So you're thinking about starting therapy...

Starting the process

The 15-Minute Phone Consultation is a free service I offer prospective clients. This begins the important process of getting to know each other. I will provide space for any questions that arise, including a discussion of presenting concern(s), goals for therapy, and how I might be helpful. At the end of the phone call, if desired, we will schedule an Initial Assessment.

The Initial Assessment is the first actual session. It begins with a review of the informed consent for participation in therapy. It's important to understand confidentiality, its limits, client rights, and also discuss the logistics of therapy (scheduling, payment etc.) before getting started. That way these aspects don't distract from the therapeutic work. Individual clients should plan for this session to last 60 minutes and be billed at the hour-long rate, $125 (rate is $135 for all sessions for couples). The bulk of this hour-long session is spent discussing the presenting concern and garnering background information. At the end of this session, if clients wish to proceed and it's agreed that the fit is right, clients are considered "Active" in my system. 

Active Clients can be scheduled flexibly depending on availability and openings in the schedule. Once a client is considered active, he or she should complete the Client Questionnaire (available for download on forms page) and bring it into the next session. If an Active Client wishes to be seen regularly, he or she should let me know that they would like to become a "Recurring Client" and then I will notify them weekly about the availability of recurring spots.

Recurring Clients attend therapy each week or every other week at the same time. As their work in therapy nears completion, clients and the therapist may decide to step back down to the "Active" level and titrate their sessions.

In the mean time

Look for a good fit with the therapist. Research supports the importance of a good connection in the relationship between client and therapist. Take time to meet with a couple of different providers to determine if your therapist is the right fit. Trust is important in this relationship.

Develop goals for therapy. Most clients have some idea of what they want to work on when they seek out therapy. It can be helpful to think about specific goals that you would like to achieve during this process. The client questionnaire on the forms page of this website can be helpful in goal development.

Client testimonials:

To summarize the impact that working with Jason has had on my life is near impossible. Transformative, refining and illuminating are the three words that come to mind first. He has a unique ability to meet someone where they are at, help them embrace their edges and pursue a path towards their authentic self. Perhaps it is Jason’s appreciation for literature that gives him the patience to sit with people while their true and authentic self develops. His genuine curiosity and stability in uncertainty allowed me to establish the much needed trust it takes to be vulnerable and get at the core issues.
— M.B.
I always felt safe, secure, and respected while working with Jason. My thoughts and ideas – while flawed in the midst of my disorder – were never censored, edited, or constrained in any way. Jason is professional yet personal, able to work with his clients as friend and patient, teacher and student. It’s clear that Jason works not for money or prestige, but out of a deep sense of love and respect for others.
— L.P.
I can honestly say Jason is one of the most valuable proponents of my recovery process. He is direct and challenging, while still providing unyielding support and compassion, which is instrumental for working with people with eating disorders. Jason has changed the course of my life and I can now live freely.
— A.S.
Jason not only helped me to appreciate food and my body but life as a whole. We didn’t only work on my relationship with food but also my relationship with others and myself. With his guidance, I was able to see just how closely the two intertwined. My life has become about more than just NOT having an eating disorder in my future, but about all that I can have instead. It’s a much more fulfilled and present life than I could have ever imagined.
— M.G.