Frequently Asked Questions
Most people have questions about what to expect in therapy......
Here are a few that I can answer for you. I am sure you have more and I would love to answer those by providing a FREE phone consultation. Call me at 916-426-2757 to schedule a time.
Most people can benefit from counseling services at some point in their lives. Seeking professional support is a sign of good coping skills and intelligence, not a sign of weakness. Counseling gives you the benefit of an outside perspective that is quite different from you talking with your friends and family.
The feeling of being stuck is usually what brings most people to counseling. Sometimes people feel stuck in a dissatisfying career, relationship, mood, thought pattern, or destructive patterns of behavior. People may approach their “stuckness” or problems in the same ways, each time hoping for different results. What is necessary is a change in strategy. A new approach. A therapist is able to offer an objective and caring perspective, utilizing your strengths, to help you move forward. Clarifying your strengths and values, identifying possibilities for your future and unblocking emotions will usually bring relief, clarity, awareness and a renewed energy to face life’s challenges.
Who do you work with?
My clients are intelligent, successful people who are struggling in an area of their life (relationship issues, life changes, depression, anxiety, parenting issues) and really want to find lasting change. They are willing and motivated to do the work, looking for insight and tools, and practicing new thoughts and behaviors.
When do you meet with clients?
I have day and evening appointments available, and occasional Saturdays. My goal is to find a time that is a good fit for you (and your partner or family members, if it applies) and schedule that as your regular time. Sometimes it means taking the next appointment and working with our calendars to find a spot that fits each week for you.
How often do you see clients?
Usually, to start, I see people weekly. Most people are hurting a lot when they finally come to therapy so weekly usually works. As people begin to feel better, we reevaluate and move to every 2 weeks or to what suits you as you begin to feel relief and reach your goals. I can schedule "intensives" where we do 2-3 hour blocks (with a short break in between) if that better suits your schedule.
What Can I Expect?
The first session we will get to know each other, what the problem is and what a treatment plan might be. I want to be clear with you on how long I think it will take to get you to your goals and a general idea of what we will be doing to reach those goals. I like to help you by giving you an idea of where I am going with treatment and to also give you tools that you can take with you when therapy is over.
Do I have to rehash my past and blame my parents?
The past affects us. In how we think, how we relate, and what we believe. It is important for me to get an idea of your history so that I know how that affects you in the present, but I also don't believe in staying there too long. I am not interested in blaming your parents, your children or your spouse. I am sure you want to focus on what you can change, and that is you and your beliefs and actions. We will together work on ways to improve your present situation and improve your present and future life.
How long is therapy?
Therapy appointments last either 50 minutes or 80 minutes (longer sessions if desired). Each person and situation is different. I see most clients usually from 8-20 sessions, but how long we meet is always up to you. How long usually depends on the goals you would like to achieve, your commitment to the change, and how much change you would like to do.
How do you work with clients?
I tailor our work to meet your specific needs. I am trained in many different ways of helping people. After you and I clearly identify what the problem is and what you would like to see change in your life, we will discuss options for change. Research has shown that having a good fit between the therapist and client is more important than the specific tools that I use. So I will work to develop trust in the relationship and make sure that you feel comfortable with whatever tool is being used.
What if I am not sure about counseling?
Going to counseling the first time can be scary. You may not know what to expect, You may think that you just need to handle this problem by yourself. I will do my best to walk you through the process and answer any questions that you have. Your first session is really an evaluation session that allows us to get to know one another. You are under no obligation to continue with counseling if it doesn't feel like a good fit for you.
What insurance do you take?
I am not on any insurance panels as an “in network provider”. You can inquire about reimbursement from your insurance company for an “out of network provider” Many companies will pay a portion of your investment and I will provide you a statement of services that you can submit.
Therapy is also often an expense that you can use with your Flexible Spending/Health Savings Account.
I do accept Victim Witness
What type of payment do you accept?
Cash, Checks and Credit Cards.
How do I make an appointment?
You can call me at 916-426-2757, text me at 530-320-3384 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I am not immediately available, please leave a message with some days and times that might work for you and I will call you back within 24 hours to schedule an appointment.