Frequently Asked Questions

Are sessions covered by insurance?

Best to contact your insurance provider directly to find out if sessions are reimbursed. Typically Swiss insurances do not cover counseling sessions, while some (but not all) international and US based insurances do.

If you are a student at the following study abroad programs in Geneva and Lausanne your student health insurance reimburses counseling sessions with YAC: Boston University, Colgate University, Pepperdine University, and Smith College.

I’m a parent of a minor. How much will you share with me about the sessions?

Counseling is based on a safe, positive, and confidential relationship between the client and counselor. Although teenagers are minors, they have the right to confidentiality. Disclosure of information is only done with the client’s consent, or in times where the counselor believes the client is a danger to him/herself or to others. In cases of safety, appropriate parties (medical and parents) will be contacted immediately.

Typically how many counseling sessions do people have?

That really varies based on the presenting reason for coming to counseling and the nature of the issue as it unfolds. Some people like to have ongoing, long-term support, whereas other people are looking for short-term support through a particular moment of hardship.

Do you prescribe medication?

No, I do not. Medication is prescribed by medical doctors, including psychiatrists. If you are on medication or are thinking of exploring that option, I can recommend English speaking psychiatrists to you. Often, a client will work with a psychiatrist for medication management, and meet with me for counseling.

What if I would like to work with an English-speaking therapist but I think I may need another type of therapy or would prefer working with someone else?

I would be happy to connect you to other therapists who may specialize in other areas (other age groups, couples therapy, a specific type of treatment etc.) or is someone that you feel more comfortable with. It’s important to find the right fit, and I can help you walk through the process of finding the right practitioner for you.

Is it possible to meet over Skype?

I recommend meeting in person if possible, but if geography or other logistics make in-person appointments difficult or impossible, then we can organize phone or video sessions.

What kind of approach do you have?

Like many mental health practitioners, I draw on different therapeutic theories and approaches. My strongest influences are existential and humanistic approaches, with interests in attachment theory, relational theory, and life span development. Before moving into psychology and counseling, my first area of study was literature. As such, narration, metaphor, and story will always influence my work and the way I look at life’s journey.