How long will therapy take and how often will we meet?
Therapy is a very individual process. There is no set amount of time it takes to complete or come to a stopping point. You and I will work together to identify treatment goals, understand the triggers to undesired feelings and behaviors, learn new coping skills, and draw upon already existing strengths and skills. In order to maximize the benefits of counseling, I recommend weekly treatment. However, some people choose to come more frequently, others less. Ideally, we will work together until a mutually agreed upon ending time, however you are free to terminate at any time.
What about payment?
Payment is due at the beginning of each session. I accept cash, checks and credit cards. I also work with some insurance panels.
The fee for a 50 minute session is $100.00. Should you mot be able to make your scheduled appointment, please be sure to cancel at least 24 hours in advance in order to avoid being charged for the full session.
In addition, you may be charged for work that is done outside of the session, such as letter writing or attending a school meeting for your child.
What about my personal information?
This is a very important topic. I am bound by law to keep all your information confidential. However there are some exceptions, which we will cover in depth during our initial session. I must report if you are at risk of harming yourself, or another, or if you are a minor and report any history of physical or sexual abuse. These are mandated by law and by the codes of my profession. Additionally, if you are using your insurance coverage, they may have the right to access treatment information as well as to require a mental health diagnosis.
If you are working with my teenager, can I know what is going on in sessions?
Generally speaking, just as with any adult client, I will not share information told to me by your child without their expressed consent. This important not just for legal reasons, but also helps your child know that they have a safe and neutral place to come and explore whatever is on their mind. However, if for any reason I believe your child may be at risk of harm, I may talk to you about their safety issues. My goal in working with young people is always to help them feel as positive about themselves and their relationships as possible. Whenever appropriate and agreed upon by your child, I include family members in their treatment.