Philosophy

Business Practices

Psychotherapy is appropriate at times when a person, couple or family is experiencing pain or disruption in the activities of their daily life. Psychotherapy starts with an assessment of what is happening and then a plan for change is developed. Lastly the plan must be implemented so that the system can change in the directions planned. It is appropriate to stop treatment when there are no more issues needing change. Psychotherapy is not a lifelong process but it can be used repeatedly as the need arises.

Goals

Psychotherapy is not a place to go to feel good. Patients will often feel terrible in the sessions because they are concentrating on issues that are very upsetting and painful. The goal of psychotherapy is to feel better when the treatment is complete.

Confidentiality

All issues discussed (even your name) are treated with the utmost confidentiality. Exceptions to this are few, but include: 1. when possible abuse of a child is revealed. 2. when potential severe harm to yourself or another person is revealed. 3. when a judge writes a court order compelling the therapist to break confidence.

Fees

Fees are expected at time of service unless arrangements are made beforehand. There is a sliding scale fee structure. Insurance coverage is acceptable if the company will accept a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or a licensed social worker (LSW) as a provider.

Patients are responsible for the full fee arranged for the session if they do not give 24 hours notice of cancellation. Exceptions to this would be situations such as severe illness.