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  • How frequently do we meet?
    Client choose if they'd like to meet once or twice a month for a 60 minute virtual session via Zoom. 90 minute sessions are available upon request.
  • How long can I expect to be in therapy?
    My ultimate goal is for you to say, "Thanks for the help Jackie, and I'm confident I can do this on my own now." How long that takes depends on what brings you to therapy. Sometimes people just have a few questions and want to talk to an autistic therapist who gets it and lives it. These folx usually just need 1-3 sessions. Sometimes people want to explore if they are autistic. This can take 3-5 sessions. Sometimes people want to uncover their autistic characteristics and discusss strategies for how to thrive as an autistic adult. This can take 3-6 sessions. Some clients choose to stay in therapy longer because they want to address additional concerns, such as healing past trauma related to unidentified autism, learning how to build a supportive network of friends, addressing family conflict around their autistic identity, etc. Therapy ends when you feel you've reached your goals (or when I gently nudge you that you are ready).
  • Where do you provide therapy?
    I provide therapy through Zoom. I can work with clients from any U.S. state and all over the world through my registration as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapy (REAT).
  • How do I know you're the right therapist for me?
    I wrote a guide for just this question, How to Choose Your Therapist, as well as a letter Dearest Human Looking for a Therapist In short, I suggest you look over my values, my specialties, and my blog. See if the things I'm saying resonate with you and what you hope to gain from therapy. You can also watch videos of me, to know if my personality jives with you. Then, schedule a first meeting. If we're a good fit, we'll continue working together in the future.
  • Do you offer a free consultation?
    Due to my limited availability, I do not offer free consultations. Instead, our first meeting is a full 60 minutes to experience what therapy is like with. me. You can then choose to continue working together or not.
  • What is the cost of therapy?
    ​ 60 Minute Session: $375 (includes art and writing assignments for one month)
  • How can I pay?
    All fees are private pay via credit card, cash, or HSA card. When you complete the intake paperwork in my HIPPA compliant client portal, your card of choice will be stored. Your card will be automatically charged following your appointment. I do not accept insurance (you can read about why here).
  • Do you offer a sliding scale?
    I do not offer a sliding scale. I choose to make my work more accessible through my groups, my books, and free resources, such as my art activities and essays. If you need immediate access to a sliding scale, you can contact OpenPath, which offers low cost therapy sessions.
  • Why is your fee what it is?
    I design my practice so that I can provide the highest quality of therapy possible, while also meeting my needs. I'm not like most therapists. As an autistic individual, I have limited energetic capacities. I also have high standards for how I want to show up as a therapist and treat my clients. To honor my needs and standards, I only see a limited number of clients. My limited caseload allows me to: Prepare for each client​ session through grounding, prepping art materials, and reviewing notes Reflect deeply after each session and make detailed plans for future sessions Process my observations, thoughts and emotions of each session through my own personal art and journaling Write detailed, accurate case notes Research and study topics related to each client Offer emergency or additional sessions to clients when needed Seek weekly consultation and supervision for every client Invest time and resources in my own therapy (I believe it makes me a better therapist) Deepen my psychological knowledge and therapeutic effectiveness through educational courses and books Ensure that I show up for each client prepared, rested, and ready to offer a transformative experience Provide therapy that is tailored to each individual I charge a fee that allows me to maintain my small caseload and still meet my financial obligations. I want to live a balanced, nourishing, and joyful life. You can read more about that here.
  • Do you only work with women?
    I work with adults of all genders, however they choose to currently identify.
  • Do I have to have a diagnosis to go to therapy?
    Short answer, heck no. Long answer: We all need assistance at different points in our lives. Art therapy can assist you wherever you're at in your journey. I do not believe you need a "mental health issue" or "diagnosis" to justify therapy (I write about this in my article To Diagnose or Not.) Therapy is an investment in you and your desire for change. I feel all individuals can benefit from therapy. I've gone to therapy at various points in my life for various reasons (I also advocate strongly that therapists need their own therapists).
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