QUESTIONS / ANSWERS
What is therapy?
Therapy is both a process and a relationship. In session, you talk with a therapist in order to heal or relieve symptoms. Therapists also incorporate researched-based practices in order to best serve your needs. During your time, your therapist will hold space for you and validate your experience through empathy and compassion. Therapists at Simply Being are trained to help clients struggling with many different concerns.
What populations do you serve?
At Simply Being, we believe in the fundamental truth that all individuals, regardless of race, cultural background, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, abilities, or belief systems are worthy of respect and care. We offer services to all individuals, ages 15+.
What modalities do you use in session?
Our therapists are all specialized in trauma, mood issues, and chronic stress; we work from an attachment lens. We are trained in Somatic Experiencing ®, EMDR, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, Jungian Psychology, Mindfulness, and other practices.
What can I expect?
The therapeutic relationship is what is most important to us. It can be extremely difficult to meet with a therapist for the first time; we understand that and our therapists are sensitive to each client in order to follow their pacing. We understand that trust takes time to build and it is our intention to always provide a safe and comfortable space for folks. At Simply Being, we consider each client’s nervous system and use a very titrated process, so as to not overwhelm the system. We are very careful to work with you in a manner that is nurturing and one that does not leave you feeling drained at the end of our session. Our ultimate goal is to build an alliance with each client, and help you access what is already within you to heal.
How do I choose a therapist?
Choosing a therapist can feel difficult at first. We suggest that you select a therapist based on your needs and, most importantly, on whether they are a good fit for you. The therapeutic relationship is at the core of healing. At Simply Being, we invite you to chat with the therapists to see what works for you.
How do I make an appointment?
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please fill out the form under Getting Started or reach out to an individual therapist.
We currently see clients on weekdays and online. Once scheduled, you will receive access to our Client Portal.
Do you offer virtual sessions?
Yes, we offer Telehealth sessions. Virtual therapy is an effective method that works well for many individuals. Most of our treatment approaches, such as Somatic Experiencing and EMDR are possible via Telehealth, and our therapists are skilled in meeting your individual needs while incorporating these effective approaches virtually. At Simply Being, you have the option of choosing from in-person, online, or phone sessions. We also offer a hybrid experience, for those individuals wanting to have options week to week. Telehealth is offered through a confidential, HIPAA-compliant platform called Simple Practice. You can access the online portal through any mobile device, such as your personal computer, cell phone, or tablet. Your therapist will provide you with further information around Telehealth to ensure that you have the most comfortable virtual experience.
What are your rates?
Each practitioner at Simply Being has their own rate. Currently, rates range between $200-$60. We ask that you include a credit card on our secure portal to hold appointments. We accept major credit cards, Venmo, or cash at the start of each appointment.
Do you accept insurance?
Simply Being does not accept any forms of insurance. Some of our therapists are able to provide you with a “superbill” for insurance purposes. It is the client’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider and ascertain whether the full or partial cost of therapy will be reimbursed by their insurance carrier and plan.
Do you have any lower-cost services?
What is your cancellation policy?
There is such a need for therapy in our world today. For this reason, appointment times are held for you; if you are unable to attend session, others could benefit from the time. We ask that cancellations be made, via email and directly with your therapist, at least 24 hours in advance. Without such notice, clients are responsible for the full session fee. This includes cancellations and no-shows due to emergencies, with exception to personal medical emergencies that also prevent you from having an alternative virtual session. Please review our COVID practices for further guidance.
Because sessions are in such high demand, clients will receive a reminder via text or email in advance. In order to hold an appointment, a credit card is needed and can be entered in our secure client portal.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are 50 minutes in duration. Your therapist uses the additional ten minutes to write notes and plan for your care. If you arrive late to a session, your appointment time will not be extended. If you are joining a virtual session and are more than 15 minutes late, your therapist will log off and the session will be considered a late cancellation or no-show.
What if I am late?
If you arrive late to session (in person or online), you will be granted a 15-minute grace period. Your session time will be impacted by late arrival.
What precautions are you taking for COVID-19?
The last few years have been an incredibly difficult and isolating time for many of us. We are grateful to be able to serve clients wanting to have an in-person connection as well as those preferring virtual sessions. That said, we do ask that you do not attend an in-person session if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, or if you have cold and flu-like symptoms and have not tested negative for COVID. If you are experiencing symptoms, please provide us with notice and we will send you a link for a virtual session. We rely on your transparency around any possible sickness or exposure.
