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FAQ

Where is your office?
My office is in Barrington, Illinois. Once we schedule the appointment, I will provide the exact address.
Where do I park?
Parking is available in the driveway or on the street.
What are your office hours?
My office hours are weekdays until about 8 p.m. and Saturday mornings.
How long are your sessions?
A typical session is 50 minutes.
What do I do to get started?
The first step is to make an appointment and just show up.
Do you take insurance?
I do accept most insurance including Medicare.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you fail to cancel 24 hours in advance of your session, I charge the full session fee.

For emergencies, we look at a cancellation on a case-by-case basis.

How do I contact you?
You can contact me via phone, text, or email. Please see the bottom of this page.

The free initial phone consult is for you to ask me questions and to get a general idea if I can help you.

What is it like in your office?
It is homey, welcoming, and safe.
Who are the clients with whom you work?
I generally work with individual men and women, as well as couples from 18 years of age and up.
Are you LGBTQIA friendly?
I am LGBTQIA friendly and have experience working with people in transition.
Are your clients diverse?
I work with many diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions. I am open to answering questions to help you feel comfortable.
What are your sessions like?
My first sessions are about you obtaining some immediate relief to what you have brought into therapy.
What is it like to work with you?
Most people will tell you I am easy to work with, and we can discuss anything.

I don’t judge because I know most people judge themselves enough.

Coming to therapy is a big step, and I am honored that you want to work with me.

I am honest, and if I believe we are not a fit, I will tell you.

How long does therapy take?
Seeking therapy is a very individual decision. Most people come into therapy because of a crisis in their life. It will be up to you when you want to stop.

I have an open-door policy, meaning you are welcome to come back as needed.

I have a client who comes for yearly “check-ups.”

Can I cry in therapy?
Crying is optional, but most people need to cry at some point. Don’t worry – I have stock in Kleenex.
Do I have to share everything?
It will help to be as honest as you can, but it will be up to you to share what you want.
How do I know if I need therapy?
Everyone benefits from therapy; and in my work, everyone could use therapy even if they don’t know it yet.
What is your primary goal?
I want to be your guide and you seek healing from whatever is bothering you.
Do you work with groups?
Yes, I work with groups for anxiety and women seeking emotional healing.
Do I have homework?
I may ask you to keep a journal and listing your heart’s desires, rather than your inner critic. Everything that we do will be with love and kindness.
How do I know that you are right for me?
Most of the time you will know when we meet. Therapy is a highly personal and highly important time, and you need to be with the right therapist.
Is there fighting in couple’s therapy?
Yes, couples often fight in front of me. It is a natural response to the difficulties in their relationship. We work on making fighting fair and constructive.

I do not take sides of individuals in a couples setting. I take the side of the relationship.

How long have you been practicing?
I have been practicing since 1989.
What is it like to work with you?
I consider myself to be honest, real, approachable, and interactive.
What do you enjoy most about being a therapist?
I enjoy walking through the healing process with clients. This may sound corny, but it is my passion.
Have you ever been in therapy?
Yes, I have been in therapy myself. Honestly, if you meet a therapist who hasn’t done their own work, run for the hills.
What are your credentials?
I have a B.A in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. I also have a certificate from The Family Institute of Chicago.
Do you take notes?
No, I am focused on listening and find note-taking in session distracting.
How comfortable are you with my asking you questions?
Yes, I am quite comfortable. If you want, you can ask, but it is not required. Ha Ha!
Do you have any pets?
Right now, I have dogs, but for most of my life I had cats.