"Are you a real therapist?"
Yes. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons University in Boston. I have been helping those struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression for about ten years. I work with older adolescent and adult populations. I love the work that I do and I am passionate about helping people live the life of their dreams.
"Can you be MY therapist?"
Unfortunately, I don't have the availability to work with any new clients right now. And legally, I can only provide therapy services to people living in the state of Vermont, the only state where I am currently licensed. My practice is located in Manchester, Vermont where I meet with people in person and I have the capacity to meet via telehealth for those that live in other parts of the state.
If you live in Vermont and you are interested in working with me in person or via telehealth in the future, we can see if it would be a good fit to add you to my waitlist. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"Ok, but what if I still need a therapist?"
I recommend checking in with your insurance company to see what providers work with your insurance. You can call the Customer Service number on the back of your insurance card. You can also go to psychologytoday.com to view profiles of therapists in your area. You can filter your search by insurance, specialties, etc.
"That sounds like a lot. I'm probably fine."
Reaching out for support can take courage. You don't have to struggle alone. Therapy is the best! Why not add another person to you your life that is rooting for you? You can learn to better understand and manage your emotions, become more aware of your thought patterns, and learn more effective coping skills to improve your life. It is hard work, and it is worthy work. You deserve it!
"I've tried therapy and it didn't work."
It might not have been a good fit. Therapists all have different personalities and therapeutic styles. Your previous experience may have been with a therapist that just wasn't right for you. You could email therapists to ask for a 15-20 minute consult call to get a feel for how they work. You can absolutely ask them questions and let them know what you are looking for.