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Frequently Asked Questions
The length of therapy is variable and really depends on what issue you are presenting with and what you need help to resolve.
Generally patients are seen one time per week. However, sessions are scheduled based on the need of the individual patient.
The first thing you need to be aware of when beginning counseling or therapy is the need to arrive on time. Counselors and therapists work to a strict schedule, often with a minimal amount of time between clients. Sessions last for 50 minutes. If you arrive late for a session, the therapist will still finish that session at the scheduled time. If you arrive early, I do not have a waiting room, you’ll need to hold on until your allotted time, since there’s a good chance the therapist will be working with someone else.
Once in the room, your therapist is responsible for keeping time. If you’ve never had a counseling or therapy session before, 50 minutes may seem like an age beforehand. In reality, you’ll likely to find time flies by – you’ll just be warming up, only to hear your therapist saying, “I’m afraid we’re out of time, so we need to finish for today.” It can sometimes feel very difficult to be cut off in the middle of a chain of thought/feeling, but your therapist will be in the same place at the same time next week. If you need to, spend a little time in a quiet place before rushing on to the next thing in your busy day.
The answer is “yes.” You have a right to expect absolute privacy and confidentiality in therapy. Without your explicit consent, the therapist is prevented by law from discussing information you share during your sessions with anyone else. No information can be shared, not with spouses, friends, family or co-workers, no one period, without your explicit written consent! As a Psychologist, this oath is one of the most fundamental rules and is held as a sacred pledge. There are certain exceptions to confidentiality that are put in place to protect both the public from harm and the individual. But these can be discussed at length if you feel that you would like to contact me to move forward with potential treatment. Knowing and trusting that anything you say will be safely contained in the therapeutic space is essential to meaningful therapy.
In addition to maintaining absolute confidentiality, the therapist is responsible for establishing an environment that ensures your privacy in every way possible. It’s important to be aware of the impact even the subtlest intrusions can have on your sense of privacy. Encountering another client in the waiting room, receiving phone calls from you therapist reminding you of appointments and feeling afraid that a family member or a friend might know that your attending therapy are all situations that could make you feel that outsiders are intruding on your therapeutic space and that there is not sufficient privacy for you to talk freely. If this should ever happen to you, or you should ever feel uncomfortable at all about the therapeutic process, please tell me, as clearly and immediately as possible and we will work together to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable to receive the help that you need. Your privacy, comfort and safety are of utmost importance to me.