It can be very nerve-wracking to finally make the decision to contact a therapist about your difficulties. You may be experiencing feelings of guilt, embarrassment, and shame about your difficulties and concerns. These are all normal ways that you may be feeling. The first thing you can expect in working with me is to talk with someone who has particular expertise in your area of concern, and most importantly is non-judgmental and non-shaming. You can expect to speak with someone who is familiar with your situation, even if you may believe that your difficulties are completely unique in the world, or so disturbing that no one could possibly understand you. The benefit of working with someone who specializes in sex therapy is that I have expertise with the entire continuum of sexual difficulties. So, you can expect to be understood and not judged for anything you may have thought or done.
I have advanced training in working specifically with sexuality issues. That means that my approach will be designed to focus specifically on working through your sexual concerns, as well as incorporating other mental health issues that may be surrounding and affecting your sexuality, such as anxiety or depression.
In the initial stages of treatment, you can expect to be provided with a safe, confidential environment where you can feel free to discuss your difficulties. I am welcoming and engaging and will work to help you find a level of comfort that facilitates the work necessary to make the changes you desire. In your first session, you can expect to be greeted warmly and to be provided with a safe, confidential environment where you can feel free to discuss your difficulties. During the initial stages of treatment, I will get an idea of the presenting issue(s), as well as make a preliminary plan for how treatment should proceed. In subsequent sessions, we will continue to develop the working relationship, exploring problematic areas that may have caused your difficulties, as well as working through stuck areas in the present that continue to create challenges.
As treatment continues to progress, you will begin to see subtle, but specific changes. Since the root of your difficulties may have been created a long time ago, therapy is not a sudden cure, it is a gradual process that does take time in order to work through problems that have taken a long time to form. As you begin to feel confident and overcome specific challenges, you may then want to explore other areas of improvement that have come to your attention through the therapeutic process. In all cases, you can expect to be treated with the utmost of confidentiality and respect as you work with a highly-trained, specialized clinician who is dedicated to the resolution of your particular issue(s).
I offer a limited number of sliding scale spots to enable individuals from all types of personal situations to benefit from therapy. At this time, I do not accept any insurance reimbursement. Unfortunately, most insurances do not cover treatment for many types of sexual difficulties, and working through the managed care system additionally may compromise your confidentiality and privacy. I can however provide you with all the necessary forms should you personally wish to be reimbursed through your out-of-network coverage.
The cost of treatment is highly variable and depends on the nature and extent of your difficulties. However, research has proven that psychotherapeutic intervention is highly effective and does work. Working with a clinician who specializes in sexual disorders makes psychotherapy even more effective in addressing these specific concerns. Overall, you may find that it is a very worthwhile investment to overcome the challenges that are negatively affecting major aspects of your life such as your sexuality and your relationships.
Please contact me directly to make an initial appointment to discuss your case.