Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. Psychotherapy varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and the client as well as the particular problems the client is experiencing. I might use a variety of methods to deal with the problems you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical intervention. Instead, psychotherapy calls for an active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will work on things we talk about during both our sessions and between our sessions.
Psychotherapy can include both risks and benefits. Because therapy often involves discussion of unpleasant aspects of your life, you might experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have many benefits. Therapy often leads to improved relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. Yet participation in psychotherapy cannot guarantee what you experience or the end results.
May the Sun bring you new energy by day,
May the Moon softly restore you by night,
May the Rain wash away your worries,
May the Breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world
and know its beauty all the days of your life.
Photo (c) Ann B. Blake
Our first few sessions involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of the general process of our work so that you can make an informed decision about whether to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, energy, and money, so you should be careful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about my procedures, we can discuss these questions whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, I will assist your finding another mental health practitioner.
Fee and sliding scale: With a month’s notice, I increase my fees according to current cost of living levels. My current fees structure is the following:
I do not participate in insurance panels, so I do not bill insurance companies, and, therefore, I do not accept insurance co-pay.
Sliding scale fees: The above fees are the ceiling for all fees. If clients are eligible for a sliding fee, I use the following formula: gross pay multiplied by 12%, calculated into a weekly fee amount.