FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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HOW DO I KNOW IF COUNSELING WILL WORK?
The most important factor in counseling working is the relationship you have with your therapist. In my experience, this outweighs every other factor. So, if in the fist two or three sessions you are able to establish a comfortable relationship with your therapist this is an excellent indicator that therapy will work for you. Further, therapy will be much more effective if you invest in the process (i.e. work outside of the sessions).
HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR ME?
The most important factor in selecting a therapist is determining if you will feel comfortable around him/her as you go through counseling. This can be difficult to determine before the first session, but here is what I recommend. You should make it a point of speaking directly with the therapist over the phone before your first session.
WHEN CAN I COME?
Please visit our Request Appointment portal to see and book available sessions.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
My standard rate is $125 per one-hour session. In cases of extreme financial hardship a discounted rate may apply.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I COME TO MY FIRST SESSION?
My goal during the first session is getting to know you and understanding where you want to go. I use the first session to craft goals and create a road map for how to achieve those goals. This process may entail asking questions about your family, job, hobbies, and other pertinent details.
HOW LONG DOES COUNSELING TAKE?
This is a difficult question because it is different for each person. In general, you should be prepared to commit to six consecutive weekly sessions. After the first six sessions we can continue on a weekly , bi-weekly, or monthly basis. It completely depends upon your unique situation and desires. I work with clients that only come in for two or three sessions, and I work with clients that I have been seeing for years. I am flexible and like to keep an open dialogue about this as we work through counseling.
IS WHAT WE DISCUSS CONFIDENTIAL?
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
DO YOU WRITE PRESCRIPTIONS?
No, I do not write prescriptions. If you want to consult someone regarding medication I would recommend making an appointment with your family doctor or a psychiatrist. The long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach. Working with your medical doctor can help you determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Yes, we accept most major insurance providers.