Counseling is a life connection. It's a way to connect with another human being that offers to really listen to you. It's a way to process life events by sharing them with another.
Counseling offers guidance, but not directives. It offers a safe space to practice the skills you need to feel successful. It offers a cozy couch when the world seems cold.
I provide a free phone consultation so we can get a feel for each other. As a client, you have the right to know who I am and what I'm about. During this phone call, we discuss the price of counseling (I use a sliding scale) and your initial goals for counseling. All counseling services are confidential, including this consultation. If I'm not a good fit for you, there is no commitment.
After your phone consultation, we will schedule an initial appointment for you. This first appointment is one to two hours long and is used to discuss more about what brings you into counseling, your short and long term goals, and payment and fees. The cost of this first appointment is the same as follow-up appointments and we talk about fees during your consultation.
I provide a range of counseling services for individuals, couples, and groups. Often, individuals would like to include family members or friends in their counseling, which I encourage. The stronger the support system, the better life gets! When bringing a family member or friend to counseling, please keep in mind that my client is still the person that we focus on. This means we usually work on things like communication or talking about tough topics, how the client would like to be helped with a problem, or more.
When counseling minors, I require the involvement of at least one parent, guardian or mentor. This means that at least for the initial appointment and homework assignments from counseling, the minor client and an important adult will share the responsibilities of growth through counseling.
There is no additional charge for including an extra person in your counseling experience, unless it becomes a group experience of more than 4 people and/or with folks outside of your family. Family is defined broadly here, and can include family of choice.
GROUPS: Groups are a different story.
I offer non-therapeutic Expressive Arts Experiences for team-building, self-awareness, bachelor/bachelorette friend groups, and more. These are usually "One-and-done" services. I charge between $25.00-60.00 per person for these experiences depending on the topics, time, and venue. I require a head-count for supplies, but participants do not need to register with me as a therapist.
Therapeutic groups may or may not involve art, meet once or more than once and have a therapeutic purpose. I have offered these groups in the past: conflict resolution through creative means, creative journaling, divorce or separation, wellness, and domestic violence recovery. Some groups are private and have not been listed. These groups require screening and registration with me as a therapist. The price associated with these groups ranges. If you are interested in a therapeutic group or special meeting for your family, friends, coworkers, or community members, please contact me for more details.
Coming in January 2020: Support group for spouses and partners of loved ones who are trans at any point of the process, from just emerging through fully transitioned for years. You must to be in a relationship for at least 6 months. In this context, a "relationship" may encompass dating, living with, or being married to your partner(s). The relationship can be open or closed. The attending partner must be at least 24 years of age. If both/all partners are trans, only one may attend. There may be opportunities for trans couples in a different group in 2021.
I might occasionally ask you to engage in a specific behavior or complete a worksheet at home between your sessions. These will be exercises designed to promote the goal related work we are doing together in the sessions. For example, I provide clients with values and core belief assessments as a way to get to know yourself and your goals better, or communication worksheets to assist you in remembering how to "fight fair" or develop listening and sharing skills.
Everyone can benefit from counseling. From self-esteem building to recovery from trauma, adults, teens, couples, and families can use counseling as a way to promote healthy communication, develop coping skills, and improve over-all well-being. Sometimes stress (even good stress, like getting married, switching jobs, or having a child) can cause us to feel a little lost. You don't have to wait until something is "wrong" to come to counseling.
I officially accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance! We will work together to find your co-payment (usually the "Specialist" co-payment on your insurance card).
I still offer services on a sliding scale! The standard cost of a session is $100.00. Most clients without insurance pay between $80.00-120.00. I trust that you will pay what you can and what you think our time together is worth. If you have questions about your suggested fee, please give me a call. Do not let finances stop you from receiving needed services.
If you are thinking of what you might be able to pay, consider the following questions:
"What is counseling worth to me at this time? Is it worth the same amount as a specialist doctor, or a massage? What other services have you received in your life, and what difference have they made for you?
How much can I pay for counseling so that I can attend for at least a while once a week to get started? Looking at my budget, what would I like to pay so I never have to worry about affording food, my home, the electricity, or other routine expenses?
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