This page offers some specific answers to questions regarding this practice that might be useful. Though most of the information can also largely be found intuitively by the well titled pages. This is a developing FAQ, so you can expect this list to grow over time. There is no real order or sequence in this list.
Do you accept Insurance?
This is the often the first question I tend to hear from a prospective client. The answer is "yes" I take insurance, but I am currently only on one panel. So if you are not a member of that insurance, there are still manageable cost options in receiving counseling. These include payment plans, out-of-network insurance billing, and a low income member-based counseling program. The page on Service Fees will provide more answers for you.
Do you have an office?
At this time I do not have an office. This actually is a good thing right now in a couple of ways. It allows me to be more mobile in creating space for a client where they might feel comfortable, while also removing high overhead costs. While it is traditional for counselors to see clients in a formal office setting, there is actually a growing movement to create counseling space in non-traditional environments. So, my practice embraces the innovative. I will meet clients in their homes, library private meeting rooms, a park, or by arrangement a subleased office through a supportive agency. Please feel free to contact me for further clarification.
How many sessions will it take to help me?
That really depends on you, but also the complexity of your issue. Some clients come to therapy for several months before they actually get started "doing the tough work" in therapy. That is to say, they dance around the issue for a while until they feel safe enough to open up to the meat and potatoes of the issue that brought them to therapy in the first place. It is almost never the first disclosed reason - not on a deep level anyway. "I'm having problems with my spouse", may actually turn into an examination of how you might be contributing to those problems, perhaps by looking at past relationships and finding trends that speak to your current issue. So, the process of therapy is very dynamic and unique from one client to the next. Each client whether consciously or subconsciously, will determine the timetable of counseling if they participate in the process openly and bravely.