FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How do I find the right therapist for myself or my relationship?
A. Therapy is supposed to be a collaborative process. The most critical piece to successful therapy is the relationship you build with your therapist. If you don't feel comfortable, how are you going to share your life situation?
If possible, have a general idea regarding what your goals/expectations are for your therapy. If you have an idea what you want, this can better help you determine what experience, specialties and/or training you would like your therapist to have.
A telephone consultation can be a good way to get some initial questions answered. This is your opportunity to ask about a therapist's education, training, credentials, and approach to therapy.
Q. How many sessions will I/we need to attend to solve the problem?
A. Each person/family is unique; therefore, there is no average number of sessions. Treatment will continue until you decide you have achieved your goals and are ready to be on your own. Some individuals/couples/families come in for just a few sessions (i.e. 3 or 4), while others work more long term in therapy. My goal is to help you gain the skills to successfully maneuver the challenges that life brings.
Q. How often will we meet?
A. Weekly sessions, particularly at the start of therapy, are helpful in building trust and rapport between client and therapist. Weekly appointments may also help make more rapid progress towards their goals. As skills are gained and treatment goals are attained, many find that less frequent sessions are possible. Each situation is different, and frequency can be adjusted as necessary.
Q. What about confidentiality?
A. Therapy is a safe and private place to work through challenges. All visits and records are confidential. No one will be informed of your participation in counseling without your specific request for a release of information in writing.
However, there are legal limitations to confidentiality. These limitations include, but are not limited to, reporting child, elder, and dependent adult abuse; when a client makes a reasonable threat of violence towards a reasonably identifiable victim; when the client is dangerous to him/herself, another person, or the property of another; or when there is a court order.
If confidentiality (or the limitations) is a concern for you, please be sure to mention this to me at our first meeting. I will be happy to discuss your concerns further.
Q. Do you take insurance?
A. I do, and I am happy to check your benefits.
I currently work with:
- United Health Care
- Regence BC/BS
Q. Do you do a free first session?
A. I am all about finding the right match between therapist and client. After all, this is important, personal stuff and you want to get better. Though I do not offer a free first session, and this is why. Over the years, I have tried various business approaches and recorded their success rates. Interestingly, people who ask/come for a free first session almost never return. In fact, over 5 years, only 2 out of 40 returned for a second or third session. So, how will we get to know one another? Please read through my website to get a feel for my work. Then, call me. We can chat and see if it works.
Q. Do you see individuals about couple issues?
A. Absolutely! My practice is focused on the study of relationships. That includes couples, individuals, and family dynamics (parent/child).
Q. Do you see teens without parents?
A. Yes, I see a great deal of teens. I am also a seasoned parent.