FAQ

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How are you conducting therapy sessions?
I conduct all sessions via telehealth.
What are your hours?

I see clients Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

What are your fees?

My fee for a 1 hour intake appointment is $300. Ongoing sessions are 50 minutes at $250. 

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. However, please keep in mind that psychotherapy is not a linear process and the way I work with clients is from a non pathologizing and individualized framework. This means that it is not possible for me to assess you and the treatment required before we begin working together. Once we start working together we do not know what termination of treatment actually looks like, so the best way to estimate your cost is the cost of the fee x number of times a week we see each other (usually 1-2x).  

 

Do you take insurance?

I don’t take insurance. I do accept HSA or FSA cards.

I can provide what is called a “Superbill” and you can submit that to your insurance company. You will have to contact your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for services from an out of network provider.

Please keep in mind insurance companies require me to assign a diagnosis. 

How do I set up an appointment?

You can email me at hello@christinaalgeciras.com or call or text me at (954) 532-8301

What is your cancellation policy?

I require 48-hours’ advance notice of cancellations or requests for rescheduling.

You can cancel via your client portal or by notifying me via text or phone call to (954) 532-8301. You will forfeit the full fee for any appointments cancelled or rescheduled with less than 48-hours’ notice.

What is therapy?

In simple terms, therapy is a transformative learning process. Through therapy, you’ll gain valuable insights about yourself and acquire effective coping strategies to navigate your challenges. It’s also a powerful tool to help you connect with your inner world, unraveling deeper meaning and purpose in your life.

It’s important to understand that therapy is not a quick fix; rather, it’s a journey of personal growth and healing. Along this journey, you’ll discover your true self and learn how to align your actions with your authentic desires.

As you become aware of the patterns of thoughts and behaviors that have been holding you back, you’ll have the power to make choices and embark on positive changes. With choice comes liberation, and you’ll witness your own strengths and feel a newfound sense of empowerment.

In therapy, you have the freedom to express your emotions openly – whether it’s shedding tears, sharing laughter, venting frustrations, or expressing yourself in any way that feels genuine to you. It’s a collaborative process where we work together to explore your inner world, uncover insights, and foster personal growth and healing. I’m here to walk alongside you, offering guidance and support every step of the way.

How does therapy work?

Above all, my foremost priority is to foster a deep connection between us rooted in authenticity, empathy, and genuine care. This bond forms the solid foundation upon which trust can flourish, allowing us to work together harmoniously towards your goals and objectives.

Additionally, I am committed to equipping you with valuable knowledge and insights regarding various conditions, essential skills, and the potential for transformative personal growth. Through this journey, we will explore fresh perspectives and discover new thoughts and behaviors that can contribute to your overall well-being.

It’s essential to recognize that you are a unique individual with your own set of experiences and needs. Therefore, I approach our work with great sensitivity and tailor our sessions to address your holistic self, taking into account the entirety of who you are, rather than just focusing on specific issues or disorders.

How do I know if I'm ready for therapy?

The bigger question is this: are you ready to take charge of your life and try something different?

If you’re here, most likely, you’re ready for therapy. Trying to figure things out on your own can be exhausting, and having good support can help you take a load off and get some clarity. If the idea of gaining clarity and releasing the baggage you’ve been schlepping around makes you feel lighter, I’d say you’re definitely ready.

What are some of the techniques you use?

I use a combination of therapeutic techniques such as active listening and attuning to you, asking questions, providing alternate perspectives on situations, teaching you tools like breathing and other techniques, and specific writing or reading assignments.

Some of my clients have commented on my “Spidey senses” to pick up on their thoughts and feelings or connect dots that they never put together before.

I provide encouragement, reassurance, and support to help you release and explore your sadness, anxiety, and pain – while also helping you recognize your strengths, goals, and potential.

From a clinical and theoretical standpoint, I work with you from an eclectic, depth oriented model that includes existential-humanistic theory, psychodynamic theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), feminist, attachment, and multicultural theories, as well as mindfulness-based practices.

How long does therapy last?

That’s up to you. Generally, it takes several consistent sessions to see changes.

In our first four to five sessions, we’ll be getting to know each other and developing trust. I suggest that you commit to at minimum, three months of weekly sessions to begin to feel a shift. Then, we can evaluate how well therapy has been helping and consider exploring different directions if necessary.

You can choose to opt-in or out of therapy at any time. Many people benefit from long-term ongoing support. I generally work with clients on a long term basis, so if you are looking for brief therapy or a handful of sessions, I’m probably not the best fit for you.

I also don’t recommend “ghosting” your therapist because terminating or pausing the therapeutic relationship is also an opportunity for growth and healing.

How often should I come to therapy?
Generally, I recommend that you have one to two therapy sessions per week. As your life changes, we’ll adjust your therapy schedule to what works best for you.
What kind of problems or situations can you help with?

I can assist you with a wide array of problems and situations.

 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Women’s issues
  • Coping with health issues
  • Personal growth
  • Identity exploration
  • Performance anxiety
  • Work stress
  • Academic stress
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Isolation
  • Burnout
  • Exploring and integrating non ordinary states of consciousness

       

    Who do you work with?

    I work with a wide variety of people, including, but not limited to, the following:Generations X, Y, and Z. Women, men, youth (age 12+), and seniors, including LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals.

    People with medical problems and chronic health conditions.

    People that identify as empaths or Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP).

    Do you work with kids?

    Sure do! Kids like me, and I like them. Generally, the children I work with are over twelve years old.

    When working with children, I use a combination of talk therapy, play therapy techniques, mindfulness practices, and creative expression.

    You are welcome to contact me to inquire further.

    Do you offer coaching services?

    Sure do! If you are interested in learning more about my coaching and other services please visit my other website for my company Benestar Wellness here

    What should I look for in a therapist?

    A good therapist should inspire trust and make you feel safe, seen, and heard. The therapeutic relationship’s foundation is mutual respect, so it’s important that both you and your therapist value you and your time.

    If you don’t feel like you can be yourself or if you feel judged, unsafe, or disrespected, then it’s time to look for someone else.

    Do you go to therapy?

    Absolutely. 

    I hold a profound belief in delving into the inner realms of the psyche, recognizing that we all possess blind spots and remain on an eternal spiral of growth and healing. By dedicating myself to my own inner work, I am empowered to provide you with my utmost efforts and guidance in our journey together.

    What else should I know about working with you?

    A commitment to active participation empowers us to delve into the depths of self-discovery, igniting a transformative journey towards inner wholeness. My dedication lies in assisting clients to reconnect with their core essence, peeling away the intricate layers of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that have concealed their true selves. The expedition into the realms of the unconscious may present challenges and discomfort, yet it is an immensely valuable endeavor, offering profound personal growth. I am wholeheartedly devoted to guiding and bolstering my clients throughout this path of individuation

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    Hard yes. Sweet, salty, cheesy, savory goodness. Throw some jalapeno on there, and you’re golden. How can you go wrong?
    Do you like podcasts?

    Do I ever!? Some of my favorites are Smartless, Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin, We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle, Home Cooking with Samin Nosrat and Hrishi Hirway, Huberman Lab, This is Love, Radiolab, Table Manners, The Guilty Feminist, and Desert Island Discs.