Feel free to contact me if your question is not answered here.
How are you addressing Covid-19?
I am seeing fully-vaccinated clients in person, and I am also fully vaccinated. We will both be wearing masks at all times during the session. I run a high-quality HEPA air filter. I am also offering online sessions.
Why only vaccinated clients?
My space does not have good outside air flow, which is the best way to prevent transmission of Covid-19. With fully vaccinated clients, the risk is very small that someone might catch Covid-19 from a session. I sympathize with people’s frustration that the vaccine rollout has not been as smooth and equitable as we wish.
How much do you charge?
The cost for an hour session is $110, by cash, check, or card at time of service. The Fees and Policies page has information on discounts and other session lengths.
Do you expect a tip?
Nope! I actively discourage tips. You probably don’t tip your therapist, chiropractor, or yoga teacher, and you don’t need to tip me, either.
Do you take health insurance?
No, I don’t. I can prepare receipts for you to be reimbursed if you have an out of network massage benefit and/or a doctor’s referral. Payment is due at time of service.
Do you take auto insurance after a car crash?
No, I don’t. See above.
Are you a therapist? Can I see you for therapy?
I am not a psychotherapist and do not offer psychotherapy. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and offer bodywork and online sessions to help you be more present in your body and help your nervous system be more calm. Some clients see a therapist as well as working with me.
What are your hours?
I offer appointments Mondays 1pm-7:30pm, Wednesdays 9am-7:30pm, Thursdays noon-7:30pm, Fridays 9am-5:30pm, and one Saturday a month, usually the second Saturday. I can schedule free 15 minute phone consultations on other days. I try to respond to email and phone calls within 24 hours, usually sooner, sometimes later.
What is your cancellation policy?
Changes and cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are charged half the session fee. No shows are charged the full session fee. Exceptions made for inclement weather, Covid-19 symptoms or exposure, and some emergencies. Please do give me as much notice as possible as a courtesy for my schedule and others who might want that slot.
Where is your online calendar?
I keep my calendar on paper to protect the privacy of my clients and myself. Also, it is important to talk about my policies and what to expect with new clients before scheduling. Feel free to contact me to schedule a session.
What is an online session like?
Online sessions are different for each person. I might help you contain big emotions. You might want to talk through recent events. We might explore an old trauma incident and reframe it so that it troubles you less. You might pay attention to your body and let your nervous system settle. You might bring attention to something inside that is fuzzy and unclear and allow it to come into focus. I might guide you in self-bodywork. You can expect to feel better in at least a small way at the end of each session.
What is an in-person session like?
In-person bodywork sessions are different for each person. With some clients, we talk for a while first, maybe even the whole session, while others get right on the table. Some clients want a full body massage, and some want little touch, or none at all. There is usually a lot of conversation about what the client is sensing, and some sessions are silent. There is a big focus on staying grounded enough for emotions to be manageable, even when big emotions come up. The client’s preferences, comfort, and safety are my highest priority.
Can I have a mix of modalities in my in-person session?
Yes! Usually a session has a basic framework of one kind of work (CranioSacral, or massage, or Somatic Experiencing, for example), and the other modalities get mixed in as needed. You can also ask for half of each up front, or change your mind during the session. I do my best to sense what’s needed. For the client, paying attention to what you need and asking for it is part of the work and can be a big challenge.
How long does it take to get better?
Some clients are stuck about a specific issue, come in for a handful of sessions, and experience a big shift. Some clients are processing Complex PTSD and come in regularly for years. You can expect to feel better at least in some small way starting from the first session.
How often should I come in?
Check inside, and see what feels right to you. Some clients come every week because they want the support and momentum. Some clients come every two weeks because they need time to process each session. Some clients come every three or four weeks because that’s the rhythm that works for them. Some clients come more or less often depending on what is happening at different times. After I meet you, I can give you my sense of what might work for you, but it’s ultimately your choice.
What led you to focus on trauma?
My own trauma history gives me the impetus to learn about trauma healing and the desire to help others heal. In addition, I discovered early on that my bodywork brings up people’s “stuff”, so I want clients to know that up front.