What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I am willing to consult via telephone with a new or prospective client to answer any and all questions you may have. We will identify an appointment time that is works for both your and my schedule, and that time will be reserved for you. There are some legally required papers to fill out prior to commencing the first session, which can be emailed to you, downloaded from my website, or completed in the waiting area outside my office prior to beginning the first session. When we begin, we will review the paperwork together to answer any questions you may have, and then I will invite you to share your goals for therapy and the history of your presenting problem. The treatment from there on is customized to your unique personality, goals, and needs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly reading books and taking Continuing Education classes to maintain my license and to provide additional insight to the presenting problems of my clients. I have recently begun Doctoral classes specializing in the Psychology of Trauma, to build upon my Masters degree and experience working with these issues.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My full fee is $150 per session. However, I am willing to negotiate with clients to find a fee that is mutually agreeable if this fee is cost prohibitive.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My clients have included children as young as two years old, teenagers, young adults, parents, couples, and seniors. I have assisted clients in problems related to trauma, loss, child abuse, life transitions, pre-marital counseling, relationship conflict, parent-child conflict, attention difficulty, behavioral problems, sexualized behaviors in children, attachment difficulty, depression, anxiety, gender identity, and more.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Over the past year, I have provided pro bono services at a safe house for survivors of sex trafficking.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You have choice in selecting the right counselor for yourself and / or your family member(s), and there is power in that. Despite credentials and experience, not every counselor / therapist will be the right personality match for you, and it is important to find someone that you feel comfortable with. Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions when you call a prospective therapist so you can get a good feel for whether this might be the right match for you.