• Why do I need outside professional help?

You are probably very good at holding things together, and of course, you are the expert on your own life. However, sometimes we get off track or we get stuck, and the tools we have used in the past no longer work for us. Sometimes our emotions can cloud our judgment or block our clarity.

I am a professional with years of training and experience dedicated to helping people improve their lives. I can help you approach your situation in a new way - teach you new skills, and gain different perspectives. I listen to you without any judgment or expectations, and I help you learn to listen to and trust yourself. Therapy is a safe space and anything you share is confidential.

Some seek therapy because of some crisis situation, however, others come to therapy for other issues, such as seeking more intimacy in a marriage, feeling inadequate as a parent, or when considering a divorce. But, you do not need to have a major problem to see a therapist. All that is required is a desire to want more for yourself and a willingness to try something different.

When you experience emotions or symptoms that do not go away or that impact important areas of your life, having the support of a professional can be a great relief.

  • I have never been in therapy. What can I expect?

You may call or e-mail me anytime. I typically respond quite quickly during business hours. Once we speak on the phone and you feel comfortable that you want to meet, we will schedule our first appointment. I will send you paperwork to fill out online so I may prepare for our first session.

During the first session you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life and your personal history, including some details about your social life, your health and your family. At the end of the first session, we will discuss your goals, and we will decide together if we are a good fit and how we would like to proceed.

  • What happens after the first session?

Typically I met with individuals on a weekly basis on a specific day and at a regular time. Depending on your specific needs, therapy may be short or long-term. Every situation is different and I tailor my approach to your individual needs. As you find relief and continue to feel well for a period of time, we may decide to meet every other week or end therapy.

The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you learn about how to improve your life. I often assign homework that is designed to help the process move forward. Results occur most quickly when you practice the skills learned in session and work toward gaining greater clarity by doing any assigned homework. Therapy is not a quick fix, but it does work if you are willing and open during the process.

  • I have never talked to anyone. I am used to handling things on my own or sharing with my family or friends. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Actually, asking for help takes a tremendous amount of courage. When we continue to try to work things out on our own we inevitably find ourselves right back where we started. Everyone needs help now and then.

Sometimes, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion and you have been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you may start avoiding that person so you are not reminded of this difficult time in your life. When you work with a therapist, all meetings are confidential and private and you are safe to share freely.

  • Do you accept insurance? What is your fee?

I do not take insurance. I can provide you with an itemized superbill each month that you may submit for direct reimbursement from your insurance company. Ask your provider if they cover “out of network services”. The typical CPT code used is 90834.

My fee is $175.00 per 50 minute session. Sometimes we may schedule a longer session or go over the allotted time; if so, extended sessions are charged at a pro-rated fee.

  • Can’t I just take medication?

While medication can be effective, medication alone is typically not sufficient to achieve relief. Research demonstrates that, if medication is necessary, it is most effective when used in conjunction with therapy.

  • Still not sure?

Whether you are ready to make a change and are looking for the right therapist to support you on your journey, or you are still on the fence about whether therapy is right for you . . . let’s talk. Call for a free phone consultation and we can discuss what is holding you back from achieving your goals.

Change is strange and sometimes we get comfortable in situations we know are not the best for us. The prospect and process of change can be scary, but you do not have to face it alone.

Call Corey at (310) 486-8842 or e-mail me for a free 15-minute phone consultation.