I am not an in-network provider with any insurance company. This means I will not bill your insurance directly. However, you can use your insurance through your "out of network" benefits or you can use your Health Savings Account. You would pay my fee, and then pursue reimbursement from the insurance company or HSA.
I accept cash, check, and credit cards (3.7% processing fee).
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 give you feedback based on the assessment thus far. We will discuss goals for future appointments. 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.
I have been trained in and have provided therapy using all models that are considered 'systems models.' Of these, my therapeutic approach consists mostly of Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Since every couple is different, the model of therapy I use depends on several factors that I assess during the initial assessment appointment.
Both are fine!
Yes, even though my licensure has "marriage" in the title, I am a relationship therapist. I help people with the important relationships in their lives.
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.