What should you expect in a therapy session?
The first session will generally last 60 minutes. We will focus on the issue(s) that you would like to address and identify the goals that you would like to achieve. I will collect relevant background information and complete required administrative paperwork. Each subsequent session will be 45 to 60 minutes long. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions. Weekly sessions allow us to gain the traction we need to quickly and effectively resolve your problems.
How often do we meet?
Most clients attend individual therapy once a week. If you are in crisis or experiencing extreme distress we may meet two or more times a week for an agreed upon period of time. For therapy to work, you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
How long does it last?
Therapy can be as short as 3 or 4 sessions, for smaller more specific problems, or longer for more complex issues. The length of therapy depends on the issues being addressed and the amount of relief or resolution the client wishes to achieve.
How much will therapy cost?
This really depends on your health care coverage and the specific therapy you choose. For more information click on the insurance and fee page.
Do you accept insurance?
I am a network provider for most of the major insurance carriers. If you don’t see your carrier listed on the information and fee page, feel free to inquire. This information changes frequently.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes, all communications between a client and a counselor/psychotherapist are protected as privileged and confidential under state and federal law. Information is never disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. These exceptions involve the threat of harm. This threat of harm must be real, imminent, and not hearsay. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or elder abuse. Therapists are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. Therapists must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. Therapists make every effort to enlist the cooperation of the client in insuring safety. If the client refuses to cooperate, further measures may be taken without permission in order to ensure safety.