Frequently Asked Questions about the Counseling Process

Going to counseling, either for the first time or to reinitiate after a break, might feel overwhelming and anxiety-provoking — you are not alone. Here are some FAQs to give you a sense of what to expect in the first session and during the counseling process.

Therapy can help you learn new tools for coping in healthy ways and explore where in your life you might be stuck. It can also help you fulfill your needs, enrich your strengths, and connect with yourself and others in meaningful ways.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) are forms of licensure for behavioral health professionals. Choosing a Licensed Counselor ensures that your counselor is competent, ethical, and professional, and has fulfilled all of the requirements mandated by the State to practice.

“Feminist therapy is an integrative approach to psychotherapy that focuses on gender and the particular challenges and stressors that women face as a result of bias, stereotyping, oppression, discrimination, and other factors that threaten their mental health. The therapeutic relationship, based on an authentic connection and equality between the therapist and the client, helps empower clients to understand the social factors that contribute to their issues, discover and claim their unique identity, and build on personal strengths to better their own lives and those of others” (

Humanism is about recognizing the inherent good in people and helping an individual to self-actualize in a way that makes sense for them. Feminism recognizes that not everyone has an equal opportunity to self-actualize. Sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression make the playing field far from level. Feminism points out the historic inequality that has existed between those in the privileged and those in the marginalized groups. As a feminist therapist, I value the experiences of women as well as those who do not identify within the gender binary.

e-Therapy is also known as telemental health, e-counseling, online counseling, virtual counseling, distance counseling, or teletherapy. Just as in a traditional face-to-face in-person session, in e-therapy we will also meet in real time but via the internet utilizing a private client portal – a safe and secure HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform.

You will need to be physically located in Washington State and Connecticut State during the appointment. You will need a computer or phone with audio and video capabilities and access to internet connection. You should also have access to a confidential space during your sessions.

A therapy session lasts 55 minutes. The session can proceed in many different ways, but in general it will begin with a quick check-in of how you are feeling that day and any pertinent events that have been going on recently. I may then do a quick mindfulness body scan with my clients, inviting you to be present in your body and notice any tension, emotion, or blockage that might be showing up for you.

We then utilize the remainder of the session to process, to check in on goals we discussed the previous week, to discuss strategies for coping with any upcoming life events or challenges, to process past experiences that you would like to heal from, and/or set intentions for the next week. My main hope is to focus on what’s working for you and to empower and enrich that. The direction of the session comes from whatever you are needing at that time and how you can most effectively get those needs met.

Yes. Your sessions are never recorded. Your confidentiality is protected by Law and the only instances that I would need to break confidentiality is if I was concerned about your safety (i.e., you told me you had a plan to harm yourself or someone else) or if you reported child or elder abuse to me. This is something we will go over more thoroughly in the first session as I take confidentiality very seriously, want our time together to be built on trust, and want you to feel safe exploring anything you need to.

My fee is $150 per 55-minute individual session. Unless we make prior arrangements, payment is due at the time of service. If you have questions about this, please ask me.