure if you are ready, we can process the reasons connected to your hesitation, and if you choose to keep that information protected, I will respect that as well. Sometimes therapy is about challenging yourself toward growth, but that must be done in a way that feels safe. Your safety is my number one priority!