We’re Here for You
When choosing a therapist, you want to be sure you’re choosing one that you can fully trust to answer all of your questions and concerns. Below, you’ll will find a list of some frequently asked questions from my clients. Feel free to ask your own anytime, or suggest one to be added.
Why do you treat only women?
Well, while I believe that women and men are alike in many ways I believe that they are different in many as well. My training and life experiences have guided me to focusing my work on female-based health issues. I've observed that often women are dismissed by the healthcare system. I wanted to provide a place where they are heard, believed, valued, trusted, and can participate as an informed decision maker in what happens, or doesn't happen, to their bodies.
What are female-based health issues?
Anything you feel to be rooted in your female-ness that needs tending. Anything related to birth: trying to conceive, conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum care. Anything relating to your menstrual cycle: pre-menstruation, normal menstruation, abnormal menstruation, pre-menopause, peri-menopause, menopause, post-menopause. Anything related to hormone regulation: circulation, balance or imbalance. Any normal or abnormal function of the female reproductive system.
Note: I am not a medical doctor, but I will work with your medical doctor as needed as a part of your healthcare team. I can not diagnose health conditions.
Do you hate men?
This question is strange to me, but I get it often enough to address it. No, I do not hate men. I was lucky enough to be raised with three amazing father figures and several brothers. I voluntarily live with a wonderful manly-man husband and have several sons. I love them all. Just as I love my mom, mother-in-law, sisters, and daughters. I simply have decided to specialize in the care of women.
Why don't you have an address listed?
I chose not to list my address because my office is in my home. I am comfortable with a client knowing where I live, but I don't want the general public showing up whenever they want. If I move to a location outside of my home I will be happy to share that address.
What should I expect during my first appointment?
I have a client intake form for you to fill out before we get started. I will go over your form and ask you for further information as needed. If we haven't before your appointment was scheduled, we will talk about why you decided to make an appointment, what you hope to get out of your treatment, and agree upon a treatment plan.
Once in the treatment room I will either explain how I need you positioned on the table, once on the table ask if you need any bolsters or pillows for your comfort, and start the treatment. Or, if massage is a part of your treatment I may instruct you to disrobe as needed, explain how I need you positioned on the table, and step out of the room for you to disrobe. Once you are ready (disrobed and on the table covered with a sheet and blanket) I will ask if you need any bolsters or pillows for your comfort, and start the treatment.
The treatment will start with an assessment. This is like asking your body why you made the appointment, what you hope to get out of your treatment, and develop a treatment plan. If I pick up on anything from the body that makes me feel like we should do something different than what we discussed before the treatment started I will give you the opportunity to change the plan, or stay the course.
After the treatment, if you have disrobed I will leave the room so you can redress. When we have left the treatment room I will ask how you feel, what differences you notice, tell you what I felt or noticed, give you an idea of how you might feel over the next couple days, and suggest a next step. I will usually offer suggestions to help between appointments such as a stretch, or book to look into for more information.
Note: If you have any discomfort after an appointment please don't hesitate to let me know. I can usually help ease them if I know about them.