Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the questions that I am frequently asked during consultation calls or during initial sessions. Please take the time to review these questions prior to our scheduled consultation call. 

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Session Information

  • How do I get started? There's a message box available on the home page so that you can easily reach out to me. You can also directly email me at sulacounseling@gmail.com.

  • Do you offer free consultations? What do I share during the consultation call? I do offer free consultation calls and are about 10 mins long. 

  • How long is a typical session?  My sessions are 50 mins long. Longer sessions can be scheduled (75-90 mins) for an additional fee and will have to be scheduled in advance. 

  • How often do we meet? The standard is every other week and longer term clients, after meeting their therapeutic goals, will often have monthly check-in sessions as a form of mental health maintenance. I do not meet with new clients monthly as this is not consistent enough to establish a meaningful therapeutic relationship. 

  • What can I expect in my initial session? I will begin the session with a brief check in about the formal aspects of your intake paperwork (primarily limitations to client confidentiality and the cancellation policy). This will help to ensure you don't have any questions or concerns, prior to us getting started. After briefly going through a few primary parts of the intake paperwork, we will spend the majority of the session going over foundational information, like your therapeutic goals, family history, and social support system (including current or historical romantic relationships). 

  • Will therapy work? I believe therapy is a useful option for most people. I also recognize that not every therapist is a good fit for every client and therapy (on it's own) is not often enough to "feel better" about our emotional suffering/emotional discomfort. Therapy is one tool in a box of tools needed to emotionally care for oneself.

 

Fees and Insurance 

  • How much are sessions? My session fee is $125. Payment is expected at the time of service. 

  • Do you offer any reduced cost or sliding scale fees? I am not able to offer reduced cost or sliding scale options at this time. 

  • Do you accept Loveland Foundation Vouchers? Yes, I do. Please indicate that you will be using a Loveland Foundation Voucher at the time of our consultation

  • Do you accept insurance? No, I do not accept insurance. 

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The Client Experience

  • How should I dress or present for therapy?  Just come with clothes on your body. I am a therapist that mostly wears Jeans and Vans. So do, come comfortable. My office is usually around 71 degrees.

  • Is there a bathroom available? Yes I do have a bathroom available across the hall of my office. It is a single stall that is shared with a handful of other offices. These bathrooms are not gender neutral bathrooms and there are no family bathrooms available. Due to the fact that these are single stall bathrooms, there is a chance it may not be immediately available if you are in a state of urgency. 

Health Management 

  • Do I have to wear a mask? Yes, because COVID, the regular flu, and common colds are a thing and I don't know about you but I'm pretty apprehensive about the idea of being sick right now. If you would prefer to not wear a mask or if you have a condition that creates hardship when wearing masks, then we will not be able to meet in person and I'd be happy to accommodate you via telehealth. 

  • How do you clean your office space? I use a disinfecting spray daily on the couch. I wipe down surfaces and handles daily. Also, I clean the floor weekly. Hand sanitizer is available and clients are encouraged to wash their hands upon arrival. The building is maintained by the landlord, who has a weekly cleaning service. I do have lysol wipes that you can use in the bathroom, should you desire/need it. 

  • Can I keep my in-person appointment while sick or ill? No. If you arrive visibly ill or indicate that you are ill, I will end our session and offer you a rescheduled session via telehealth. For the sake of my health and others, I do ask that you respect this boundary and avoid trying to hide illness. 

 

Communication and Crisis Support

  • How do I get in touch with you between sessions? Phone calls, emails, messages through the Simple Practice client portal, and business-based text messages are encouraged. Please do not send me any messages with your personal history or any private information in it. Should you choose to text me, please only send text messages that are related to scheduling requests or needs. I will not respond to messages outside of business hours usually, so please practice patience if you reach out on the weekends or after traditional business hours. 

  • Are you available for crisis support in between sessions? No, I am not. We will discuss a potential safety and crisis plan during our initial sessions. This will help to create an idea of what might be some accessible and reasonable strategies to use in the case of a crisis between sessions. 

"It took many years of vomiting up all of the filth that I'd been taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here."- James Baldwin

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