I have experience working with clients from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. As such, creating a safe space that fosters openness and vulnerability is one of my top priorities. I welcome all people interested in improving their lives.
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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.