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Why do I need therapy? I am not crazy.

All of us once in a while experience periods in our life when we feel down, stuck, hopeless and helpless, when we don’t know what to do and how to continue with our life’s journey. It may seem as though our world has been turned upside down and collapsed around us. Sometimes we have nobody to turn to, nobody to lean on. Those are the times when therapy can be most helpful.

Just having somebody who will listen to you without judgment, simply knowing that you’ve been heard, seen and accepted can be extremely healing. But that’s not all. When we are stuck, we often are “running in circles” and can’t get off that very familiar, but broken track. In these cases, having another perspective or another point of view can serve as a trigger to help us move in a more positive direction and understand what’s happening to us.

Does therapy really work? Is it helpful?

Well… The bad news is that therapy is not a magic wand or pill. You can’t just come in and expect that the therapist “will fix you” in one session. Do you remember the character from the movie “Moonstruck?” There’s a funny scene in which Cher slaps Nicholas Cage across the face and tells him to “Just snap out of it.” I have to admit that it can sometimes be effective, but not in the long run and not in every situation.

But there is also good news. Therapy is effective – if you “work” at it. You must be willing to face your “demons,” your fears and pain. If you’re willing to try new ways of coping with life situations and interacting with others your life will change. Guaranteed. Change is difficult and scary, but always possible.

How long does the therapy take?

This is the question that doesn’t have a definitive answer. The correct answer is “it depends.” It depends on your needs, the problem you’re trying to solve and the degree of exploration you are willing to go into.

Some problems can be solved in 2-3 sessions. Some take 2-3 months. And then others – a lifetime. You decide how far you are willing to go.

How much does it cost?

My average 50 minute session rate is $100.
Under certain circumstances we can discuss a sliding scale.
Limited number of slots are available at lower cost.

Do you take insurance?

No, I don’t take insurance at this time.
This way you keep your information confidential and don’t depend on the number of session determined by the insurance company.

What’s your training and experience?

Please read About Me page to find out.

What should I expect on the first session?

In the first session we will get to know each other and see whether we’re a good fit. Not every therapist will be a good match with a client.

After the first couple of sessions both parties can make a joint decision about whether we can work together productively.

To save time, please print and complete the following forms and bring them with you to the first session.

Individual Intake Form

Couples Intake Form

Informed Consent and Disclosure

 
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