Where is your office?
My office is conveniently located at the following address:
1329 E Kemper Rd. Suite 4228 Cincinnati, OH 45246
How long are the sessions?
For individual or couple therapy, your first session will be 60 minutes long to allow you time to tell your story. After that, sessions are 50 minutes long.
Can I use insurance?
Yes. All clients are provided with receipts (also called a “super bill statement”) to file with their insurance companies for reimbursement. While I’m on one insurance panel, the vast majority of people that come to see me do not use insurance.
Insurance companies require a mental illness diagnosis, which becomes part of your medical record. Most clients do not meet criteria for a mental disorder, and they prefer to retain control of their personal information.
In addition, many insurance companies have limitations on the number of sessions allowed. Most clients prefer to choose the frequency of the support that fits their needs.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled session time to avoid being charged.
You may cancel your appointment by phone, text, or email.
If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, your credit card will be charged half of the normal session rate.
If you forget to cancel and don’t show, your credit card will be charged the full session rate.
How often will I have to come?
It depends on how stressed out you are by what’s going on in your life.
Some people need to come in every week for a while, and then they feel comfortable transitioning to every 2 weeks. We’ll figure out what works best for you.
How long will this take? Weeks, months, years?
My goal is to get you some immediate relief in the first session so we can work through the cause of your symptoms.
This usually takes between 6 and 12 sessions. As much as I’m going to like working with you, the idea is to get you out in the world, living the life you want.
What can I expect for the first session?
The first session is where you get to tell your story.
My goal is to get you some immediate relief so we can work through the cause of your symptoms, but we’ll go at your pace.
By the way, if the thought of the first session makes you a little nervous, that’s completely normal.
If I come to therapy, does that mean I’m crazy?
No. You’re probably having a normal reaction to an overload of stressors.
It’s very rarely just one thing that brings people to therapy. It’s a combination of things that has maxed out your threshold for dealing on your own. That’s normal.
The fact that you’re here, looking for help, is a very good sign.
What is your professional training and experience?
I have a master’s degree in Counseling and Education with a concentration in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Art Center College of Design. I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC).
Before going into private practice, I worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (StarShine Program) and The Children’s Home of Cincinnati.
Why should I pick you to work with?
Hopefully, you’ve taken a look around this site so you’ve already gotten a feel for my approach.
I already like you and find you fascinating.
I’m a bit irreverent, and I sometimes use humor to help people feel better.
I’ve tried talk therapy before and it didn’t work. Why should I try again?
If talk therapy isn’t working, I’ll come up with creative ways to explore what’s going on with you.
This might mean you make some art. It might mean I draw something to illustrate a point. Clients tell me bringing abstract concepts into visual metaphors helps them see what they’ve been missing.
I’m feeling like I might hurt myself. What should I do?
If you are in crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
You may also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the keyword “4hope” to 741741 to be connected to a Crisis Counselor.
In Hamilton County, help may be found by phoning one of the following services:
- Psychiatric Emergency Services: (513) 463-6339
- Suicide Hotline: (513) 281-CARE (2273)
- Mental Health Access Point: (513) 558-8888
In Clermont County, help may be found by phoning the Clermont County Crisis Hotline at (513) 528-SAVE (7283).
Do I have to lie on a couch?
Nope. I don’t even have one. I do have a loveseat that’s pretty comfy, though.
Do I have to BYOT (bring my own tissues)?
Only if you’re really picky about the brand of tissue you’ll use.
I’ve been tempted to have clients bring in a box of tissues at the start of therapy, as grade-school kids do at the beginning of the school year but, so far, I have managed to restrain myself.
I see you do art therapy. That’s just for kids, right?
Not really. Art therapy is about using art to get at things you don’t have words for, or for bringing to light things that you haven’t noticed before.
But if you don’t like to make art—no worries. I have lots of creative ways to help you work through whatever is holding you back from creating the life you want.