How long until I start seeing the changes I want?
You will start to feel changes after our initial consultation! You can expect to start seeing changes within our first month of working together. My techniques and approach to self growth will have you feeling even more secure in these changes in as little as 2-4 months. Most people choose to work longer with me, however, this is always an open conversation between us. Actual time varies person to person. Therapy only works if you are willing to do the work involved. With guidance and support from me, we will immediately dive into our work together and identify successes and barriers you have already encountered in your life. I practice from a strengths-based perspective meaning you are your greatest strength and you already posses several meaningful coping skills that have aided you through previously difficult situations.
Why should I start this journey?
Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, uninspired, a lack of energy? Could you be struggling with adrenal fatigue and living in survival mode? Having a problem concentrating or making decisions ? Maybe you’re feeling more fearful, sad, worried, frustrated or numb. Some people start this journey because the fear becomes too consuming and the joy and pleasure that can be found in our every day lives feels less and less noticeable.
The time for you to start this journey is now if you have an interest in making change, an internal pull to better yourself and your life. I have also experienced that. It can be very strong. If you are wanting to heal and expand personally, professionally- in any aspect of your life, this journey is right for you. You also may be experiencing physical symptoms from stress (i.e. difficulty sleeping, eating/appetite, headaches, body pains, stomach problems, skin rashes) or an increase in substance use.
I will provide a warm, nonjudgmental and safe space for you to find a way to move from any pain or discomfort you are experiencing to the life you want to be living.
Together, we will dive into a journey of well-being and happiness. It will be unique to you.
This is your time.
Contact me today to find out more.
If I start this journey does it mean something's wrong with me?
Being human means we are constantly being subjected to the human experience- this includes change, discomfort, pain, hurt, loss, etc. It also includes the "good stuff," which can be just as difficult to navigate. People suffer to varying degrees. Tolerance and coping ability is very personal and unique to the individual, couple.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS. Check out some of my story here.
What is the difference between therapy and coaching?
The bottom line comes down to both being processes, thought-provoking and about living your best life, in your best self personally and/or professionally. Coaching generally includes the use of tools, exercises and learning specific skill sets to help you achieve your desired goals. Therapy is typically concerned with goals and treatment that are about lessening the degree someone experiences varying degrees of mental distress. Therapy usually works with processing and navigating emotions, thoughts and situations, healing hurt, trauma, relationship struggles, etc. Keep in mind therapy is short for psychotherapy, which takes into consideration someone’s bio-psycho-social situation. For example, not all people qualify for a mental health diagnosis such as depression or anxiety, but almost everyone will experience some degree of a depressed episode, anxious feelings, or an overwhelmed, stressed state of being. Coaching is geared towards the present and future whereas therapy is geared more towards the past, present, and future.
I welcome all questions and inquiry to help you better choose which services may work best for you. I would like to mention therapy is limited to Connecticut state residents and coaching can span the state, country and all over the world. Also, those who embark on a therapeutic journey will also receive coaching services included as my training and expertise lends itself to a more collaborative, unique process than typical psychoanalytic therapies.
Where is your office located?
Alexandra is serving all of Connecticut through Telehealth. Video & Voice calls are available
Physical office for in-person:
10 Bay St
Westport, CT 06880
Telehealth, what can I expect?
Virtual work can be very productive and rewarding. I encourage people to start preparing for our virtual appointment 5 minutes before our pre-determined start time. Preparing for virtual appointments can help increase comfort, privacy, and over all sense of calm. I can understand it may be difficult to find a quiet, private place to take our appointment. If you have any doubts about using Telehealth for your journey we can set up a free and confidential consultation over video to help ease any hesitations. We will continue to have an open conversation regarding how you feel these platforms are supporting you throughout our work together. Phone sessions and/or video conferencing are available. Inquire today to learn more about “Walking Together” sessions done over the phone.
*Walking sessions in-person may be available, please contact me today to learn more
I feel weird about talking to a stranger!
I agree! This can be daunting, however, we will first have a free and confidential phone consultation to gather information and to answer any questions you may have. Getting to know each other and building a therapeutic relationship, let alone any relationship, takes time. This is all part of healthy boundaries in new beginnings.
Thank you for considering letting me into your life!
What will our first session look like?
The first session is a foundational building block for our work and relationship to come.
It may even be the first time you experience a sense of relief.
Transformation begins here.
While gathering information through questions and natural conversation, we will start looking at the different "puzzle pieces" that have made who you are as well as identify our starting point to get you to achieving your desired goals as soon as possible!
Feeling stuck or unsure? Not to worry- we will also use this time to map out small, achievable steps in getting you to where you want to be
PERSONALLY AND/OR PROFESSIONALLY.
This is also a time for you to ask me questions about my practice, my interests and my life. I am an open book provider who shares my own journey as a way to help you navigate yours. Questions are always welcome as long as they are appropriate.
How much do your services cost?
Telehealth, 50 minute session$150-$200
In-person, 50 minute session $150-$200
In-person, 90 minute couple session $250
Please contact me today to inquire further about cost as options may be available. I offer a sliding fee scale to help make services more affordable.
New clients will receive a Good Faith Estimate to help better plan and accommodate for the costs of our work together.
What about insurance?
I am considered an “Out-Of-Network Provider.” Insurance companies have been dictating people’s care for long enough. Being the provider I am, having dedicated myself to a consistently higher quality level of care, I pride myself on being able to provide you, my client, with as many options as I can. While I may not work with insurance companies directly, we can discuss possible out-of-network reimbursement between you and your
insurance company to help make counseling more affordable!
Most insurance plans have Out-Of-Network Mental Health Benefits
*Please note insurance does not acknowledge wellness consulting/motivational work as service.
Why should I work with an "out-of-network" therapist?
There are many benefits to consider! The most substantial benefit is the privacy this allows you. Insurance companies often know too much about our lives that can actually be used against you in determining "necessary" services that will be covered. Seeing someone "out-of-network" can also give you more freedom to choose who you want to work with and to find a provider you really connect with. "In-network" does not usually allow for this. You may want to look into your deductible as well. Many people have a high, upfront deductible that would lead to spending the same amount or around the same amount that you would with a provider who accepts your insurance. You also may have an insurance plan that reimburses up to 80% of your services. Sometimes this means you will spend less than your co-payments are costing you all while having the freedom to work with whomever you want! Another benefit to consider is how working with an out-of-network provider will allow you to personalize your services, length of treatment, and more.
I welcome any questions and/or concerns to help you make the best choice for you and your life!
What happens if you go out of town?
If I do happen to leave town I will do my best to notify you in advance. Circumstances do occur and, if needed, sessions over the phone or HIPPA compliant video are available to you. In case of emergency, please call the police or 911. We will also discuss a plan should symptoms worsen and I am not reachable.
If you or someone you know is thinking about, talking, posting on social media or texting about suicide, get help right away. Both the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 ) and Connecticut’s United Way for Connecticut Residents (2-1-1) are available 24/7.
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How important is therapist/consultant selection?
Coming to therapy and engaging can have anyone feeling vulnerable. Just as we are all unique individuals, your therapist is also an individual with unique experiences. Making sure the relationship is a good fit is extremely important to the process. I will do my best by the end of our first phone call to see if we will be a good fit. You will also have time available for asking me any additional questions. I encourage you to come to our consultation with any questions or concerns you may have as well as what you may be looking to accomplish in working together.