Frequently Asked Questions
How Often do We meet?
We will meet weekly for 80 minute sessions. I require weekly sessions because I know the frequency and consistency needed for clients to experience lasting change and break patterns/beliefs that have been present since childhood.
Most clients are in therapy for six months, but the duration of therapy is tailored to each individual client. Therapy ends when you feel you've reached your goals (or when I gently nudge you that you're ready).
Do you only work with women?
Do I have to have a mental health disorder to go to Therapy?
I work primarily with individuals who identify as women or were raised/socialized as girls. This includes trans women, trans men, and non-binary folx. I specialize in this population because much of the therapeutic work I do focuses on dismantling the harmful impacts of patriarchy and the socialization of girls/women. I also work with men when they feel I would be a good fit for their needs.
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).
Whether you're navigating a crisis (death, relationship change, medical diagnosis, etc.), coping with life stress (financial pressure, relationship strain, academic pressure, etc.), experiencing debilitating symptoms (overwhelming emotions and thoughts, excessive worry, etc.) , exploring new identities (religious deconstruction, neurodivergence, etc.), or a life with more meaning, art therapy can help.
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 can also provide a superbill that you submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement (as a policy, I do not communicate directly with insurance companies).
What are the advantages
of Private Pay?
To have therapy services covered under insurance, you must have a mental health diagnosis. A mental health diagnosis can be limiting and places the focus on something being "wrong" with the individual. It can discount the role of life circumstances, poverty, systemic oppression, and more that create stress in a person's life. Furthermore, a person may not be seeking treatment for a mental health disorder - they may be hoping for more balance, life purpose, or other positive changes.
Some individuals also prefer to have their permanent health record void of their mental health diagnosis, and prevent insurance companies and other legal entities from having legal access to their diagnosis, treatment plan and case notes containing a great deal of personal information.
As a private paying client, some additional advantages include
No contact needed with a third-party payer (i.e. insurance company)
Ability to choose your therapist based on the needs and values you desire
Freedom to determine number of therapy sessions (many insurance companies cap the number of sessions you're allowed)
If you're curious to know more, you can read my essay "The Many Reasons I Don't Take Insurance"
What is your fee?
Mini-Session (20 min phone consult): Free
Intake: $300 for 80 min
Weekly Session: $300 for 80 min
Additional Time: $100/25 min
Do You offer a Sliding Scale?
I do not offer a sliding scale. I set my fee at a rate that allows me to work exclusively with a small number of clients. I do this to honor my own emotional and mental needs.
If you need financial assistance, you can contact OpenPath, which offers low cost therapy sessions.
If you are BIPOC, you can also apply for a therapy scholarship through the Tucson Therapy Fund.