What are your fees?
I charge $220 per hour for individuals, couples and families. Consultations are usually 1.5 hours, which is $330.
I’m not on any insurance panels. Each insurance carve-out is a little bit different. Those whose insurance plans include “out-of-network” mental health benefits are often able to get reimbursed a certain portion of each session.
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Will you just see my child, parents or the whole family?
That depends. With each family I work with, I assess how I can be most helpful. Sometimes that means that I primarily see the child or teen individually, other times, it varies depending on the session. When I can, I include parents, whether in family meetings and/or parent guidance sessions.
How do I know if this is the right time to begin therapy?
It’s not always clear-cut, but most people know. For adoptive parents, their intuition will tell them that something is wrong, for adoptees, they know that they’re feeling stuck or lost in some or many aspects in their lives. Getting help and opening up to a “stranger” can feel counter-intuitive. But, therapy can also be a wonderful, empowering experience.
How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me (or my child)?
I’ve been doing this for a long time. I have a calm, responsive, positive style. I also bring 20 years of work with adoptees and parents to the therapeutic table. But, there are a few questions that might be helpful to consider in your decision about me, or any other therapist. Can I learn to trust this person? Can I learn from this person? Can this person learn to understand me?
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.