Make moves to be whole, not to be “better”.

Do we really need to be better than we are?

We are frequently plagued with expectations for ourselves to do better and to be better. Approaching ourselves through this lens, it is very difficult to come from a place of self-compassion, because we are viewing all of our imperfections and making plans for the “fixing” of our various perceived flaws. If we are always striving to be better, it is hard to truly commit to loving ourselves as we are.

That said, of course, there is something to be said for discipline, the cultivation of skill, and the work of the self to be good, well, centered humans. The work of therapy invests us in just this thing (there are very few people in therapy that lack interest in self-improvement!). How do we both acknowledge areas in which we need or want to grow, and accept and love ourselves as we are in this moment?

IFS (Internal Family Systems) addresses this beautifully by encouraging us to get to know our Parts – all of them, even the ones that are less than our favorites – and to approach them with curiosity and kindness. We do not try to eradicate them or even change them, we simply get curious about them, hear what they want or need from us, and allow them to un-burden themselves, if necessary. Sometimes just the act of showing interest in Parts of ourselves that we formerly despised, ignored, or dismissed is enough to create radical shifts within our system. Parts are empowered to choose new “jobs” for themselves, and by virtue of this, we grow – we are different versions of ourselves, but we remain intact. We have not necessarily become “better,” but we have grown, in a loving and compassionate way.

Self-work does not have to be grueling, scary, or traumatizing. At it’s best, I believe, it is gentle, affirming, respectful, and quiet – a steady movement towards wholeness and healing.


Useful Information

Some frequently asked questions and useful answers.

Online therapy works in the same way as in-office therapy, but is done online, similar to a Skype or FaceTime conversation. Clients are able to have sessions from home, work, or any other convenient location. We meet with clients using a HIPAA-compliant secure platform.

Online therapy allows you to work with us from the comfort of home, or any private location of your choosing. For some, the screen provides an added layer of comfort that makes the challenging work of being vulnerable in therapy a little easier.

Online therapy also creates the unique opportunity for you to work with us without the constraints of proximity! The practice was born in Keene, New Hampshire, but has since grown to service clients anywhere in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Florida, and New Hampshire.

Online therapy is a great option for clients that travel for work, for college students that go home during the summertime and do not want a break in their sessions, and for anyone with a challenging or inconsistent day-to-day schedule. It is an excellent choice for clients seeking a therapist with a particular specialty that they are unable to find support for locally. Some of our clients report that online therapy makes the vulnerability element of therapy a bit less intimidating.

No. For some clients with more complex symptoms or safety concerns, having a local therapist that is readily available is important in case of crisis or the need for a higher level of care. Online therapy is also a challenge for clients that do not have access to a private, quiet space to be “in session” for the hour, or for those that do not have adequate internet connectivity.

There are several reasons why we don’t accept insurance. The most important are:

Confidentiality. Insurance companies require that your information be shared with them in order to pay for services. We prefer that clients’ information is kept as confidential as possible.

The pressure to diagnose. Insurance companies require that clients are given a mental health diagnosis in order to pay for therapy. We have found that many clients benefit from therapy, but do not meet criteria for a diagnosis. Not using insurance allows clients to access therapy without being given a mental health diagnosis.

Flexibility and freedom. Insurance companies dictate the length and number of sessions they will authorize, as well as when a client is no longer eligible for the benefits of therapy. Because we do not work with insurance panels, you and we can collaborate to determine your individual needs regarding session length, frequency of sessions, and when to terminate therapy.

While we do not accept insurance, many clients choose to submit receipts to their insurance companies to receive reimbursement via out-of-network benefits. We are happy to provide these receipts for you! Please check with your insurance company for details on your benefits.



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