Sessions are 50 minutes long. In some cases, depending on your needs, we can arrange to meet for longer sessions, or for multiple sessions during the week.
Length of therapy:
The length of our work together will be a question we visit over time. Among other things, it depends on what your goals are and how much prior experience you have in therapy. Our experience is that, once you decide that the therapy seems useful, the results will come more quickly depending on the depth of commitment to the work. The effort you put in will likely be one of the best investments in your life. We utilize EMDR therapy, in part, because of how it speeds the process of healing in general. We will do our best to get you the relief from struggles and symptoms as efficiently and as effectively as possible.
What to expect:
Before you call to make an appointment with a therapist, you often want to know whether the therapist has experience or expertise dealing with a particular age group, a particular problem. Our practice includes work with individuals, teens, and children and covers a multitude of issues and symptoms.
Making an Appointment:
Many people feel reluctant to start psychotherapy because they don't know what to expect. Sessions are fifty minutes long. Before the first time, you can either fill out our forms online, or you can come early and fill out forms in the waiting room. The forms (Personal Information and Consent for Treatment) explain our policies on confidentiality, fees, and other aspects of our practice. Confidentiality is a pillar of building trust in therapy. Thus, we hold our conversations with clients in the strictest confidence. The exceptions to the rule of confidentiality are dictated by law. During the initial consultation we discuss any questions you might have about our policies and the law. Your initial session is a time for you to assess your comfort level with your therapist, as well as for your therapist to take an adequate history of your struggles, family history, and life events. We will ask you to tell us more about your circumstances so that we can begin to understand the nature of your dilemmas. We may ask questions to learn more about your dilemma(s). We might also ask questions to help clarify the situation so that we can better understand it. It is very important to determine whether you feel comfortable talking with your therapist. To that end, we ask that you to keep track of your comfort level, thoughts and feelings along the way and always feel free to discuss that with us.
We have created a practice that is confidential and discrete in order to meet the special privacy needs of our clients. Our communications with our clients are held in the strictest of confidence. We adhere to, and to the extent possible, exceed the mandates of state and federal law as well as professional ethics regulations regarding confidentiality. These laws and regulations are designed to create a safe environment for clients to openly discuss sensitive issues. During the initial session, you will receive a form describing the rules of confidentiality. At that time we can discuss any questions or concerns you might have about confidentiality.
Therapy frequently requires an investment in time, emotional and intellectual energy, and finances, just as other investments such as a college education might require. Please call or text us for our current fees. Payment is handled at the beginning of each session. Many people are concerned about the cost of therapy and would like to use health insurance to pay for therapy. Although we do not accept insurance reimbursement directly, we can assist clients who would like to submit appropriate forms to insurance on their own. If a client would like to submit forms for reimbursement to their insurance, we can discuss their benefits and the insurance process during the initial consultation.
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