My Approach to Helping
Therapy means developing a personal relationship in a neutral, safe, and judgment-free environment. Sometimes we all need someone who can listen. I believe that each of us is motivated and shaped by our relationships, including both early relationships and the relationships we have now, as well as those relationships we hope for in the future. The dynamic interplay between conscious and unconscious factors shape our preferences, personalities, and opinions. This, in turn, shapes our attitudes and behavior.
In my experience, people seek therapy when they want to make positive changes, improve their relationships, or get help with a challenging life issue. I enjoy helping families create richer and more fulfilling relationships. In fact, it's the reason I became a therapist.
More Info About My Practice
My individual session are $175 and my couples fee is $195. I accept Cigna, First Choice Health, Group Health, some BlueCross/BlueShield plans, and Molina insurance at this time. I am also willing to provide a bill so that you may seek reimbursement from your insurance at out-of-network rates.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
What their expectations are for therapy and how much effort they are willing to put into their wellness and recovery. Some individuals come to therapy seeking a magical solution to their issues when, in fact, it may be practical solutions that work best for them. Others expect to see immediate results when it may take some time before they see results. If we can define what their expectations, needs, and wants for therapy are, then we work at meeting their therapeutic goals.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
It is always the client who determines when therapy is complete. They will know when they reach that point when they say, "Hey, I'm doing pretty good. I can manage this on my own now." Of course, if there is any doubt, then we can work on that final resolution.
As for how long therapy takes and how often I see clients, that depends on the individual client and their reason for seeing me. For some, it may be once a week to start for 3 or 4 months and then scale back to every other week for a month or two before ending therapy. For others, it may be twice a week for two months. For others it may be every other week from the first session.
It really does depend on how the client wants to proceed versus what is clinically or therapeutically beneficial. Some clients may want only every other week and yet their reason for coming to see me may necessitate once a week for the first few weeks. Flexibility on the part of the client is important in this regard.