(Frequently Asked Questions)What happens in therapy?
It depends. Everyone is unique. I’ll be able to be more specific after our first session.
Typically I will suggest that you see me weekly for 4-6 weeks. This allows us to get to know each other, build trust and rapport, and hopefully relieve some of the pain that brought you in to see me. After 4-6 sessions, I like to discuss with you how you think therapy is going. At this point we can keep things the way they are or change to bi-weekly appointments or whatever else works for you or fits your budget. I leave it up to you to decide how long you want to see me.
Often, clients will see me for several months and then decide to take a break; later, as they feel the need, they will come for tune-up sessions. I am very flexible, and I keep the door open for clients who I have seen in the past. Life is not easy even at the best of times, and life transitions (such as a birth, a death, a new job, ending of a relationship, or a family crisis) can be especially taxing. A lot of people find it helpful to have therapist there for support and guidance when they feel derailed by life events.
Individual Therapy Session (50 Minutes): $140
Couples Counseling Assessment (50 minutes): $140 In this initial session, I will help you assess whether couples counseling would be helpful. Although you and your partner are unique people, couples tend to fall into common relationship patterns. The assessment goals are to identify negative patterns and suggest a plan of action to change them.
On-going Couples Counseling Sessions (50 minutes): $ 140
I take payment by cash, check or credit card.
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. My professional services do qualify for patient reimbursement under most PPO insurance plans, which will consider me an “out-of-network” provider. You would pay me my fee directly and then I’ll give you a statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. For most PPO plans I can electronically submit the reimbursement paperwork for you. This allows for much faster reimbursement.
HMO plans do not cover my services. Most HMOs only authorize treatment for mental health illnesses. That is why typically they will not reimburse specifically for “marriage counseling,” “couples counseling,” or “relationship counseling.”
You may be able to reimburse yourself for payment of my services with a Medical Spending Account.
My partner won't see a counselor. Are there any self help books for couples that you recommend?
I read one of your books but I don't live near you--can you help me (us)?