What are your fees?
My usual fee is $150 for each 55-minute session. I reserve a few spots for qualifying reduced-fee clients. I accept checks, cash, credit and debit cards, and HSA and FSA cards.
Unfortunately, I do not accept insurance at this time. However, if you receive any Out of Network (OON) benefits from your insurance coverage I can offer a receipt with appropriate details for you to request reimbursement from your insurance carrier if applicable.
What approaches do you use in therapy?
My work is informed by many theoretical approaches including John Gottman, Sue Johnson (Emotionally Focused Therapy), Family Systems, Virginia Satir (Communications Skills), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and several others. I find that building a trusting and safe relationship is primary. Beyond that, I tailor treatment modalities to the unique needs of each client. With couples I use a more directive approach than with individuals. I often use the Prepare-Enrich Inventory and workbooks with pre-engaged, pre-marital and early married couples to guide conversation through the multiple aspects of intimate relationships.
How do you integrate spirituality into the therapy?
I am very comfortable integrating spiritual conversations into therapy sessions. Ultimately, clients determine how much or how little of their spiritual beliefs are brought into the therapy. I encourage clients to make their preferences known in the early sessions.
What happens in the first sessions?
The first session is used to get acquainted, discuss goals for therapy, ask questions, get some history of the concerns, and mutually determine if we are a good fit for working together. Discussing history often continues in subsequent sessions.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no set number of sessions needed to reach goals. Long-standing problems often take some time to heal and create new ways of navigating the future. We will periodically evaluate your goals and progress and make adjustments as needed.
Pre-Engagement and premarital counseling is usually completed in 6-12 sessions. However, some couples desire to continue working more deeply through relationship concerns and extend their sessions.
How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
I offer a 15-minute phone chat, prior to scheduling an appointment that allows you to ask questions and for both of us to get acquainted. In addition, most clients have a sense by the end of the first session if we will be a good match.