1. Can you take my insurance?
That depends. I am not on insurance or HMO panels. And I don't take Medical or Medicare. But, if you have a PPO plan, you can often get reimbursed for the services of an out-of-network provider. I will provide you with an insurance-friendly bill at the end of each month you can submit to your insurance company.
2. There are a million therapists on the Internet! How are you different?
Well, I'd say I'm very experienced and well-trained. I've been able to help a lot of people with all kinds of difficulties get better. I'm also a teacher in a Buddhist tradition, and I bring that quality of attention to this work. I'm nonjudgmental and open minded, but I'm also able to ask the hard questions; I have an excellent BS meter. I offer an experience of depth that is becoming less valued by our society in the wake of managed care, but that is life-altering for those who embark.
3. Do you do some kind of Buddhist therapy?
I don't know. My work is informed by all of my experience, including my 25 years as a student and teacher of Zen. My experiences with meditation have strongly influenced my understanding of suffering and the mind, and I'm sure that shows up in the work. But I don't have some kind of special Buddhist therapy technique.
4. Do people really still do psychoanalysis?
Absolutely. In psychoanalysis (3-5 times per week, on the couch) we are able to truly get to the root of suffering. Psychoanalysis deeply changes people. Yes, it's a big commitment, and yes, it's an investment. And, it can give you a new future. People in analysis are professionals, artists, students, and CEOs. I'd be happy to talk more about it.
5. I want to do a psychedelic journey. Can you supply me with the medicine?
No. While I do psychedelic preparation and integration, and work with people who are prescribed ketamine, I will not supply illegal psychedelic medicines.
6. I don't want to be in psychoanalysis! Can I still work with you?
That's fine. I also see people in weekly psychotherapy. That's just right for some people.