Frequently Asked Questions
Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016
What can I expect the first time we meet?
Each individual, couple and family has their own unique way of relating. The first appointment is spent getting to know each other. You will be asked to complete some preliminary questionnaires that will provide me with a brief history about you. I'm a very curious person, so I ask a lot of questions. Sometimes just by answering these questions, we begin to see things in a different way. Mostly, we'll just talk about what you are experiencing right now. Then, we'll set some goals for what you would like to work on in therapy.
If my partner, ex, or other family members want to come, can I bring them?
Absolutely! This is your session. You can ask anyone you like to join with you.
I work full time. Are there weekend and evening appointments available?
Yes, there are weekend and evening appointments available. Also, for the first appointment, I can usually accommodate meeting with you within 24 to 48 hours.
Do you take insurance co-pays?
I value the privacy and confidentiality of all my clients. Using insurance invites a third party into our therapy sessions. Further, in order to submit claims to any insurance company on your behalf, I am expected to provide a mental health diagnosis. Couples therapy or other relational issues are not necessarily diagnosable issues, which means that I have to find one suitable enough for them to reimburse you for the session. This diagnosis is then placed in a database that will follow you throughout your life and may affect future insurance premiums that you pay for insurance. Ultimately, the dollars that you may save by paying for your session with a co-pay may add up to much higher monthly insurance premiums for you and your family. If you would like to submit your session fees to your insurance company on your own, I will be happy to provide you with an insurance invoice; but again keep in mind that all of the above applies.
How long is each session?
Individual and couples sessions are usually 60 to 90 minutes. However, some clients prefer to work more intensively and get to the heart of the problem in a more expedient manner. Intensive sessions work well for couples who have reached an impasse in their relationship and are struggling with whether to end it or fix it. They are also very convenient for couples who travel a lot or have less time to spend on a weekly basis. During an intensive session you will be able to address the intense emotional feelings you are experiencing, set goals for the relationship and begin to develop the tools you will need to move forward. After intensives, a monthly follow-up session may be required to reinforce what you have learned.
Does therapy really help?
Studies have shown that effective therapy is multi-dimensional and includes developing a therapeutic alliance between therapist and client(s), commitment to the process, motivation, and the ability to be open to new perspectives and ideas that are presented in a safe, non-judgmental manner. We believe that you, as the client, have all the resources within yourself to create or rediscover the life you truly are meant to live. Therapy can help.
How do I get started?
The easiest way to get started is to click here so that you can leave me all of your contact information.
The next step is to click here and we will be happy to contact you. Or you can call us at: 561-715-6404.
Telephone conversations are confidential and for the sole purpose of determining whether you think this would be a good fit for you.
We will then schedule a full 60-minute session.
Prior to coming in, you can preview the pre-session questionnaires and even print them out and complete them prior to our session.