How long and how many times a week is a typical session?
Sessions are between 30, 45, and 60 minutes, depending on the needs and wants of the client. Family and group sessions are 60 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning, then, as time goes on, less frequently. The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are.
How long will I be in counseling?
The length of time a client is in counseling depends on the nature of the problem and the goals of the counseling. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to receive counseling for a longer period.
Will our sessions be kept confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse, 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 ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
How much are your fees and do you take insurance?
Your fee depends on the kinds of services you request. Payment by cash or check is expected at the time of your appointment unless other arrangements have been discussed and agreed upon in advance. Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis. If a financial concern arises during the course of our work together, please feel free to discuss it with me. Due to the constraints placed on both therapists and their clients, I do not accept insurance directly. However, your health insurance company may reimburse your treatment. It is important that you familiarize yourself with your mental health benefits since many plans differ. I will gladly provide you with a bill of service, which you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement as outlined by your plan.
Do I need to take medications?
As a therapist, I am not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication is warranted. If this is the case, I can help you with the referral process.