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How long is therapy going to take? How often do I need to come?

I hate to start with “it all depends,” but… it all depends. There are many factors that go into the length and frequency of therapy.  We will check-in often about the effectiveness of our time together and adjust so you spend the least amount of time in therapy as possible. So that could be 5 sessions or 72. Typically I see folks on a weekly or bi-weekly basis at first then as needed such as monthly or every 6 weeks.

Do you offer in-person and virtual sessions?

Virtual sessions are here to stay.  Yay!  We also love seeing you in person.  Through October, I have limited in-person sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Please note: During the winter months (October - March) I will be offering virtual sessions only.

Current location: 314 17th Ave N, Hopkins, MN 55343

How long are sessions?

Therapy sessions are 55 minutes in length. Couples may find it beneficial to plan some two hour therapy sessions, which we’ll plan in advance.

What do I do if we don’t click?

If you find that therapy isn’t clicking for you, it’s certainly okay to say so! Making sure that you get what you want out of each session is important to your growth, and I want to create a space where open dialogue is welcome. In fact, I will check with you on how you feel about your progress from time to time. Of course, you are welcome to shop around (Psychology Today is a great resource), or I can help you with referrals to other great therapists.

Can I contact you between sessions for help or in a crisis?

Yes and no. You can contact me between sessions for scheduling changes or if you need an emergency session. I will try to respond to any message within 24 hours. You should plan on working on your personal issues and goals within our time together in session. For emergency and life-threatening situations, please call 911 or the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741.

Can I come with a list of specific things I would like to talk about?

Abso-fucking-lutely. It makes my day when someone pulls out their phone with a list!

I will ask you at each session what your intentions for the session are.  It really ehlps the process to come with something to explore and work with.

What should I expect during my first session? How about subsequent sessions? 

During our first meeting, you will begin telling your story and discuss what you'd like to get out of therapy. From the first meeting, I'll listen and begin to organize the information you provide into hunches I share with you about what might be causing your distress or difficulty in life at the moment.

Next, you and I will work to help you build awareness around the thoughts, feelings, belief systems, and behavior patterns that are getting in the way of feeling satisfied in life and relationships. We do this by exploring family of origin and childhood history, previous relationships of all types, uncovering limiting beliefs systems, and working to change underlying coping habits and strategies we developed to keep ourselves protected and essentially cut off from ourselves.

Additionally, we work with immediate stressors and life challenges as they arise.  Working to help you build awareness around triggers and create effective coping habits rooted in self love and acceptance.

How do I get on the waiting list for a reduced fee spot?

I offer two levels of reduced session fees with limited spots for each. $50 or $65 per session

There are no reduced spots available at this time.  Please remember that I always offer my rates on a donation basis.  You pay what you can afford between $85 - $140 no questions asked.  

Will I/we have homework?

The answer is yes, but not the traditional homework you might think of. You will always leave with some specific action steps such as:

  • To think more about a specific topic
  • Pay more attention to a feeling
  • Have conversations with your loved ones about particular things
  • Practice specific self-care techniques
  • Many other possibilities
  • The hour that we spend together is important, but the work you do outside of my office is where you get the real bang for your therapy buck.


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