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How does therapy work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. However, in general, sessions often include discussions about your daily life and relationships as we relate them to your larger goals. Sometimes, I use workbooks as a tool, and we work through the content in the book, again relating it to your real life issues.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.  I have seen clients for just a few sessions and I have seen clients for several years.

I want to get the most out of therapy. How can I make it be most effective?

Therapy is sometimes about having difficult discussions and sometimes it's about trying to do things in a different way.  Your experience will probably be most helpful if you bring Willingness--willingness to share your experiences, try new things, and tolerate some discomfort.

How long are sessions?

I see clients for roughly 50 minutes in a session.

How often do we meet?

I usually see people either weekly or every other week.  If you are going through a hard time, we might meet more often.  And as you feel better, we'll meet less often, sometimes even once a month.

How do I pay for sessions?  

The client portal is where you'll do lots of things--complete new client registration paperwork, sign forms, join the Telehealth sessions, and you can pay your fees with a credit/debit card as well.  You can always send me a check if you prefer.

How much do sessions cost?  

My standard fee is $140/session, $180 for a couples session.  If a session runs long, the charge might be a little more (although your copay won't change).  The charge isn't different for an intake session.  Most of my clients use their insurance or EAP (Employee Assistance Program) benefits, and so will only pay part or none of that cost. Your insurance benefits are a relationship between YOU and your insurance, not me.  If your insurance doesn't pay for some reason, I will work with you on that, but you are responsible for my fees.  You can see the range of my fees via a "Good Faith Estimate".  A sample of this form is available under the "Get Started" tab on this website.