Fees for Services
I offer a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation. During the initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to explain your needs. If you would prefer to request this via email (use the contact form), this option is available, however I find that a verbal conversation may be easier to communicate your needs. I encourage you to ask questions, so you can make an informed choice as to whether my services are the right fit for you.
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
While the cost of therapy may seem unreal, here are some things to consider, about your investment:
It has proven to be that psychotherapy is effective in that makes people feel better and improves their relationships with others*. However, psychotherapists/counselors do not have working magic wands, unfortunately. While there are no guarantees of results, the relationship between the therapist and the client is the single most important factor to determine the success of your services. Feeling comfortable with your therapist provides you with an opportunity to trust the therapist's abilities and allows you to get the most out of your services. I believe in a collaborative, strength based, client centered approach.
Often times, you might hesitate to seek therapy due to stigma or being labeled, or the assumption of stuffiness of the profession itself or associating it with academics. I believe in getting to know you, to understand your world, and how you make sense of it, in order to establish a therapeutic connection, and provide the therapeutic space to connect on a human level beyond our titles and the associated images with titles. I am a human first, and a therapist and academic second.
Lastly, there is no specific number of sessions that are required. It is also dependent on the issue you are seeking services for etc. You may feel better in the first session, others in 4 or 5. The usual time that clients seek services is between 8-12 sessions for lasting improvement, depending on the concern. When adding the cost of this, it is less than some of the popular name brand cell phones with payments for one year. While a cell phone is a much needed item for survival in our society today, I would ask you to weigh in on what it means for you to have the potential of improved circumstances and to feel better.
I offer the same 50 minute session rate for an individual, couple, or family. The fee per session is $140; for current students with a valid student id, the fee is $110. I do not take any insurance at this time, however, I would be happy to provide you with a receipt or any additional paperwork needed for your insurance company to reimburse you (a super-bill). Depending on availability, I may have space for those with financial difficulty, on a case by case basis only. This sliding scale will be provided on a limited time basis. Please discuss your situation with me.
*If you are seeking long term therapy pertaining to the reason you are seeking services, please discuss your situation with me, and we can discuss financial options. *
The First session: What do I expect?
If you have never been in therapy before, you may feel some initial hesitation, nerves, or anxiety about what happens during the course of the therapy hour. Feel free to ask any questions about the therapeutic process, the course of treatment, or any other questions, pertaining to psychotherapy. Usually what happens in the first meeting, is a discussion of the reason you are seeking services, and some discussion of how you made the decision to make the initial appointment, and some relevant history. In order to make a comprehensive assessment, the first one or two sessions will be mostly filled with questions, to gain some background on your situation. We will also be discussing the forms that you will be asked to bring to the first meeting. These forms include information about confidentiality, the process of therapy, and more. You may also fill them out before session, but please allot time for this by arriving early.