How many sessions will I need?
There is no definitive answer to this question. Some individuals find a few sessions sufficient while others like to work long term with someone they trust and will meet for a year or more.
As a client centered therapist I believe you need to take the lead in your healing.
Putting a lot of honesty and energy into your therapy means you will get a lot out of it.
We can collaborate to find goals and a course of therapy that feels right to you.
What should I expect from therapy?
Most people want to work on:
Changing a behavior
Learning new skills to enhance their relationships
Increasing coping and regulation skills when experiencing anxiety, depression or other big feelings
Help with decision making
Self knowledge, acceptance and development
Exploring the past to find freedom
Moving from self criticism and judgement to acceptance and self knowledge
You can expect our sessions to feel like a really good, in depth conversation. There might be tears, laughter or anger. I will provide a non judgmental space with support and empathy.
We can meet weekly or 2x a month.
If you choose to meet online we will meet on Doxy, a secure online therapy platform.
This is my personal waiting room: https://doxy.me/schildbach
Before our first session please set up your online account, it only takes a few minutes.
Why don't you bill insurance?
I do not accept insurance because I want you in charge of your mental health.
When insurance pays for your therapy your care must be deemed a "medical necessity" and
you must be diagnosed with a psychiatric illness. When you pay out of pocket I do not have to
diagnose you or share any personal information with your insurance company.
When you pay for your therapy you get to choose the length of treatment and number of sessions.
You can consult a therapist for self exploration, stressful life situations, life coaching as well as psychological symptoms.
I have chosen to have a business free of bureaucratic management and minimal
administrative tasks. This leaves me more time to focus on expanding my skills, reading the
most current studies and books pertaining to my field and getting proper rest and self care so I
can be fully present when listening to my clients.
What towns and states do you serve?
Since I only see clients online we can work together no matter where you live.
I am licensed in the state of Massachusetts as a Mental Health Counselor (license number 6755.)
If you do not reside in Massachusetts you will be meeting with me as a counselor or a life coach,
not as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor but our meetings will be exactly the same.
When I had a physical office I worked with clients from:
Amherst MA (students from UMass, Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and Hampshire College.)
All towns in Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Berkshire counties.
How can I prepare for my therapy session?
Take a moment before sessions to center yourself - connect with what is bothering you most at this point in time.
Take risks to be open and honest in therapy. Sometimes we hide our "bad parts" because we've been judged in the past. Therapy is the time to share your "bad parts" - all the parts you keep hidden - so you can have the most reward and peace. Sharing with me and not being judged is powerful stuff - you learn your dark parts are just parts of you!
Try asking yourself questions to "frame" your work in therapy. What do I want most in life? How do I want my life to change? Knowing where you are going will help you take small steps to get there.
Remember that therapy is just 1 hour of your week - the other 167 hours are when you make the changes that will lead to the life you want to live. Celebrate your effort!