What should I expect if I’ve never met with a therapist before?
The first appointment is an opportunity to meet, to discuss whatever issue or issues have encouraged you to seek treatment, and for you to get a sense of how the therapist works and if it’s a good “fit”, which is an important factor in therapy. A good compatibility between therapist and client is one of the best predictors for positive outcomes in therapy. This meeting is also a good time to discuss desired duration of treatment, how often sessions occur, and fee related arrangements discussed and agreed upon.
How long does each session last and how often do appointments occur?
A therapy hour is typically 50 minutes long, leaving a little time at the end of the hour for scheduling issues, etc. I will never end the session abruptly based on time in the middle of an important ‘moment’ in session, so occasionally it might be a few minutes longer if needed. Appointment frequency is usually based on factors such as level of distress, expressed need or desire for more or less frequent meetings, and what the goal for treatment is. Ideally, whatever is causing distress can be resolved in a limited number of sessions and the client is free to decide from there the frequency of “maintenance” sessions. Some clients may want to be seen 2-3 per week, for others in maintenance it may be once or twice per month. Initially, weekly meetings are typically the norm.
What if I need to cancel an appointment, or reschedule?
Life happens. Because of this, I make myself available by providing multiple avenues of contact for client convenience, including text and email. I ask for 24 hours notice for cancellations or appointment changes, but if that’s not possible at least 6 hours notice is requested to avoid the $50.00 cancellation/no show fee.
Do you take insurance? How is the fee structured?
Yes, please note the insurance accepted on the About and Home pages of this website. In addition to private insurance, I accept private pay clients. Insurance is billed weekly and copay is requested at the end of session by CC, FSA card, cash or check.
How soon can I expect to feel better, or see results?
Relief and better functioning is typically seen within about 2 months or 8 weeks of treatment, and up to 75% of people who are in regular therapy report feeling significantly better after 6 months. This is based on a number of factors, but engagement in treatment, a good working relationship with your therapist, and a good support system ( which can be increased as a goal of treatment) are strong positives for good therapeutic results. My goal is to assist clients to feel better, reduce anxiety, reduce relationship stress and increase adaptive functioning as quickly as possible. I think of it in some ways like riding a bike- once you initially learn how to do something with assistance, you can practice these skills and build a solid repertoire of abilities that will always be available to you, in times of stress. This is the ultimate goal of therapy, self efficacy and a sense that you are in control of your own life and relationships.
Thank for taking the time to get to know my practices and policies, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions.
Be well 🙂