Frequently Asked Questions
What counseling methods do you use?
I utilize a variety of models and evidence-based practices to assist clients including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral, emotion-focused, narrative, and intergenerational therapies. As a systemic therapist, I believe that people are connected to each other through a system of intertwining relationships. Sometimes, as people encounter changes, problems arise that individuals, partners and families cannot handle on their own. My role is to support you in building positive, secure relationships that will improve your well-being and interpersonal experiences. My work focuses on creating a safe space for individuals, partners and families to explore fears and personal strengths.
How do I make an appointment, and do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a referral to see me. There are also a few ways to get in touch with me to make an appointment.
- You can contact me by phone: (503) 850-8310
- Or you can send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How long and how often is therapy?
No one person is the same, so no one time frame for therapy is the same. Typically, clients would like to be seen once a week for as long as they feel it takes them to achieve their goals. Clients that feel they are doing well enough may choose to reduce the frequency of their visits and eventually may only come in when they feel they need a "check-up" session. I would be happy to discuss your needs and desired time frame in the initial consultation.
What are your fees for therapy and what payment methods are accepted?
Please consult my fees page for further information and be advised that I do not take insurance as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Cash and credit cards are acceptable methods of payment. Payment is due when services are rendered. A free initial meeting is available- please call or email to set up your phone or in-person consultation.
What if I have to cancel an appointment?
I completely understand that clients have to cancel their appointments for one reason or another. If you need to cancel an appointment, please notify me 24 hours prior to your therapy session in order to avoid being charged for the missed appointment. This can be done by contacting me directly by either phone or email. If the session is cancelled less than 24 hours before your appointment you will be responsible for 50% of the fee for the missed session, unless you and I are able to reschedule the appointment for another time that week. Please also know that if you are more than 15 minutes late for our scheduled appointment I will not be able to guarantee my availability to see you.
Doesn't going to therapy mean I'm crazy?
In today's world it takes a lot to walk through a therapist's door and open up about your problems. I understand how hard that is and I will never tell you that you're crazy; that's not helpful nor does it give us anything to work toward! I'm more interested in hearing what is important to you, why you feel you're having problems and seeing if I can help you problem-solve differently. More often than not, people are just stuck in what they've always done. Seeing a therapist is about finding new avenues for your life and confronting the changes you want to make with someone who can be there to support you.