I specialize in working with adults on issues like: navigating life transitions; parenting; improving communication and boundaries in relationships; and healing from trauma.
During sessions, I pull from a range of modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness, while maintaining a client-driven approach.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long and how often are therapy sessions?
First sessions are usually 60 minutes, and all following sessions are 45-50 minutes. Typically, clients begin with weekly sessions, but you set the pace! Some clients prefer to be seen biweekly or begin weekly and then space sessions out later on.
What is a client-driven approach?
By this, I mean that each individual client sets the pace and tone for their own session(s). For example, if you tend to be a visual person or are having a difficult time describing how you're feeling, we may tap into those emotions with an art-based exercise. If you're interested in the mind body connection, we may begin a session with a body scan or close with a guided meditation. If your thought process tends to be logical and concrete, we'll likely take a practical approach that may include writing out a list of next steps at the end of each session.
I’ve never been to therapy before. What are sessions like?
We’ll usually begin with a check-in, where we might discuss your current mood and anything new or pressing that happened during the past week. The bulk of the session will be spent discussing what brought you to therapy! We’ll refer back to goals that you set during our first session to keep us on track. If we’re doing EMDR to work through a past event, that will take the majority of the session. The session may also include elements of what I described above (i.e. a breathing exercise or art-based activity). The last 5-10 minutes of a session may include discussing what went well, goals for the coming week and/or scheduling future appointments.
How long do people generally go to therapy?
There is no stock answer here- it truly depends on the individual and what s/he is working toward. If possible, my recommendation is to allow at least 6 weeks to see progress or to reach a goal.
Where are you located?
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1101 in Bethesda, MD. The office is a 10-minute walk from the Bethesda metro stop and metered parking is readily accessible.
How do I pay for therapy?
I currently accept check (payable to Heather Geldon) or cash, and sessions are $150 (EMDR sessions are charged at the same rate.) I am an out-of-network provider and can provide paperwork for you to submit to your insurance company (please let me know if you would like a list of questions to ask your insurance company before starting therapy).
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
Please call 202-838-7067 to cancel an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.
Contact me today to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.