I found your page, and it speaks to me. Now what? Pick up the phone and give me a call. I offer a free 30 minute phone consult in order for us to get to know each other and see if we are comfortable with each other. If we agree, we will schedule an appointment to get started.
What is therapy like? Particularly if you have never been to therapy, it can seem weird and daunting. Just know that, in some ways, it will look a lot like a regular conversation. I ask questions; you answer them--or not. Maybe we do an activity--maybe some art or a mindfulness activity. To be honest, It may look different from person to person and even from session to session. Therapy is driven by your own goals and your own story. In the beginning, we usually take some time to understand your issues and your history. However, as we begin to understand your goals, we may stop and explore certain issues, take time to develop strategies, or just take the time to reflect on your challenges or your highlights. I may suggest topics of discussion or activities, but in the end, therapy is up to you.
Do we have to meet on a set schedule? When we first decide to meet, we will set up a convenient time for the both of us. The expectation is that we will meet at the same time every week for roughly 50 minutes, or up to 110 minutes if you are part of a couple or family. My schedule can be fairly rigid, in that most people like to come in at the same time every week. However, I will try and be flexible, if necessary. Just know that schedule flexibility is not always available.
Do I have to come every week? Especially at the beginning, in order to build a sense of safety and to really get a good understanding of what therapy is for you, once a week is best practice. And consistency really is the most effective way of making change. The work you do in therapy stays with you as it is explored and refined every week, and somehow, by working on these changes with someone, you feel accountable to yourself to keep the work up. It's not my intention for you to come in to therapy forever, but it is my intention for therapy to feel and be effective. From experience, I've seen that the people who come consistently are the people who are ready to do the work, and the ones who are most likely to get the most out of therapy.
How much is it? And can I use a credit card? My fee is $185 for a 50 minute session and $250 for a 110 minute session. While I prefer cash or check, I can take credit card. As well, there are a limited amount of sliding scale spots. Feel free to ask me about those.
Do you take insurance? At this time, the office does not take insurance. Why? While it can feel that you are paying less for your therapy, my feeling is that using insurance can make treatment difficult. Insurance places some constraints on your therapy that may not work to your best advantage. I can provide a superbill for you to give to your insurance company, and you will have to negotiate what you will get back from them. For more information on this, please read the Fee and Insurance page.
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So much paperwork! Do I have to fill it all out? At the start of treatment, I will send you out a packet of paperwork to fill out. This packet includes and explains office policy in more detail, as well as allows you to fill out a history that can give me a better idea of who you are and what you want to work on. Sometimes you can leave out very important information in session. Maybe you don't believe that it will be an issue or maybe you just forget. And this is why I have you fill out a comprehensive history. Better to know up front! It may affect your treatment. So yes please, fill out the paperwork. You may not believe it, but it is helpful.
What is the cancellation policy? I ask that you give me 24 hours notice if you cannot make it in to session. This will give me some time to possibly schedule another client in your spot. I do understand that there may be some emergency situations where you won’t be able to call me within the 24 hour time frame, and we can discuss these situations more during session.
To schedule a brief consultation, call me at (818) 253-4829 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.