Frequently Asked Questions
General to both therapy and coaching
What is the difference between a therapist and a coach?
Great question! Because I am both a therapist and a coach, it is especially important to be clear on this. All of my training, experience and resources, of course, remain the same and go with me in whichever role I am filling. But...the difference comes in the type of relationship we have. Although there is definitely some overlap (coaching frequently happens in therapy and people often experience "healing" during coaching), the focus of attention is different. In coaching, we are working together to move you forward. In therapy, we are working together to bring you out of the past and into the present. Coaching is a bit more pro-actively encouraging of progress while therapy is',.]\; generally less directive overall. For more information on how I see this distinction, please reference my website page, called Coaching or Therapy?
Do you offer reduced fee pricing or sliding scale services?
At the moment, I serve low fee clients through Open Path Collective. If you visit the website and search for me, you can see if I am currently available for low fee clients. If not, there are many other wonderful clinicians represented through Open Path that may be available at a price that works for you.
What about Insurance?
Potential insurance benefits apply only to therapy services. When requested, we are happy to provide you with a Superbill that you can submit to your insurance company for possible out of network reimbursement. If interested in this option, please contact your insurance representative to ask what your "out of network" benefits might be.
Location and Parking?
Snapdragon is at 19 E. First Street, suite D in downtown Hinsdale. There is limited metered parking on First Street and also a new free parking garage, accessible from Garfield St., just south of First Street. Definitely plan in a little extra time for finding a parking spot. If you're early, you can explore our pleasant downtown for awhile or feel free to enjoy a few quiet moments in our cozy waiting room.
What can I expect at my first session/call?
First conversations are all about me getting to know you a little bit, hearing what you are wanting to change in your life and how I might help. I'll answer any questions you might have about the process of therapy or coaching and together we'll consider whether we might be a good fit for working together. Success is largely dependent on the strength of our working relationship and a foundation of trust. If, for whatever reason, it becomes evident that we are not the best fit, I would be happy to provide you with referrals to other excellent professionals in the Chicagoland area.
Do you offer telehealth sessions?
Yes! This is something that I work out with each individual client, depending on needs, preferences, location and other factors. There are pros and cons to both and each has it's place.
What is your pricing?
Most of my services are offered as packages rather than a per hour rate which means you know up front how much you will pay altogether and how long the process will take. Many clients like this clarity but for some it may feel like too much of a financial commitment all at once. For all of my packaged services, I have a payment plan option, to help those for whom cash flow is an issue. I work in this way because of my philosophy about growth and healing and what I believe truly yields change.