Frequently Asked Questions
Feeling comfortable with your therapist is an absolute must if you want to work on healing personal issues or dive deep into your inner journey of self-discovery. If you would like to see if we would be a good match, contact me to schedule a brief phone interview. Typically a quick call is enough time to see if meeting for a full session is a good idea. I find that having a full 60 or 90-minute session is the best way to see what our working together could accomplish. During that time we discuss issues you are facing and dive right in.
How long we work together really depends on how much support you want and/or need, as well as the level of commitment you are willing to make for your personal transformation. Usually people work with me for about 4 -7 months, though many continue sessions with me for a year or much longer. Some clients schedule regular sessions for a few months during tough times and then come in on an as-needed basis in the following months or years.
I recommend seeing each other weekly for the first three weeks. This is the best way to form a solid foundation for our goals and work together and then shift to biweekly sessions. If you are going through a tough transition we can continue to work together weekly until things calm down. Occasionally someone is experiencing an acute crisis and needs more consistent sessions per week. Usually after a few months, one session every three weeks or even once a month is sufficient. By this time, people have learned how to self-soothe, feel more self-mastery, have better insight and want time to actually put the techniques we learned into real practice. Psychotherapy can be like riding a bike; you start with training wheels and someone holding your handlebar, then before you know it, you’ve got balance and can cruise wherever on your own.
No, I no longer offer free initial sessions. I find that the best way to really see if we are a good fit is to dive right into a full first session. I occasionally offer 15-minute “meet and greets” for those “feelers” who need to sit in someone’s presence to truly know if they want to move forward. If this is you, email me a bit about yourself and we can set something up.
I do not; however, as I am a licensed Psychotherapist as well as a Certified Addictions Counselor level III with the state of Colorado, some insurance companies will cover my services as an out-of-network provider. This means that you pay upfront for the session and I can give you a receipt of payment for you to submit to your insurance provider.
The best way to know if your insurance company will provide this service is to call them and ask what they cover for out-of-network mental health. Keep in mind that if you use your insurance they will require a diagnosis and certain procedure codes. I have these available and will discuss them with you before I submit anything so that you are fully informed. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have also covered my services.
I accept a variety of payments, but cash or check are preferred. We can set your preferred method payment when we begin working together. Alternative payment methods:
- Venmo: @Cheryl-Breault
- PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
- HSA (most will cover the session cost)
Sessions are 90-minutes for $260 or 60-minutes for $175.
I find that the 90-minute sessions are the best way to do deep transformative work. However, for financial reasons or time constraints, some people may decide that an hour is all they can commit to. If this is the case we will rock that hour and make it work!!!