I’ve never been in therapy before. What should I expect?
At our initial meeting I’ll ask you to sign the HIPPA form regarding confidentiality as well as asking you to review a Treatment Agreement, which outlines the conditions of my offering therapy. I’ll then ask you what brought you to my office. I generally spend the first several sessions getting to know you so I’ll be asking about your family history, education, physical health, relationships and work history.
Does therapy have a focus?
Absolutely. And it is important that it does. You do not want to waste your time, nor I mine. In an attempt to reach a goal for our meetings, I will be asking you what you want the goal(s) to be. I might have you fill out a form that will help clarify what the focus, goal of our meetings will be.
Do you give advice?
No, I do not. If someone is looking for advice they can get that from family, friends and neighbors who are more than willing to give it – and it doesn’t cost anything! While not giving advice, I might offer some suggestions as to what one might do. But it is always given in the spirit that the receiver is free to take it or leave it.
How long does therapy last?
That depends on several factors such as the nature of the problem, one’s goals and one’s willingness to do the work to achieve those goals.
What if I don’t have insurance?
If someone does not have insurance and desires to see me they would have to pay my out-of-pocket fee, which is $180. I would then give them a statement which they could submit to their insurance carrier for reimbursement.
In today’s age, with concerns about confidentiality, some people who have insurance choose not to use it out of fear that in the future the fact they saw a mental health professional could become known and have repercussions for them.