Frequently Asked Questions
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How long does therapy last?
Therapy is an individualized process, based on the unique needs and experiences of each person. Often times most people experience that they begin to feel worse before they begin to feel better. This is usually because they are able to see their pain clearly for the first time. Only then can we truly understand the scope of what they're wanting to work on. Adrienne believes that the client sets the pace for therapy and core issues should only be worked on when the time is right.
It is most common that new patients will meet weekly for therapy the first month, and depending on the severity of symptoms, may be able to move to biweekly sessions afterwards. Due to the intensity of Adrienne's clinical model of practice, it is the conservative goal to step individuals down to biweekly sessions within three months, and monthly within six months of treatment. Because Adrienne customizes her clinical interventions to meet the unique needs of each client, everyone’s process will look different. Her vision is for her practice to become a primary emotional healthcare office where individuals can come in for a “tune up” visit when they feel an emotional upset coming on, the way one might visit their primary care physician when they feel symptoms of the flu.
What diagnoses do you treat?
Adrienne believes that underlying most diagnoses is a pathogenic memory network that needs to be stored appropriately in the brain. Common diagnoses that are rooted in a pathogenic memory network, or some might call this trauma, are depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, alcoholism, drug addiction, phobias, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and many others. Symptoms may include feeling anxious, being compelled to make everything perfect, a string of unhealthy relationships, being unmotivated, difficulty making a decision, always being the victim, constant worrying, crying spells for "no reason", emotional reactivity, feeling like a failure, having a negative attitude despite good things in your life, self sabotage, and even self-harm. Get in touch with Adrienne to see if she would be a good fit for you.
What if I don't know why I feel the way I feel?
With Somatic Experiencing, Adrienne works directly with the nervous system without needing to create a narrative. Physical sensation is all you need to restore balance! Furthermore, Adrienne is trained in the Implicit Memory Protocol and Early Childhood Trauma Protocol of EMDR that works on the brain’s natural inclination towards imagery to heal implicit trauma stored within the amygdala. With this approach, she can treat trauma that took place preverbally. This approach is also useful even for individuals who do have language that provides context for their trauma.
Adrienne does not accept insurance for a variety of reasons, one being that they do not cover intensive individual therapy sessions. Additionally, it is Adrienne's belief that insurance companies often over-regulate and lack innate trust in mental health professionals. Adrienne feels strongly in the services she provides. It is her goal to lead the community into a structure of services that are clinically driven and not financially or insurance driven. To move us in this direction, she has structured her fee schedule to ensure that vital clinical services are affordable to all those in need, taking into consideration that her model for treatment is that clients will need services for a shorter period of time and will get their lives back sooner with intensive experiential sessions. Adrienne provides a scaled fee structure that increases depending on household income bracket. Within the bracket that you identify, you determine what you can afford to pay.
Based on Adrienne's own interpersonal growth and utilization of the clinical interventions that she practices with clients, and the honor that she's had to work with hundreds of others, she deeply believes in the clinical work that she does. Her time spent in the office with clients is only a small part of her dedication to client care. In addition to daily tasks, Adrienne engages in ongoing trainings, supervision, consultations, and research that allows her to provide clients with the most sound, evidence-based service.