ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
HOW DO I KNOW THAT YOU’RE THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR ME?
I may not be. Choosing the right therapist is the most important decision you will make in this process. I encourage my patients to find someone they feel the most comfortable with, so that they can achieve the best results. Some factors that may or may not affect your decision in choosing a therapist may include: gender, race, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. If you are concerned about any of these or any other specific issue, I encourage you to ask about them during your consultation.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
When exploring personal emotions and thoughts, it is not uncommon for deeper conflicts to become uncovered. The length of your process depends on what you bring into the room and how far you want to explore it. Each session is scheduled at the same time every week and lasts for 50 minutes. The cost for each session is $170. A 50 minute consultation is offered to new clients for $80. A sliding scale is available based on individual needs. Fees are payable by credit card, cash or check.
MY RELATIONSHIP IS IN TROUBLE, SHOULD I BRING MY PARTNER WITH ME?
Yes! Couples therapy is for people who are married, people seeking divorce, as well as for individuals dating. People who have felt that their relationship is “stuck” or feel misunderstood by their partner can learn new ways to connect and communicate with the person they care about in therapy. If there is a need for individual sessions, that may also be recommended in conjunction with your regularly scheduled appointments. Couples counseling can help you rebuild your relationship or support you in your decision to end your commitment and aid in navigating through feelings of resentment, anger and sadness.
WHY DO I NEED A THERAPIST? CAN’T I JUST TALK TO MY FRIENDS?
Speaking to your family and friends during the therapy process is encouraged, however, a therapist looks at your issues from an objective point of view with no personal or previous involvement. Therapists are professionally trained as listeners to help you get to the root of your problems and guide you to a solution.
I AM TOTALLY NORMAL. ISN’T THERAPY FOR MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE THAT CAN’T HANDLE THEIR PROBLEMS?
Therapy may have a stigma of being for people with mental illness, however this is the furthest thing from the truth. Therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need asistance from someone. Therapy helps you learn tools and techniques to improve your intimate relationships and quality of life.
I NEED A LOT OF ADVICE. CAN YOU FIX MY PROBLEMS?
During our therapy sessions, I will not be giving you advice. Together we will focus on the unhealthy patterns and symptoms in your life that you may want to change. As a therapist I will be providing support and will be your guide, but you still have to do the work.