Most couples feel that the standard 45-50 minute session common for individual therapy is not enough for couples. And after many years of experience, I agree! The recommended length of sessions for effective couples therapy is 75-80 minutes. This allows sufficient time to process any conflicts that have come up since the last meeting, to gain a greater understanding of oneself and one's partner in order to connect better emotionally with each other, and to learn new skills to manage future conflicts. Research shows that having more frequent couples sessions in the beginning of therapy and spacing them out as couples make progress helps couples to make greater gains in their relationship and to maintain them over time. Therefore, as soon as possible, once a couple is no longer in crisis, and usually after the first three sessions, we begin to cut back the frequency of sessions from weekly to every other week, or even less, for maximum flexibility and in order to match the couple's needs at each stage of their therapy. This gives couples time to integrate the skills they are learning into their relationship, and makes the therapy both effective and economical for most. While a 75 minute session is more expensive than a 50 minute session (because it is effectively 1 1/2 sessions), by spacing the sessions out to every other week, it actually costs less over time than shorter weekly sessions, and fewer sessions are required over all. For most couples with busy schedules and an eye towards their budget, the every other week schedule works extremely well.
Daytime hours by appointment.
Payment is due at the time services are rendered. Payment may be made during your session in the form of cash, check, or credit card. An invoice which can be filed with your insurance company for reimbursement will be provided at each session. You may also use Paypal to make a payment for psychotherapy services via my website.
While I do not file your insurance claims for you, I am happy to assist you with any information you need. The invoice you receive contains all the information needed to submit your claim to your insurance company. Please keep in mind that your health insurance is a contract between you, your employer, and your insurance company. I am not a party to that contract and, therefore, I am not responsible for the disposition of any claims made by you to your insurance company. It is your responsibility to know your mental health benefits under your policy.
Therapy works best when scheduled appointments are regularly kept. Therefore, when you establish an ongoing appointment with me, your time is reserved for you and cannot be used by anyone else. One week’s notice is required to cancel your session without charge. With less than one week’s notice, your appointment may be rescheduled within the same calendar week at no extra charge, subject to availability. Otherwise, you will be responsible for payment of the cancelled session. While I do not have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I will make every effort to accommodate your needs by offering a different appointment time during the same calendar week. This makes for the best quality of care.
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