My services are fee-based (fee for service), $150/hour for the initial consultation, and $125 - $150/hour thereafter. I offer a 10% discount on the purchase of a package of 10 sessions. I do not accept insurance, and do not have a sliding scale. Same day (date of scheduling) appointments are sometimes available.
The intial consultation is to learn about you and your concerns as well as giving you an opportunity to get to know me. If I think I can be of help and you feel that you may be able to come to trust me, we will engage in a collaborative effort toward reaching your unique and specific goals. Therapy is a collaborative effort in which language and human presence are the tools for healing and change. I will rely on you to identify your primary issues and concerns at each session. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. It is common to schedule a series of weekly 60 minute sessions.
The Value of Psychotherapy
The goal of working on ourselves psychologically is psychological liberty. To become more free — liberated from whatever is blocked, negative, and destructive — from whatever is unfree, conflicted, fearful, and wounded in ourselves. It is a process of becoming increasingly freed from our fears and conflicts, from our wayward passions and compulsions, from our disordered desires, inner confusions, and illusions.
In the last analysis, learning how to transcend the ego is nothing less than learning how to love.
Until we learn to truly love ourselves and others, there can be no hope of lasting happiness or peace or redemption. It is because we do not love ourselves properly that we lose ourselves so easily in the many illusions ego sets before us (Riso, Personality Types, 348) A truly free, psychologically liberated, enlightened person is transparent, open, unself-conscious, radiant, and accessible to others.
Some of the benefits include developing new interpersonal, emotional regulation, and stress management skills, attaining insight into long-standing dysfunctional personal patterns and behavior; discovering new ways to solve old problems; increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being; improved listening and communication skills. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships as well as ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen attentively is helpful. Overall, people who achieve their goals during our work together have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and enhanced overall quality of life.
How long does it take to achieve meaningful and lasting change?
“Drew Westen at Emory University combed through questionnaires completed by over 240 of such professionals and asked them to pinpoint the number of sessions received by recent successful completers of psychotherapy. The number ranged from fifty to seventy-five. Similarly, findings from the Tavistock Adult Depression Study showed that 44 percent of depressed clients who were provided with 18 months of weekly therapy to talk at length about their past and present emotional difficulties no longer met criteria for a depressive disorder two years after treatment ended.” Read the article here https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/03/real-not-sham-mental-health-coverage/