Q: What will the sessions be like?
A: Usually the first session is a history gathering session in which you will share with your clinician what is bringing you to therapy as well as a general health assessment. You will get clear on realistic goals and a treatment plan recommendation. The following sessions are typically structured with a check-in regarding the previous week, “accomplishments” around positive steps towards change, areas of struggle and a bit of exploration around why, and lastly goals/intentions for the following week. Additionally, depending on your treatment goals assignments such as reading, writing or activities may be given in between appointments.
Q: How long does therapy usually last?
A: This will depend on a few different factors. After your assessment period, your clinician will be able to give you an idea of a treatment timeline. This will also include a recommendation of frequency of sessions. In the beginning it may be weekly, but then may decrease to one or two sessions per month. For clients who are new to recovery and have struggled with disordered eating for several years, recovery usually takes around 12 months for significant progress to be made. Those who just want a ‘tune up’ and expand their recovery work or improve their body image may need just 3-6 months.
Q: What if it becomes difficult for me to make weekly appointments?
A: We understand that personal and professional commitments can arise. We believe that therapy should be something you look forward to, not another stressful thing on your to do list. Your clinician will work with you to find the most convenient time to meet and also offer Zoom or phone sessions if meeting in person becomes difficult.
Q: Can you help me if I don’t have an eating disorder, but just have some eating issues I would like to address (or my problem has nothing to do with food)?
A: Yes! We enjoy working with men and women who are successful in many areas of their lives, but know that their habits or behaviors with food, exercise or other ways of coping with stress and anxiety are just not working for them. We also work with couples looking to deepen their relationships as well as adults wanting to make a career change.
Q: There are a lot of therapists out there, how do I know I will be matched with the right one?
A: It can be overwhelming to sort through all of the support that is available. A significant part of success in therapy has been found to be a result of a positive relationship with your therapist. Knowing how important this is, we are always happy to answer as many questions you have before meeting in person and provide referrals if it doesn’t feel like the right fit. Additionally, we ask our current clients for anonymous feedback on their experience. You can see the responses to the questionnaire here.
Q: Will insurance cover my therapy sessions?
A: We are not in network providers with any insurance company, yet many of our clients have been able to receive reimbursement depending on the benefits in their plan. Feel free to contact us if you have questions on how to determine your benefits.
Wondering why we do not accept insurance directly? Learn more here.
Q: How do I get started?