Commonly Asked Questions

1What is therapy?
Therapy is speaking with a trained mental health professional to help you process and change thoughts, behaviors, patterns, and actions that no longer serve you., Therapy also explores stresses, goals, past experiences and other areas that can promote a happier and healthier life. It can help you come to grips with problems in your life. It can also offer an emotional release while being understood and supported.
2How long does therapy last?
Therapy can be both short term and long term depending on your individual situation. Therapy goals and treatment is reviewed regularly.
3How often is therapy?
Therapy is scheduled weekly or bi-weekly deepening on individual circumstances.
4How much do you charge?
Rates are provider dependent. Most providers see clients on a sliding scale. Provider rates are never above $100 per session and some will go as low as $50 per session. Inquire to learn more.
5Do you offer sliding scale payments?
In certain situations, we do accept sliding scale payments. Please consult with us to discuss options.
6Do you accept my insurance?
We do not accept insurance. Insurance companies force clinicians to diagnose a mental health illness in order to be compensated. We do not believe everyone seeking therapy has a diagnosable mental health condition.
7How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment by contacting us via this website. Or you can complete your consent paperwork and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.
8Do you have availability in the (mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends)?
Availability various based on current client appointments. Please contact for availability.
9When’s the earliest date that I can see you for our first appointment?
Clients are typically scheduled within a week or two.
10What should I expect during our first session?
During the first session, the therapist will complete an assessment with you. This assessment can take 1-2 sessions, this will help you and your therapist identify treatment goals.
11Where is the office located?
AMR Mental Health Therapy is a virtual based platform only. We do not have a brick and mortar office. However, all sessions are face to face and in real time.
12 Do I have to be a resident of a certain state?
Yes, we are legally and ethically only able to provide therapy to clients in Nevada and California.
13Do you provide text or email therapy?
There are no phone sessions, app sessions, or text sessions. Therapy should be face to face and in real time, due to the nature of the work.
14Is virtual therapy as effective as in person therapy for the issues I am wishing to discuss?
Virtual therapy is proven effective for various mental health and life concerns. There are some conditions, such as active delusions, in which virtual therapy would not be appropriate for a client.
15How do I get the most out of therapy?
Therapy works best as a partnership. Tell your therapist your therapy goals and what changes you would like to make in your life. Be open to new ideas and behaviors, don’t quit because it gets hard. Therapy is hard, but it is also rewarding. Most importantly, be open and honest the real change comes from authentic sharing. Utilize what you learn from therapy in your life, it doesn’t work if you don’t try to implement change. Be patient with yourself, all change takes time.
16Is therapy confidential?
In most cases yes, your therapist will review this with you and it is provided in the consent form.

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“If someone is having anxiety symptoms or needs positive coping skills to deal with difficulties in life, or maybe someone just needs an hour or two of time to decompress, [online therapy] can be very helpful,” Russo tells Bustle.

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There is good news, though, in that studies have also shown how you view and handle stress can change the impact it has on your brain, Russo says. "It’s important to try and reassess the situation in a more positive light," she says. "It can be hard, but if you are telling yourself that you are constantly stressed, you are feeding the stress."

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Repeatedly telling yourself to stop feeling guilty won’t work. In fact, it’ll probably just make you dwell on the situation even more. “The goal is to redirect your actions and behaviors. If you’re guilty about something, engage in positive thoughts and actions,” recommends therapist Ann Russo, LCSW.

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Hoarding signs include a “collection of unusual and useless items, magazines, rotten food, hair, fingernails – at times pets can be hoarded and neglected,” says Ann Russo, a psychotherapist and founder of AMR Mental Health Therapy.

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"Traits of antisocial personality disorder can often be seen in most adults," therapist Ann Russo, MA.TH, LCSW, tells Bustle. "The distinguishable and diagnosable difference is that the traits impact levels of functioning in the world.

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“Kids generally don’t have a position about same-sex relationships until they are told to have one by society and culture,” licensed clinical social worker Ann Russo tells SheKnows. Russo recommends simply sharing about romantic love and attraction rather than focusing on sexual orientation.

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Of course, this type of change doesn’t set in immediately. Ann Russo, a therapist who worked with survivors of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting right after it happened, recalls that few people wanted to talk about it right away, and that the support group she started remained mostly unattended for weeks.