Therapy Process

WHAT IS THE THERAPY PROCESS?

Participating in therapy can result in many benefits, such as better understanding of your personal goals and values, improved interpersonal relationships, and resolution of specific concerns that brought you to therapy.  Working towards these benefits requires energy and commitment, and can bring about strong feelings such as anger, sadness, or fear.  It may require you to face some painful memories or difficult circumstances.  Initially, clients may feel anxious for change to occur rapidly.  However, emotions, thoughts, attitudes, habits, and relationship patterns that have developed over the years will take some time to change.

Therapy is a safe place for you to explore issues, identify problems, integrate new learning, and take positive action. Early sessions will be used to clarify your concerns, examine your expectations of therapy, set goals, take history, and develop a working relationship between the client and therapist. Issues related to emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual well-being are interrelated and may need to be addressed to work toward healing and wholeness.

Therapy is not done for you, or to you, but with you.  This collaborative process works best when you are honest about your goals, your resources, and your perceptions of the work we are doing together.

Fees

I work on a fee-for-service basis.  I don’t accept health insurance, however I am happy to provide a receipt/ insurance statement for you.  Many of my clients have been able to receive partial reimbursement, sometimes up to 50%, when they submit a receipt/statement to their insurance.  Please check your medical insurance policy to see how much you will be reimbursed for mental health out-of-network providers.

If you need to cancel a session, I appreciate you giving me at least 24 hours notice as there are many times another client may have needed to take that additional session time.  Thank you.

Confidentiality

All information between therapist and client is strictly confidential unless:
a.    the client authorizes release of information with a signature
b.    the therapist is ordered by a court to release information
c.    a client presents a physical danger to self or others
d.    child or elder abuse or neglect is suspected

In the latter two cases, we are required by law to inform potential victims and legal authorities so that protective measures can be taken.