How do I know if we're a good fit?
Engaging in therapy is a significant commitment of time and resources, and finding a therapist who is a good match is important. I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation so we can talk together about your specific situation and needs, give you a sense of how I work, and address any initial questions you may have. If you'd like to move forward, we can then meet in person for an initial 50-minute session. Deciding to work together should be based at least in part by how comfortable you feel with me, and whether you feel like I understand you and your needs. I view therapy as a collaborative process, so during our work together we will periodically check in about your thoughts and feelings related to therapy so that we can best tend to your needs and wants.
What are your fees?
My fee for a 50-minute session for individual and couples therapy falls within the mid-range for the Bay Area. Please call me to discuss my current rates. I do have a few reduced-fee slots for those in financial need, particularly for clients who work in care-giving fields with limited income (beginning therapists, social justice workers, home health providers). If you feel that my fee is not doable for you, please talk with me directly and we can discuss payment options. I am also happy to offer you referrals to lower-fee providers and training centers. While I do not bill insurance directly, I can provide detailed receipts which you may use for possible reimbursement from your insurance and/or your Health Savings Account. It will be your responsibility to first confirm that your insurance carrier allows for a reimbursement option.
How often do we meet?
For therapy to be most effective, meeting at least weekly is the best option. Some clients choose to come in twice a week, particularly during times of crisis or just to ensure a more deep and consistent therapy process. At times, individuals and couples have asked me about meeting every other week. I have found that meeting biweekly often means that sessions are spent "catching up" on events rather than allowing for a deeper and more helpful exploration of thoughts and feelings. I do consider every other week sessions for clients who have been working with me for a significant period of time and who may have schedules or situations that no longer allow for weekly sessions.
How long will it take?
The length of time in therapy will depend on a variety of factors: the issues that brought you in, the intensity of your symptoms, your motivation to incorporate new skills and practices, and any unforeseen events that take place during the course of therapy. While it can feel uncomfortable entering therapy not knowing the exact course of treatment, I encourage you to take one step at a time. We will continually check in during our work together to assess your goals and progress, and whether we are meeting your needs.