Frequently Asked Questions

"Success is awarded to those willing to do the uncomfortable." Darren Hardy

Yes, it can. Counseling gives you a place where you’re not judged, you’re not told what to do, and you won’t be forced to listen to just one single opinion. I want to give you a place to feel safe to share about yourself. Therapy takes some work at times. And, I won’t lie, it can get uncomfortable and messy. But, I feel like most people leave counseling feeling like the time and energy they put into therapy are well worth it.

There are a few ways that you may go about figuring that out. One way is the “you’ll know when you know” method. It’s important to feel like you connect with someone if they’re going to be your counselor.
Another option is to do a little research and see if anyone specializes in the problems that are bringing you to therapy. That can be really valuable. Most therapists offer consultations to determine if they will be a good fit for you. I offer a complimentary 15-minute consultation for people interested in therapy.
In the end, it really is your decision, and it’s one that you are definitely able to make! If nothing else, you deserve to decide on your therapist.
For parents, it’s going to be the best bet to let your teen have plenty of input in choosing their therapist.

Yes and I prefer it. The free 15 minute consultation is by phone or online. During this time, I can answer any questions you may have. The most important part of this consultation is having enough time to see if you feel like we would be a good fit to work together.
  • 30 min – $75
  • 45 min – $125
  • 55 min – $150
  • 90 min – Evaluation – $225

Discounts available for Cash payments

Fees are due at the end of each session. Cash, personal checks and debit/credit cards are accepted. For Yvette, you may choose to be billed at the end of the month.

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REWORD One word, “control.” A mental health diagnosis is required by insurance Many providers will dictate the type, frequency and longevity of therapy Insurance companies have access to your records at any time Many insurance companies do not cover couples/relational or family therapy The mental health diagnosis required by insurance companies becomes a part of your permanent health care record. This may lead to limitations such as denial for quality life insurance or health insurance later on. By paying privately or out of pocket, we can assure private pay clients of the highest degree of privacy, flexibility and control of their mental health record allowed by Minnesota state law. Our records are exempt from insurance reporting and random compliance audits. This truly allows our work together to be private. In addition, many insurance companies require a deductible to be met before they start paying, so you may be paying out of pocket anyway. We will work collaboratively to decide how often to attend therapy and you decide what you want to focus on. You have the control, not the insurance company.

You can contact me by filling out our Contact Form, calling, texting, or emailing me to schedule your appointment. I’m easy to get in touch with initially by text or email. I am generally available during my office hours, from 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. However, you’re welcome to reach out at any time. If I don’t answer, I’ll make sure to get back to you within one business day. I’m usually quicker than that, though.
Note: If you are in crisis or have an mental emergency please visit your nearest emergency room, call 911 or call the Crisis Hotline at (800) 273-8255 or (844) 274-7472. (link to

First sessions are known as intake sessions. These sessions are casual, comfortable, and approximately 50 minutes long and cover the initial paperwork including covering informed consent, privacy, practice policies, and a verbal history of your goals, diagnoses, past treatment, family history, etc. At times, these administrative tasks may feel more clinical in nature but helps give me some important background pieces about who you are. The second half of the intake session is more fluid conversation identifying and setting goals so the therapeutic process can begin.
Therapy sessions are 30 to 90 sessions are available depending on the therapy plan.

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.

If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

I can’t prescribe meds. I typically recommend seeing a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner to discuss medication.

If you need to postpone or cancel an appointment, we request that you let us know 24 hours in advance. Perspectives Therapy Center reserves the right to charge for no-shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.

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