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What is therapy?

Personal counseling is a chance to talk over issues that are important to you with an objective person who has professional training in helping people work through current situations and learn about dealing with similar situations in the future.Some of the problems that people discuss with counselors include relationship problems, academic/school related problems, depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues from the past that negatively affect the person's daily functioning.

Most people go to counseling because they want help with specific problems.Many have talked to friends and family about these problems but are unable to improve things adequately on their own. Counseling provides a safe place in which to talk about issues and generate some useful solutions.

Counseling can be both beneficial and risky. Many times through the process of therapy, patient may be worse before things get better. I believe that the counseling relationship is collaborative and requires an active role from the patient to make changes in their lives.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a catalyzing relationship that accelerates the process of great performances; it's about individuals' and/or organizations' identifying purpose and living out of that purpose.  When people are actively seeking meaning and solutions, they value partnership and support that assists them in accomplishing their goals and objectives.  Historically, that kind of support has come from sources such as friends, parents, therapists, consultants, and advisors.  Coaching has drawn ideas and techniques from many different kinds of support relationships and historical theories to create, formalize, and distill the best practices for masterful coaching.

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Why do people see a coach?

To make significant changes - a coach is uniquely trained to support people in making both fundamental and permanent change in all areas of life, business, career, relationships and quality of life.

To make better decisions - a coach can help you learn how to make the best decisions for you regardless of the circumstances and even in the most confusing situations.

To set better goals - coaches help each person discover what he or she REALLY wants, using the coacher’s own values, needs and vision as personal reference points.

To reach goals faster - a coach provides consistent structure of support and offers innovative strategies and approaches to help coaches reach their goals in record time.

To have a collaborative partner - when you have someone to toss ideas around with, someone who understands the creative process, someone who expands your thinking, you end up with synergy.

To improve relationships - a coaching relationship provides a partnership to explore your true self, your limits and capacities, without the concern of reactions from others.

To simplify lives - coaches help to simplify yet enrich their lives at the same time.

To reduce stress - a coach can help you identify and reduce personal stress levels, benefiting body, mind, and spirit.

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?

For the most part, therapy is helping people work through something that has happened to them in the past, while coaching is helping people work towards something in their future. 

Why do people see a therapist?

People see a therapist for a variety of issues ranging from past traumatic experiences to depression to stress management to anxiety and many other concerns. Through therapy many patients feel a decrease in distress which may lead to being able to better make changes in their lives. People also seek therapy in order to have someone who is neutral to talk to about problems in their lives.

Specialties?

I work with adolescents, college students, adults and women on a variety of concerns. I have extensive training and experience in anxiety, relationships, infertility, pregnancy loss and miscarriage and common discontent. Throughout my professional career, I have worked with very diverse patients and problems, which has provided me with the opportunity to help many patients move forward in their lives and make changes for the better.

How long does it take?

The length of the therapeutic relationship is different for each patient. Most patients find it most beneficial to see me on a weekly basis. Together, we will determine how often and for how long we will meet.

How do I get started?

Our first session will consist of an initial assessment that will discuss your history and goals for treatment. It is important to have a positive working connection with your therapist. I often recommend that we meet at least 2 to 3 times before you decide that I am not the right therapist or coach for you. If we come to the conclusion I am not the best person to help, I will provide you with referrals to someone I think would be better able to work with you.

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Payment?

Payment is required at the time of the session (cash, check, credit or debit card). I am not on insurance panels, however I will provide statements with the necessary information for you to seek reimbursement from your insurance company on your own behalf. This does require a diagnosis code be reported. At this time, I have chosen to not take part in insurance panels to the benefit of my patients' overall care.

Fees

I am out of network with insurance companies. This ensures a quality of care based on the needs of the individual rather than in accordance to their benefits. In an effort to simplify billing, payment for the therapy is due at the time of the appointment. I can accept cash, check, credit or debit card. I provide receipts for counseling sessions on a monthly basis upon request which allows most individuals with a PPO insurance plan some reimbursement should they choose to access their out of network benefits. However, individuals must be aware that should they choose to submit sessions to their insurance companies, I am required to provide the insurance company with a diagnosis code. My session fee is currently $200. Please contact me with any questions.

What if I need medication?

As a counselor, I am not able to prescribe medication. However, if we feel that medication would help in your recovery process, I will provide you with referrals to doctors that I recommend for psychiatric care.

New clients

Justine is only taking on select clients at this time as her schedule is limited with travel and Rising Ever Upward work. Please contact her for more information.