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Under the current circumstances, online sessions are the safest option.
If you are hesitant about online therapy, let me give you a little more information.
(1) Online Therapy will feel a lot like FaceTime or Zoom, except we will meet using an HIPAA-compliant platform designed for confidential, medical appointments. It's simple to use, even if you're not a "tech person." Everything else about the appointment will be the same as an in-person appointment, including the length of the appointment and my commitment to providing you with excellent care. Plus, contrary to what most people assume, research shows that online therapy is just as effective as regular therapy. I encourage you to give it a try for a session or two to see what you think!
(2) In-person: If you need an in-person appointment, this may be possible if (a) you are symptom-free, (b) you have limited exposure risk in your daily life, and (c) you are not part of a vulnerable group. However, there is an inherent risk involved with gathering in an enclosed space. Per city and county ordinance, face coverings are required during in-person appointments. Some people prefer to meet in person for the first session or two, and then switch to online sessions.
Making the decision to start therapy can be difficult. But it doesn’t need to be. Starting therapy simply means you want to move your life in a positive direction. Just as you take care of yourself physically, it’s also important to care for yourself emotionally, mentally, and relationally.
Clients start therapy with me for a variety of reasons. Some clients are struggling with mood, anxiety, or relationship issues . . . or with a major life event or transition. Others have been in therapy before and find “maintenance sessions" helpful. Others want to work on being a better version of themselves and living a more intentional life.
Whatever your reasons, therapy can be helpful.
Understand. Heal. Grow. Psychotherapy for Your Life.
How to choose a therapist
Once you have made the decision to start therapy, it’s easy to get bogged down by trying to figure out which therapist to see.
Let me offer two basic suggestions:
(1) In therapy, you will need to talk about things that are both personal and private. So, it’s essential that you trust and feel comfortable with your therapist.
(2) Your therapist should have experience working with your primary concerns.
In order to find a therapist who meets both of these requirements, you may need to “interview” a few different therapists. Although this can take a little extra time, you’ll get better results in the long run if you find someone who is a good fit for you.
I try to help make this process easier by scheduling a short phone consultation prior to an initial appointment. After talking by phone, if I think that you would be better off seeing someone else, I will tell you that. If it seems like I might be a good fit for you, we will go ahead and schedule an initial appointment.
When you are ready to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation, click on contact me for more information on how to get in touch with me.
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Hi! Welcome to my practice! I am a licensed psychologist in Central Phoenix, and I specialize in helping people find solutions for mood, anxiety, and relationship issues. I also provide wellness therapy for people seeking to improve their overall emotional, psychological, and physical health. I work with adults, both individuals and couples.
I love what I do because I know therapy works. Therapy can help people make changes that lead to a more meaningful and more satisfying life. I hope that you will give therapy a try!