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How often, how long and how much?

Each session is 50-60 minutes long, with the initial asessment session being 90 minutes (for couples). Therapy is found to be most effective when meeting weekly with your therapist. The length and frequency of therapy is largely dependent on the reasons for seeking therapy and the motivation of each person present. Ideally, therapy lasts around 12 sessions, but unfortunately is impossible to predict due to many variables. Once goals are being met and maintained, sessions can drop back to biweekly or monthly until maintenance phase has been fully acheived. While therapy is long-term for some, it doesn't have to be. It can be used during a particularly difficult season of life and you can become equipped to confidently move forward on your own. 

My standard session rate is $110 per hour, and the initial assessment session (90 minutes, couples) is $150. 

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Is it worth it?

I think that the better question here may be, "Is my relationship worth it?" It is hard to put a monetary value on something like your most intimate relationships. Research shows us that healthy relationships lead to greater levels of happiness, wellness and physical health. A lot of people, unfortunately, know the great emotional, physical, and monetary cost of a relationship's demise. Instead of asking if it is worth to seek therapy, start asking if it is worth it to not. 

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What forms of payment can be used? 

Cash, personal check, credit and debit cards can be used.

HSAs or medical FSAs can be utilized to pay for sessions regardless of who your insurance provider is.

I am an out-of-network provider. Couples therapy is unique in that it is, unfortunately, not a covered service by the vast majority of insurance companies. Because of this, I do not bill insurance directly. What I have found is that some insurance companies will reimburse services with an out-of-network provider if they are given the necessary information. In that event, let me know and I can provide you with a receipt of services. Please contact your insurance provider to inquire about the details of reimbursement for an out-of-network provider. 

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Why see a marriage and family therapist?

Unfortunately over the years, couples therapy has gotten a bad rap due to couples experiencing little guidance in session and more fighting in the therapy room sometimes than at home. Due to having more than one person in the room, couples/family therapy can create a unique and complex atmosphere. However, couples therapy doesn't have to spell disaster. My unique training and experience has lent me the skills and understanding to navigate the potential intensity these sessions can bring in order to bring about the desired change. If couples come in desiring a better relationship and are motivated towards change, much progress can be made. If you are interested in learning more about what therapy is like with a marriage and family therapist, please visit the website for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy at aamft.org.