FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Wondering about what happens in sessions or other administrative aspects of seeking care? See below for the most frequently asked questions. Have a question that is not on the list? Simply CLICK HERE to set up a free consultation.
How long is each appointment?
A couples therapy initial appointment is 80 minutes and includes a comprehensive assessment of your presenting problem, family background, communication and interaction patterns. Couples therapy sessions are longer in duration than individual therapy with most sessions lasting on average 80 minutes every other weeks. For crisis situations, appointments may last two to three hours. Your initial assessment will include recommendations for frequency of visits to achieve your unique goals.
How much does it cost?
Couples therapy is an investment in time and money. Therapy sessions are $175 for a 45-50 minute session, $275 for an 80 minute session and $375 for a two-hour session. While I am not an in-network provider for any insurance company, but I can submit reimbursement to your insurance as an out of network provider as a courtesy to you. Payments can be made in cash, credit card or Paypal and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA) should your issue meet medical necessity.
Couples therapy varies in length depending on severity. Some couples attend as few as three to six sessions total, scheduled every two weeks. Others may attend weekly or biweekly over six months. If you would like to know more about how I work, set up a courtesy consultation by clicking HERE.
What if my partner doesn't agree to come?
Individual therapy can be helpful to get the ball rolling, manage conflict, clarify goals, build skills and begin to gain insight into your own that are preventing you from reaching your relationship goals. Individual therapy can be a stepping stone to couples therapy and can at times help resolve problems effectively. If you are wondering how to start, set up a free consultation by CLICKING here to talk through your specific situation.
What is your cancelation policy
Your appointment is a professional service made for you by you. Cancelations can be made 48 hours in advance of your session at no cost. If you cancel your appointment after that time full session fees apply if I am unable to fill your appointment time. Please note that insurance does not cover cancelation fees.
How are you different from other therapists?
For more than a decade I have specialized in couples therapy and the care of complex, high conflict relationships. I have significant experience with couples with addictions, personality disorders, narcissistic behaviors and a history of trauma. I am honored to see many Orange County psychologists, marriage and family therapists and members of religious communities in my practice for their own couples therapy. I have trained in the Gottman (1 and 2) Method, Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (Levels 1 & 2) and have studied with the Couples Institute and Michele Weiner-Davis.
I offer a continuum of care in my practice from pre-marriage counseling to couples therapy to separation and divorce preparation and support.
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