What should I expect?
Before you begin services, it is important to know that all therapy has both benefits and risks. Approaching feelings or thoughts that you have tried not to think about for a long time may be painful. Many clients, however, feel relieved to tell me their story. The first one or two sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs and examining what solutions have already been attempted. This is the assessment phase of counseling. During this time, we will work on creating treatment goals that fit your circumstances.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different for each individual. In general, during subsequent sessions, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from a previous therapy session.
Depending on your specific goals, and how ready you are to change, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or if you desire more personal development. Initially, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with me (usually weekly). Change is never easy and changes in beliefs and behaviors are sometimes difficult to live out. By developing a trusting relationship during sessions, I help clients know themselves better, find solutions to specific problems, and reduce their feelings of distress. There are, naturally, no guarantees of what your experience will be like.
What do I need to do?
To gain the most from therapy, it will be important that you take an active part in your treatment and work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home. Sometimes I give my clients exercises to practice during the week, or ask them to record their difficult feelings so we can discuss them together. There is no magic wand to make life better, but clients find it to be a whole lot easier to create the life they want when working with a trusted counselor. Please remember that when participating in group or family sessions, you will be responsible for maintaining confidentiality of others that participate in your counseling sessions.
What if I don't like it?
If for some reason you do not feel as though I am the right therapist for you, please tell me, and I will provide a referral. Sometimes life takes a little trial and error to find out what it is we need most. If for some reason I determine that I cannot help you, I will discuss this with you and provide referrals who you may contact. If you request it and authorize it in writing, I can talk to the psychotherapist of your choice in order to help with the transition. You, of course, have the right to terminate therapy at any time. (But I will encourage you to do it for the right reasons--like, because you're at a place where you're comfortable progressing on your own.)
What do I need to know before scheduling?
$160 Initial 90 minute Individual or couple assessment
$130 per follow up 60-minute Individual or $150 per couple session
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Insurance Accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis for cash paying clients.
Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted for payment.
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay $45.00 for the miss. If that happens three times, you will have your account closed until the issue can be resolved.