I’ve never done therapy before. What should I expect?
Therapy begins with getting to know one another, and determining your goals. Knowing your goals for therapy will help me be very focused in my service to you. Each session, we will work on your goals until you acquire the level of progress you desire.
I work full time and so it would be difficult for me to get to your office.
Totally understandable. Together, we can discuss some options such as sessions by phone during your lunch hour, or a Skype video session when needed.
How long does therapy take?
Short-term therapy often ranges from 3-7 sessions. In short-term therapy, we focus on finding a practical solution to a specific issue, such as decision making or pre-engagement counseling. Other issues may take longer, such as identity formation and healing from divorce/trauma. Sex Addiction treatment is a lengthy process that includes the early goal of 90 days of sobriety, and then a recovery/restoration process that can take 2-5 years. This may seem unreasonable at first glance, but the truth is, divorce, termination, and other consequences of sex addiction are much more costly!
Do you do Christian therapy?
There are at least 4 types of Christian counseling that I’m aware of. For a good summary of my approach to Christian therapy, here is a great read.
I am considering becoming an MFT. Am I doing the right thing?
Becoming an MFT is a major decision with many things to consider before committing. You definitely do not want to go in blindly and spend thousands of dollars on graduate school only to regret it! I’d be happy to help you avoid this kind of regret. Here are just a few crucial questions we can go over: How do I know if becoming an MFT is a wise choice for me? Can I support my family financially as an MFT? What kind of MFT specialty should I focus on? How do I integrate my faith with counseling work? How do I get connected with pastors, teachers, family lawyers, and other therapists who can be great referral sources? And much more! Contact me to schedule an hour-long consulting session. The rate for a consulting session is $95 per hour.
I don’t want people to know I’m in counseling. Can you ensure my confidentiality?
I take your confidentiality seriously. Your information and identity will never be shared outside of the counseling session, except for legally mandated situations (reasonable suspicion of abuse to a minor/elderly, intent to harm others/self), or without your consent.
What are your views on divorce?
I will not give counsel to divorce or not to divorce, but I will explore all avenues to help you make the most informed decision.
Can I pay for someone else’s counseling?
Definitely. In fact, to make it easier, you can purchase a gift certificate for any amount, which can be used towards as many counseling sessions as you’d like. The gift certificate can be an impactful symbolic act of love. Contact me for more details!