Your Couples Therapist
About this pro
If you're looking for help to improve and strengthen your relationship, then you're going to want to hire a marriage and family therapist. In the family of mental health professionals, we are the relationship experts. Did you know that the quality of the working relationship you have with your therapist is strongly linked to successful therapeutic outcomes? This is why my goal is to provide every person I see with an emotionally safe space, free of judgment. You want to work with somebody who genuinely cares, who is curious and hopeful. I look forward to speaking with you. I love being trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) because we MFTs spend significant time learning about the family connections that help to make up a person and his or her unique story. Our experiences and stories are richly connected by our relationships with others. Therapists have a unique responsibility when we meet with people and discuss their most private and intimate moments. I love the feeling of meeting a new person, couple or family and taking them from where they are, to where they want to be. Nothing is more satisfying than watching the people I work with grow and meet their goals.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Sometimes it can be hard to find out how much a therapist charges for their session fees. My fees are simple: $150 for a 50-min session $225 for a 90-min session $15 surcharge for weekend appointments (PREPARE/ENRICH extended sessions (90 min) are billed at the customary extended session rate. There is a one-time fee of $35 for the accompanying online assessment. Clients keep all hard copy materials.) Cash, checks, and most major credit cards accepted. For more details, please visit my website.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Anyone who has looked for a therapist before knows that it is nearly impossible to know whether or not the person you want to work with is going to be the right fit for your needs. This is why I encourage people to call around and get your potential therapist on the phone talking with you before you actually go into their office. I like to answer any questions that an individual, couple, or family has so that I can better assist. I'll ask questions such as: What happened in your life that made you reach out for a therapist now? What is causing you the most distress currently? How would you define the problem(s) that brings you in?
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I did my undergraduate work in Psychology at Salisbury University, and my graduate training in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am trained in all of the major models of couple and family therapy. I like to discuss with my patients which approach I feel will fit best with their treatment needs. It's a collaborative process, as any health endeavor with a health care professional should be!