How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
The best way is to ask your questions during our phone conversation and then to come in for an initial evaluation. While I am evaluating you and your circumstances to see if I can help you, it is your opportunity to evaluate me and see if I am the right fit for you as well.
The best thing is to come in for a consultation.
If I come to your office for an initial consultation, what can I expect?
During an initial evaluation, I will ask you questions about your life including what the presenting issue is, how your relationships are doing including friendships, colleagues, family and romantic relationships. I will ask you about your childhood and how you were raised. I will inquire about past emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Questions will be presented about your sexual functioning, your mood, appetite and sleep patterns along with other mood related symptoms. A diagnosis will be established and if you are going to use insurance that will be necessary for your reimbursement.
How often and how long do I come to individual therapy?
This depends on you as a person. Most clients come weekly or every other week. I will not work with someone less than that as doing so is not therapy but more coaching (hyperlink to coaching). Research shows that by the 6th to 8th session, clients either stay in therapy or drop out. I find that clients know by the 6th session whether therapy will be of help to them or not.
My recommendation is to give therapy at least 6 months. You can go longer or shorter and it depends on your issues and how much work you want to put into yourself.
What is the cost and will my insurance cover you?
Individual therapy is private and confidential. I accept payment at the start of each session and give you a receipt that you can choose to submit to your insurance company or not. I do not handle insurances nor do I accept direct payment from any insurance company or outside source. In addition to cash and checks, I accept credit cards.
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Also, you should understand the HIPPA laws if you are using insurance. Click here for more information.
What if my partner or I want to see you individually?
When I see couples I do not see the partners individually ever unless there are special circumstances. Those circumstances would be discussed in the initial evaluation. The couple is the client. If one is late I do not start the appointment until the other arrives. If one cannot make the appointment it is considered a cancelled session. This ensures that the primary relationship I have with you is as a couple and keeps me neutral and available for the both of you.
What if my partner or I need individual therapy or are in individual therapy with someone else?
After the initial consultation, if you are not in individual therapy and need it, I will refer you to someone. If you are already in individual therapy I will support that and ask that you allow for contact between myself and the therapist for continuity of treatment.
Are you going to tell my partner and me how we should be a couple?
I will not to tell you what type of relationship you should have. Instead to help you be the type of couple you both want to be. I am there to guide you and teach you what works and what doesn’t based on my clinical experiences and the research and data that is out there. In the end, however, it is you who makes the final decision.
How often do you see a couple and for how long?
I will see a couple either every week or every other week depending on the situation. I ask the couple to commit to 12 sessions along with a couples workshop. That ensures a full commitment to the Imago work and to each other.
Do we have to do a workshop?
No. You can choose not to accept the whole package. However, couples report it is worth about 6 months of couple’s therapy and couples have stated it made the work they did in the 12 sessions more helpful.
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