INDIVIDUAL THERAPY COSTS
COUPLES THERAPY COSTS
I recommend that couples schedule a 90min assessment first appointment because it allows time for working on the problems identified. The assessment goes by very quickly!
I accept cash*, check*, Paypal and credit cards. NOTE: There is a 4% discount if paying by cash or check. The above costs reflect this discount, so paying by Paypal or credit card is at the fees of $210, $180, $385, $180 and $155, respectively.
Yes. I offer virtual sessions.
This answer is that it depends.
The assessment session has four parts.
1) We will review the paperwork that I sent to you via email. I will answer any questions you have and then I will ask questions about you, your relationship, and your goals for counseling.
2) I meet with one partner individually for a short period of time.
3) I meet with the other partner individually for a short period of time.
4) I will provide you with initial impressions about what is happening in the relationship and we will collaborate on what we will focus on in future sessions.
Yes and yes!
Yes, even though my licensure has "marriage" in the title, I am a relationship therapist, couples coach and mediator. I help people with the important relationships in their lives regardless of legal definition. I also help people come to agreements on difficult subjects whether or not they were legally married.
Yes, I do see people individually.
The first fundamental difference is that while other counselors are educated about and treat the psychology and behavior of individuals, an MFT learns about relational dynamics and intervenes at a relational and systemic level. (Sometimes, well-meaning therapists attempt to do couples therapy, but because they are not well-versed in relational therapeutic models, they wind up alternating between the two partners, providing individual therapy to each instead of providing couples therapy to the couple.)
Another significant difference is that during my training program, I received both live and video supervision for two years. This means that AAMFT Approved Supervisors either watched me work from behind a one-way mirror, or they would review the videotapes of my sessions that I recorded each time I saw an appointment. This ensured that I was becoming competent with basic practices of therapy, and becoming skilled at more complex therapeutic interventions. This type of supervision was an extremely challenging and humbling experience, but I would not be the therapist I am today without this very beneficial requirement in my training program.