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    I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

    How long will it take?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.

    Where are you located?

    Nest Counseling Center is located in dowtown Frederick, Maryland at 237 West Patrick Street. Virtual sessions are also available.

    How does online therapy work?

    Online therapy is basically the same as regular therapy, except it happens online instead of in an office.

    You will meet your therapist through video conferencing from the comfort of your home and receive support and guidance in real-time.

    Do you offer in-person sessions?

    I offer and encourage in-person sessions. Nest Counseling Center is following CDC guidance on the precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The recommendations are constantly evolving and you will receive the most up-to-date information when you book your consultation or appointment.

    What are your fees?

    Nest Counseling Center is currently a fee for service practice, which means we do not accept insurance. We do provide super bills for you to submit to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement.

    We encourage you to contact your insurance company and ask them about your out-of-network benefits for mental health therapy, and if you have a deductible that must be met before you can access those benefits.

    Our current fees: $165 for individual therapy (50 minute session), $175 for couples therapy (50 minute session)

    I do offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions through Open Path Collective.

    What can I expect during my first appointment?

    During your first appointment we will review the informed consent that you will complete prior to meeting in more detail to insure that you have a clear understanding of our policies and responsibilities to you as a client.

    We will also explore the reasons why you are seeking therapy, and some background information so that I can better understand your experience.

    While this sounds very formal, don’t worry, it will feel more like a conversation and you won’t be asked to share anything that you are not comfortable talking about.