My Approach to Helping
I am constantly inspired by the work people are willing to do to improve and strengthen their relationships. It is such a joy to partner with them along the way! My focus and training has been on how to communicate - knowing that our world is a web of connections and how we relate to other humans has a profound impact on our happiness and ability to navigate through life. With both couples and individuals, I focus on relationships and together we formulate clear goals and work to quickly find ways to shift old patterns.
One of the benefits of working with me is that I follow up every session with notes from our session sent directly to each client (using an encrypted email service) so that we have a permanent record of our work together as well as a reminder of what to focus on outside of my office. This additional service not only helps strengthen our relationship but helps me to keep the focus on working towards the goals we set together.
More Info About My Practice
My standard rate is $110 for a 60 minute session (post-session written follow up notes included in this rate). If bookkeeping is required (insurance claim filing, FSA receipts requiring a DSM code) my rate is $135 per 60 minute session which includes this additional service.
I keep approximately 20% of my appointments available for sliding scale clients who pay anywhere from $90-105/session. Call or email me to check on availability of this option.
Depending on your insurance benefits, I will submit to your insurance plan as an out of network provider and collect just your co-pay from you. I am happy to check on benefits for you prior to our first session. When billing insurance, I charge a bookkeeping rate of $135/session.
If you have any questions about insurance, give me a call and I can walk you through how to get clear information from your insurance plan!
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love working with people as they move from a really stuck place to finding ease and joy again in their marriages, partnerships, friendships, family connections. Our world is a web of relationships to by focusing my practice on relationship counseling I get to participate in changes that reach into every part of life.
I love direct communication both in sessions and outside of sessions so I offer an additional benefit to my clients of follow up notes sent to each person after every meeting. I use an encrypted email service to protect confidentiality. This communication serves to keep me connected to my clients as well as giving a permanent record of our work together even after we have said good-bye. I include in my notes some information about my choices as a therapist (why I did/said something, where I struggled in session) as well as what I noticed, what we worked on and what we determined would be good to work on outside of my office.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
In the first few weeks/months of therapy, I prefer to meet once a week so that we can get some traction and establish a secure relationship. After that, I check in with clients to see if they are ready to meet less frequently or if they prefer to stay on a weekly schedule. It is important that work be done outside of the therapy office and sometimes having a few weeks between sessions gives the needed time to do that work.
Although every client has different needs, as a counselor I tend to focus more on short-term rather than long-term therapy. Sometimes this means I only meet a few times with people. However, I typically work with clients for about 6 months to a year -- first meeting weekly and then moving to less frequent sessions. By the end of our work together, we might meet once a month for a few times just to be sure our work is complete.