How long and how many times a week is a typical session?
Sessions are usually 50 minutes in duration. Therapy is a very individualized process. Most clients find that participating in therapy twice a month progresses well. If clients need more or less frequency, I will accommodate the needs of that client. Therapy is an individualized process. Frequency depends on what your current needs are and the goals of your treatment.
How long will I be in therapy?
The length of time a client is in therapy depends the nature of the problem and the goals set in therapy. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of therapy. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to participate in therapy for a longer period.
What if I want couples therapy, but my partner won't come?
Unfortunately, sometimes one partner is not as willing as the other to come in for therapy. However, I often find that it is possible to improve the relationship with just one person involved in therapy.
How much are your fees and do you take insurance?
We accept most insurance plans. The billing is completed by my office but your deductible and co-payments are your responsibility at each session. Self-payment is accepted for those who do not have insurance and/or do not want to utilize their insurance due to confidentiality concerns.
Do I need to take medications?
As a therapist, I am not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication is warranted. Typically, clients see someone under their health insurance coverage or I can refer you to a psychiatrist or a nurse practitioner.
What are your payment methods?
It is customary to make payment during each session. During your office visit I am able to accept cash, checks or credit cards.