Why do people seek therapy?
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Between sessions it is beneficial for the client to use the time to reflect on and process what was discussed in therapy. At times, the client may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as suggested reading or exercises or journaling. For therapy to be the most effective the client needs to be responsible for their participation in the process, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
How long is a therapy session?
How often will we meet?
What if I do not know what my goals are for therapy?
How to choose a sex therapist:
I have never seen a counselor before, what can I expect?
Therapy begins with one or two, one hour sessions, of evaluation and assessment. During the assessment sessions, we will complete intake questionnaires, gathering detailed information regarding your presenting concerns, your family history, health and medical history, relationship status, work status and discuss your concerns. We will also discuss potential goals for therapy and treatment planning at the evaluation and assessment period. Following the evaluation and assessment sessions, sessions will then be 50 minutes and will entails, discussing and exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. These sessions are a place to review and practice communication skills, problem solve concerns and learn new perspectives. The frequency and duration of therapy will also be discussed. Typical session duration and frequency is one session per week for 12 sessions. However, some people seek longer term therapy.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
Do I have mental health benefits?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
How much do you pay for an out-of-net provider?
Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
Is primary care physician approval required?
Is therapy confidential?
However, there are number of exceptions to this rule.
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission to ensure their safety.
How do you protect my privacy?
Examples of ways in which therapists protect the confidentiality of their clients include:
All communications between a client and a psychotherapist will not be disclosed without written permission from the client.
The psychotherapist will receive permission form clients before leaving any information on voicemail, emails and text messages.
The psychotherapist will not acknowledge to outside parties that a client is attending therapy and when or if the client has an appointment.
The psychotherapist will not discuss the contents of therapy with a third party without the explicit permission from the client.
What if I am a high-profile person?
Do you provide sessions over the phone or via Skype?
What are your session fees?
$500 for Initial Assessment Session (60 minutes)
$450 for On-going Couple Sessions (50-60 minutes)
$400 for Initial Assessment Session (60 minutes)
$350 for On-going Sessions (50 minutes)
Documentation preparation and Assessments may require additional fees. Any fees will be discussed and confirmed before completion.
A 15-minute phone consultation available upon request at no cost
Reduced fee services are available and are based on need.
What are your hours of operation?
Alternative hours and weekend appointments are based on special arrangement