1. What actually happens in a counseling session?

Such questions as “What happens in counseling? And “What am I supposed to talk about?” are very common ones for someone beginning counseling. In many ways, you determine the answers to those questions since counseling is a highly personal, unique and private experience.

The early part of the therapy process will focus on developing a vision and setting goals about what you want to move toward and accomplish through the counseling process. We’ll talk about your strengths and resources, and also discuss the particular patterns, thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to and limit your progress toward your goals.

My role in this process is to encourage, guide and clarify your self-understanding and decision-making. Sessions may conclude with an “assignment” that encourages further thought, reflection and observation outside the office setting.

2. Do you have any particular specialty areas?

I specialize in working with adults, either individually or through couple counseling. Most adults lead complex lives, juggling various aspects of family interests, work demands, relationship needs and self-development. At certain times, any of these areas may generate degrees of stress and confusion and create a physical, emotional or interpersonal imbalance. My specialty is contributing to an individual’s and couple’s ability to re-establish their own balance and create a more satisfying and emotionally enriching life for themselves.

3. How long is each counseling session?

Counseling sessions are 45 minutes in length. If you require a double session once in a while, that can be arranged on occasion.

4. How often will we meet?

Most clients meet on a weekly basis for the first several sessions. Depending on the concerns and circumstances clients often meet with me two times per week for sessions, if necessary.

5. How long will I be in counseling?

The length of counseling is dependent on your specific concerns. Some individuals and/or couples meet their counseling goals within 5-8 sessions. Other clients spend 10-15 sessions, and still other clients desire longer-term counseling to resolve more complicated issues. The decision to start counseling and end the counseling  process is always one that rests with you.

6. What about confidentiality and a professional working relationship?

You have a right to expect and receive a professional relationship in our work together. All of my over 25 years of professional experiences have strengthened my desire to create a positive, constructive, and respectful professional relationship with all my clients.

The State of California and the ethical principals of the National Association of Social Workers and the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences provide for confidential, privileged communication between you and me. This means that our sessions are private, and information will not be communicated to others without your informed written consent.

7. How are insurance coverage and payment arranged?

Insurance policies vary considerably. If you seek to use insurance coverage, you should mention it in your initial email or phone call. Charges for co-payment fees are due on a session-by-session basis.

8. What are your payment options?

Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

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