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Frequently Asked Questions

How do we start?

You should have the best "fit" with your therapist when starting therapy.  We’ll begin with a free 20-minute phone or video consultation.  Use the contact form to schedule.

 

 

How do I set up an appointment?

Use the website contact form.  I will call you or reply by email. 

 

 

Can we meet in person? 

I offer in-person sessions on Wednesdays during the day.  My office is in Roseville.

 

 

What if I want to meet online?

Telehealth sessions are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

 

 

Do you have evening or weekend times?

There are a few late afternoon or evening appointments on Monday and Tuesday.  I do not see clients on weekends.

 

 

What are your appointment times?

Mondays             1:15, 2:30, 4:00, 5:15, and 7:15

Tuesdays             8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00

Wednesdays       8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00

Thursdays           8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 1:00

 

 

How often do we meet?

I recommend that we meet at least every other week in order to make progress toward your goals.  I often suggest meeting weekly for 2-3 months at the beginning of our work in order to get to know each other and get traction. 

How long does therapy last?

It depends on various factors, including the nature of your concerns, frequency of sessions, and your motivation and efforts to work toward the changes you want.  Feel free to ask me about your particular situation. 

What is couple therapy like?

At our first session, we'll talk about your concerns and goals.  I'll ask what it is like when you are not getting along and how you reconnect after a fight.  I'll explain the model I use, Emotionally Focused Therapy, which has a map to guide our work.  After our first meeting, I'll meet with each partner separately for one session to get to know you better and to learn about previous important relationships, including your family growing up.  Then we'll continue with couple sessions. 

 

The first stage of work work often takes at least 10-20 sessions to shift away from the negative patterns.  Once you feel more confident in your ability to stop fights (or distance) and to reconnect, then we deepen your relationship.  That is often another 8-15 sessions.  The last stage addresses any remaining concerns and makes sure you have a plan for continuing to thrive when you are no longer in couple therapy.

What is individual therapy like?

The Approaches page of the website tells you about options for your therapy.  I’ll listen to your concerns and make recommendations for ways we might address them.  There are some examples here for what that might look like. We’ll work together to develop a treatment plan, which we can adjust as needed.

Do you have a wait list?

I may have openings.  If I do not have current openings but think that I may in the next three months, I will add your name to a wait list. 

 

 

Do you do premarital counseling?

Yes!  Check the couple therapy page of the website for more information.

 

What if we’re not sure we’ll stay together?

Discernment Counseling could help you decide.  Learn more here.  Ask me about charges.

Do you offer workshops or classes?

A colleague and I have been offering Hold Me Tight® workshops for couples several times a year since 2016. 

We have one offering of the workshop each year (usually January or February) for therapists and their partners.

Other classes are planned for 2024.  Contact me to stay informed, or check back to this page on the website.

 

What does therapy cost?

The first session is 60-70 minutes and costs $250.  Subsequent 55-minute sessions are $200. 

 

 

Do you offer any discounts?

You may pay in advance for 5 regular therapy sessions at a discount of $20/session. These sessions must be used within a three-month period, and there are no refunds. (Rescheduling is allowed, as available, within the 3-month period.)

What about financial hardship?

A few openings are set aside to accommodate couples and individuals at a reduced rate when they are facing serious economic hardship. To explore the availability of a sliding fee scale, please contact me.

 

Do you take insurance?

I am out-of-network for all insurance companies.  You will pay me the full cost, and you will handle any/all interaction with your insurance.

 

If you have out-of-network benefits with your insurance company, I can provide you a “superbill” that you can submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.  Contact me for additional information, including questions you might ask your insurance company to learn about such benefits.

 

 

What payment do you accept?

Payment is due at time of service.  Telehealth clients will be enrolled in autopay to pay by credit card on file in your client portal.  If you prefer, you may enter an HSA or flexible spending account debit card for that purpose.  If you would like to pay by Zelle (transfer from your bank account to my business account), that is also possible and must be done before the session.

 

In-person sessions, have the additional option to pay by cash or check. 

 

 

Can I get a statement?

Yes.  An invoice is created for each session and will be marked paid when you have paid.  You may also request automatic monthly statements and/or superbills, or send me a note when you would like me to create one for you.

 

 

What if I have other questions?

Feel free to send them through the contact form or bring them up during a 20-minute free consult phone or video call.

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