Currently, we are not requiring masks. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, we respect that choice and are always happy to wear a mask if asked. We understand that, as a community, we each have to do our part to help with the safety of ourselves and others. If you have questions or concerns, please speak with your therapist.
Where are you located? What is your office like?
We are located in the Berry Hill community, at 2822 Erica Place, in a small, charming house intended to feel like home; our community is known for offering a variety of holistic services in the area, so you can plan a day for self care when you visit (not to mention plan for an amazing meal at one of our diverse, neighboring restaurants). We ask that clients use the front entrance, and your therapist will provide you with a door code prior to your first appointment. We offer sufficient parking at the front of the house as well as overflow parking, so that it is convenient and easy for clients.
We strive to curate an experience for clients from the moment the enter our practice. Our space is thoughtfully designed to help you feel safe and nurtured. We invite our clients to help themselves to a variety of teas (including our branded, bespoke blend in collaboration with The Tea Huntress) as well as sparkling or still water. Healthy snacks are also available. We strive to ensure that your needs are met, so that you can feel present and centered during our session.
For those who prefer to be out in nature, Simply Being also offers an outdoor patio experience, including a private space enveloped by lush greens and a outdoor bench swing facing our forthcoming community gardens. We also are just a couple of moments away from a lovely playground that we often use with clients, to help cater to the inner child in each of us.
Is therapy confidential?
You have a legal right to expect confidentiality from your therapist. You can explore the limitations of confidentiality in our intake paperwork.
Do you offer groups or other services?
Simply Being was created to help nurture community. We offer groups and workshops in our group space and online. Some of our more popular offerings include our Find Your Wild weekend workshop, our SA Support Group for Women, our Body Talk group, our Family Constellations groups, and monthly group Sound Baths.
Upon request, our therapists are available to offer professional training around trauma to local companies and school districts, as well as women and men circles. Private individual or group Sound Baths can be scheduled in advance.
At Simply Being, our therapists are continuously learning and we are excited to bring Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to our community.
We also offer professional services including personal sessions for credit towards certification for Somatic Experiencing students, Clinical Supervision for social workers, and mentoring for clinicians looking to start private practice.
Do you offer psychedelic assisted psychotherapy?
Simply Being offers Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). Research from highly regarded institutions, along with extensive clinical trials, have found that KAP is beneficial for treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and addiction. We currently offer a psychedelic dose of Ketamine using rapid release tablets and will be offering intramuscular doses in the near future.
Is Ketamine Safe?
Ketamine has a long history of being used with adults and children as an anesthetic. The medicine itself is extremely safe and all clients are properly screened by our prescribing psychiatrist. There are some contraindications for the use of Ketamine and these include, but are not limited to, the following:
Acute altered mental status.
Untreated hypertension or cardiac arrhythmia
History of a medical reaction to anesthesia, specifically malignant hyperthermia
Active substance abuse
Direct family history of schizophrenia
History of a reaction to ketamine
Severe liver disease
MAOI medication use
These contraindications do not automatically rule out the use of Ketamine. Our prescribing MD can work with patients to help regulate or treat some of the above stated medical conditions and will make all final decisions around the safety of Ketamine for each individual client.
What are steps for getting started with KAP?
Clients who are interested in KAP are invited to schedule a discovery call with one of our KAP therapists. After the call, clients are referred to our prescribing MD for medical screening. The medical screening is a comprehensive screening and assessment during which time rapport and trust are built with our highly experienced prescribing MD. Once the medical screening is complete, you will be prescribed Ketamine and this prescription will be collected by the client at our local compounding pharmacy. Prior to the actual KAP journey session, clients will meet with their KAP therapist for a preparation session, after which clients will schedule their journey session. Clients bring their medicine with them to our practice on the day of their journey session. These sessions are scheduled for 2.5-2 hours. Your KAP therapist will be with you during the journey for the entire time and will help process whatever material presents itself. Following this experience, clients will schedule at least one integration session. We believe that the KAP “journey” experience begins at the very first step, during the discovery call, and we are committed to you feeling supported and comfortable throughout the entire process.
What modalities do you use in session?
Our therapists are all specialized in trauma and chronic stress, and work from an attachment lens. We are trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, IFS, Jungian Sandplay, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, DBT, and other trauma focused and holistic practices.
Do you work with corporate or organizational teams?
At Simply Being we understand the importance of workplace wellness on individuals. If you would like further information on our offerings, please review the Workplace Wellness section under Services and Fees.