Couples Counseling

Improved Communication.  Stronger Connection.

In couples therapy, I specialize in helping partners who identify themselves as being stuck in ways of thinking, talking, and behaving that aren’t working well for them.  I help them identify, define, and practice new ways of thinking, talking, and behaving that serve their relationship better, so that they can experience a sense of improved communication and stronger connection.

What’s my approach?

I believe there is always more than one way to look at things; moreover, I contend, the ways we see things matter.

In any situation, we can choose to look at things in ways that work well for the kinds of experiences we want, how we want to live our lives, the type of person we want to be, etc. The ways we look at things both influence and are influenced by the conversations we have — with ourselves, usually in thought — and with other people. In therapy or counseling with our partners and another, “outside” party, we can have conversations that help make a difference in how we see things by giving us a chance to think and talk in new ways. With these new ways of thinking and talking often comes a greater sense of self-agency and possibility in our lives. We no longer feel so overwhelmed — stressed or depressed — and stuck. Problems dissolve, and we see options for action that we didn’t before.

When I meet with you and your partner, I will treat you as the experts on your own lives and experiences, what is important for us to discuss, and the goals of our conversations together. My expertise lies in facilitating a collaborative process of transformative dialogue on the topics of your concern. I will listen to you, check my understandings of what you say, ask you questions about what you tell me, and share my own thoughts aloud. I invite both of you to do the same with me. I believe the differences you are seeking in your relationship — the sense of improved communication, greater connection, and more – can be the exciting and natural consequences of these kinds of give-and-take, in-it-together conversations.

Free Consultations

Thinking about therapy? I offer free 20-minute consultations over the telephone to give us the chance to get to know each other better — for me to learn more about you, your situation, and what you’re looking for in therapy, and for you to ask me any questions you may have. We’ll then decide if and how we want to proceed together in terms of scheduling and other considerations.

Cost

I charge $120 for a 50-minute session.  If you want to work with me and require financial consideration to do so, please let me know; I may have openings for clients at reduced rates.

Payment

Payment is expected at the time of your appointment.  You can pay by check, credit card, cash, a Health Savings Account (HSA), or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Insurance

I do not process paperwork for insurance claims; however, I can provide you with receipts that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Be certain that you understand your coverage before you schedule your first appointment with me, and let me know if you are going to want a receipt. You can check your coverage by asking the following questions, among others, of your insurance company:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Cancellation Policy

If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

Diversity Statement

I value and honor diversity, and welcome the opportunity to work with clients regardless of race or ethnicity, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, physical or mental special needs or challenges, or other aspects of our uniqueness as human beings.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact me.

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