A: Fees are $125.00 per 50 minute session, if you pay at the time of service.
If you are billed then the fee goes up to my full rate of $150.00. Group
therapy is 175.00 per month which involves 4 weeks of 2 hours each week,
for a 6 month commitment.
Q: Are the fees the same if I'm alone or if I bring in 5 members of my family?
A: Yes the rates are based on time, not number of people in the room,
or even the nature of the issue being addressed.
Q: How long does therapy take?
That depends on the individual, the issues that are being dealt with
and how willing they are to do homework. Time in therapy can range from
a few weeks to a number of years. In the ground breaking book "A General
Theory of Love", the authors suggest that it usually takes between 3-5 years
to "rewire" the physiology to reflect the new thoughts, so you might grasp
concepts quickly, but unless there is good follow through, with a lot of
practice in new thoughts and behaviors, you will most likely be frustrated
with what you know, but are unable to do on a consistent basis.
My preference is to work with people over a longer period of time, less
frequently, to ensure some level of integration. So you may start doing
weekly sessions for a month or two, then reduce to every 2 or 3 weeks,
next you might meet every 6 weeks, etc. This seems to work really well
for most clients.
Q: What if I don't want to read or do homework recommendations? Does
that mean my therapy won't work?
A: Not at all, but it may mean that your progress will go more slowly
than if you'll do some consistent homework or practice the new skills.
Q: Do you prescribe medication?
A: No, only qualified medical personnel can prescribe, which includes psychiatrists.
Q: Can I bring a friend with me for my sessions?
A: Because the sessions are in some ways directed by your needs, of course
you may bring a friend if you think that can be helpful.
Q: Do you do any testing?
A: Yes, I often will suggest that you take tests, surveys or personality
inventories if I think it can be clarifying and helpful in setting and
reaching your goals.
Q: What is your group therapy?
A: Group therapy is a form of counseling where we meet together with 12-16
other individuals. The group that I facilitate meets once per week for 2
hours and requires a 6 moth commitment. During that time the same
individuals meet and work helping each other with strategies,
suggestions and understanding. It is a very useful form of therapy that
can often accomplish amazing breakthroughs.
Q: What does it mean that you are a "Marriage and Family Therapist"?
A: Marriage and Family therapists are trained specifically to deal with
interaction between couples and family members. We focus on working together
as a coequal team with you, rather than seeing you as a patient who needs
to be fixed. That's why we refer to the people who seek our services as
"clients" not "patients". We specialize in relationship quality.
Q: How long does it take to be a trained Marriage and Family Therapist?
A: It varies from program to program, but usually an MFT has an undergraduate
degree, a graduate degree and then a 3-5 year internship. So average time
to a full clinical license is approximately 9-11 years.
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