frequently asked questions

Information gathering.

Committing to making changes is hard.

So is getting started.

You can want to and it’s possible to still feel not. quite. ready.

So, it’s great that you’re curious!

You’ve started to think about what it would be like do the work to bring about a desired change. Good work!

You’re ready to learn a bit more. Read on.

Why am I thinking about going to therapy now?

What will I get out of it?

What do I have to put into it?

Is JoEllen a good fit for me?

. . . and more . . .

If you've never experienced therapy before — even if you have — you might be wondering . . .

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Psychotherapists have special training for looking at your concerns in different ways.

I am committed to helping you find new ways of doing things to help you bring about your desired changes.

I do not accept insurance as I prefer that our work not be restricted by insurance requirements and limitations. I may be considered an out-of-network (OON) provider with your insurance.

I am exclusively self pay. At your request, I can provide you with a superbill for you to file with your insurance company for possible reimbursement. See my Rates page for more details.

It’s great that you have a support system (and keep sharing with them!). But, sometimes you might worry about disappointing them. And, sometimes our support systems take sides.

I am an objective party whose goal is to help you meet your goals. And my expectations for you include that you will commit to learning more about yourself, which may include your making changes.

In addition, we work and share in a judgement-free and accepting space.

Talk therapy gives you a space to feel heard, gives you tools to enhance your well-being, and offers relief from patterns of negative or unhelpful thinking about and behaviors toward yourself or others.

The work you do outside our session will make the most difference in how you reach your goals for change.

You’ll be able to say you’re done when you’ve arrived at the changes you’ve wanted to see in your life and are experiencing life differently.

For example, some people define this as experiencing more calm, less anxiety or depression, having more balance, improving their relationship . . . your goals are up to you.

Online therapy (a.k.a. telehealth) is accessible, convenient, and effective.

In addition to convenience, it allows you to access therapy from the comfort of your own personal space — such as your work office, your vehicle, or your home. You secure privacy on your end, and I use a privacy (HIPAA)-secure video platform for us to connect.

And, yes(!), we can still form a connection and get stuff done even if we never meet in the same room.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. - Dalai Lama

Online therapy for MN residents for your convenience.

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