What can I expect from a first therapy session with you?
When you arrive for your first session you will find paperwork in the waiting room for you to read and sign outlining my legal and ethical obligations to you. Once your session start time has arrived we will sit and talk together about your goals for therapy and background on you that led to you being where you are. We will uncover possible challenges and directions for our work.
How often will we meet?
I meet with clients weekly at a regularly scheduled day and time. Once we have scheduled that time, it is yours, until we complete the therapy.
How long does therapy take?
Therapy is a process of unfolding and not linear like a project you undertake. We will set goals to help us know when it is time to begin the goodbye process.
Can therapy help me?
Therapy has been proven effective for people motivated to look deeply at themselves in relationship to a therapist that they feel good with. A good relationship with the therapist is a better predictor of outcome for a client than the theory that the therapist uses. So picking someone you feel good with is a big part of “doing therapy”.
How much does therapy cost?
I charge $180/ session. Sessions last for 50 minutes. The going rate for licensed therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area is between $95 to $250 / session usually based on experience or specialty.
Do you prescribe medications for depression and anxiety?
Only doctors with an MD can prescribe medication. I can refer you to a Doctor of Psychiatry if, during the course of our work, it is decided medication would help the therapy.
Do you take insurance?
I am not on any insurance panels but can give you a monthly receipt to submit to your insurance. If you want to know if you can be reimbursed and what needs to be on the receipt, call your insurance and ask;
- Am I covered to see a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)?
- How many sessions are covered?
- What is my deductible and have I already surpassed my deductible this year?
- What is your accepted fee for MFTs? and what percentage of that fee do you cover?
- Do I need a diagnosis on the receipt I receive from my therapist? If yes, what are the covered and uncovered diagnosis?
Most insurance companies will treat a therapeutic diagnosis as a pre existing condition so you may choose to consider this before submitting claims to your insurance.