FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COUPLES COUNSELING

Are you seeing clients in-person or on video?


As a result of COVID, I’ve decided to remain fully online for the foreseeable future.

It seems the safe and responsible thing to do right now, and while that may change in the future, I have no timeline for when that’ll happen. The teletherapy platform I use is easy to access from any device that has an internet connection, and you and your partner don’t need to be in the same place for your sessions, which many couples find very convenient.

People also ask:

My fees are $220 for a 50-minute session and $330 for an 80-minute session. I accept all major credit cards, as well as HSA/FSA cards.

I’m not on any insurance panels, for a bunch of reasons that you can learn more about here. If you have out-of-network mental health benefits, I can give you a form to submit so that you can be reimbursed for your counseling.

I offer my 50-minute sessions Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from Noon – 3p, and my 80-minute appointments 4p – 5:20 and 5:30 – 6:50p. If you need times outside of those, I’m happy to refer you to someone who has hours that better meet your needs.

That’s largely up to you. I can work as quickly as you can, and I won’t keep you a moment longer than you need to be there. You are in charge of your goals, your effort, and your progress. I’m simply the guide, the mentor, and the coach.

I like to start with weekly sessions, because by the time people come to see me, things are pretty bad and they want them to get better quickly. The sooner I have all the information I need, the sooner we can start to get some momentum and traction on changing what isn’t working. As you make progress, we’ll lengthen the time between sessions to every two or three weeks, to see how well you sustain the changes you’ve made.

Often, one person can have a positive impact on a relationship. By showing up differently, you give your partner the option of doing the same. If you come by yourself at first, it may possible to see you and your partner together at a later time, but we’d need to have a conversation about whether that’s really the best idea given your particular situation.

Depending on what you think you want the individual help with, it might make sense to refer you to someone else, or it might be good for us to work together one-on-one. I can make a recommendation once I know what you’re dealing with, and we can decide from there. If you think these circumstances might apply to you, let’s talk about it in your Free Q&A Call.

Sure! In our first session, we’ll meet together to set expectations of therapy, allow you both to tell me what brings you to counseling, and gather background information on the current concerns.

In our next few sessions, we’ll meet together, and I will also meet with both of you individually to gather a comprehensive history, understand your individual perspectives on the things you’re dealing with, and just learn more about you as a person.

Between the first and fourth sessions, both of you will fill out a Gottman Relationship Check Up assessment online. There’s a fee of $29 per couple for the assessment. This tool gives me a very comprehensive view of your relationship from many different angles, saving you time and money.

For our sixth session, we will all come back together to review the results of the assessment and figure out how to work toward the changes that you want to see as a couple. This will set the course for the rest of our time together.

You’ll have homework after each session, often something to read, journal about, do differently, observe…remember, things get better with the work you do outside of sessions. You’re in charge of how long your therapy takes, which is determined in large part by how much effort you put in.

It’s almost always possible to get an appointment with me within a week, sometimes within a couple of days. I purposely keep a small caseload, so I can give full attention and energy to my clients, and be as available for them as they need me to be.

My online scheduling system makes booking an appointment a snap! Go here, login or sign up, and pick a time that works for you! I’ll confirm with an email that will have a link to the video session and to some forms you’ll need to complete.