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Kristen Birkland
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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Common Questions

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with issues brought to ones attention by a spouse or partner.  Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce, having a new baby, or falling out of love.  Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including relationship stress, co-parenting, depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.


Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy.


What can I expect from the first session?

When you enter into my office please have a seat in the waiting room.  Complimentary coffee and tea are provided, help yourself.  I will come out to greet you at your scheduled appointment time.  The first part of the hour will be spent talking about the paperwork and answering any questions you might have.  The middle part of the hour will be spent having a conversation about why you decided to pursue therapy and what I can be of help around.  The last part of the hour will be spent with me sharing whether or not I can be of help to you and what the next steps might look like.  If you feel like I am a good fit for you then we will move forward. 


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

Yes, I am an out of network provider.  To determine if you have out of network mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have out of network mental health benefits? 
  • How much does my insurance reimburse for an out-of-network provider?
  • Are services from a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist covered under my out of network mental health benefit?