Starting Therapy with Amy

Certified Sex Therapist

via AASECT

Certified Relationship Therapist

via Imago ​

Certified EMDR Therapist 

via EMDRIA

Sex Therapist Supervisor,

certifying therapists with AASECT

 

Consultant-in-Training,

certifying therapists in EMDR

FAQ'S

What exactly is sex therapy?
I am a state licensed clinician providing mental health services in accordance with regulatory guidelines. 
 
Basically, we talk.  But here, we talk about the stuff most people don't talk about.  Reading, daily exercises, and dialoguing with your partner are examples of common "homework" assignments.  In session, we will try thought experiments, develop insights and new understandings, identify barriers, etc. around your goals.


And what's EMDR?
Stands for "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing." I love EMDR when somebody gets stuck.  Like the, "I *know* I shouldn't feel/do/react this way-- it doesn't make any sense!-- but I still feel/do/react (something hard and uncomfortable and frustrating)." kind of stuck.

In a few sessions, EMDR can reorganize how the brain responds to triggering stimuli using dual attention stimulus cycles in the context of a specific protocol.  It sounds a little kooky but works nonetheless!



How long with this process take?
Good question.  Depends on what "success" means to you, depends on how long the issue has been around, depends on how complex the healing opportunity is... depends on alot of things. 
 
Some folks see therapy as guidance from point a to point b; some see therapy as coaching or mentorship, a way to seek guidance ongoingly and/or episodically when life lets you know it's time for a change.

I ask that clients agree to a 10 session minimum.  This gives us time to understand the issue, gain new skills to deal with it, practice this skill, figure out why it's hard to implement (of course it's hard! that's why you're in therapy!) and then move forward again with a greater understanding about the issue.


What does therapy cost?
I am an out-of-network provider.  I have so many reasons for this and my colleagues at https://www.pivotalcounseling.com/insurance have done a beautiful job articulating some of them.
 
My fee is $120 per hour (sessions are usually 60 or 90 minutes).

I can provide you with a detailed receipt for our session (referred to by the weird term, Superbill) which you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.  Please call your insurance provider for guidance.  Reimbursify is an app that can also help.