What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My fees are $150 per hour. If there are more than 3 sessions required the rates for more sessions may be reduced to accommodate a longer term plan.
A fifty percent deposit is necessary to schedule an appointment - this in nonrefundable if the client does not give 24 hour notice of cancellation. The final amount is due (via paypal) at the start of each session.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Initial intake form filled out from my website. The first appointment is set for one hour to establish client's intention and goals and to mutually create a plan of action. Subsequent sessions are scheduled to review homework and progress towards meeting goals and objectives of counseling.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have over 30 years in health care delivery. Assessment, intervention and evaluation of process are intuitive now. I am non judgemental and have a very open mind and awareness of individual rights to live authentically and honestly.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always been interested in helping people live full, happy and healthy lives. I understand my role is supportive and I help people take responsibility for their own process.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with teens, adults of all ages, couples, singles, poly groups, alternative relationships (swinging lifestyle), strictly monogamous and those curious about all the above.
I also counsel people regarding health issues that affect their sexuality. Diabetes, Hormonal shifts, depression, etc.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have travelled to China to teach groups of 100-300 women about sexuality. Helping them to give themselves permission to find pleasure in all aspects of their lives has been the most rewarding part of this experience.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find out their overall experience level in this field, and more importantly their attitudes about sexuality, human rights, and their own bias.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What it is they hope to achieve. To be honest with themselves about their own goals. Many couples come to counseling to get help in "fixing" the other partner. This is not possible. So each person needs to know what part they play in the situation they find themselves, and what they hope to add to the solution.