What is a typical session like?
Like all psychotherapy, the specific content of each session depends on the work that is being done. Generally, sessions may include traditional talk therapy, body awareness exercises, creative art therapies, mindfulness practices, guided meditations and relaxation exercises, communication exercises, and homework.
What is Buddhism, what is Buddhist Psychology, and do I have to be a Buddhist or have a meditation practice?
Buddhism can be described as a science of mind and is often complementary to other religious and spiritual traditions or no tradition at all. Buddha means "one who is awake" describing the state of being fully present to life, which is the goal of Buddhism and the result of mindfulness and loving kindness practices. Being present is the willingness to be with what ever arises in the present moment. You do not need to be Buddhist, have any specific religious or spiritual orientation, or meditation practice.
Is there anything I need to bring with me to the first session?
Please fill out the New Client Information Form and the Informed Consent for the therapist your appointment is with. Forms can be found here. Payment is expected at first session.
How long does therapy take?
It depends on the needs and goals you bring. If the goal is a return to previous functioning, short-term therapy may be sufficient. If the goal is working with more severe issues, or improvement in well-being and overall quality of life, longer-term therapy is indicated.
How much is therapy and do you take insurance?
Full fee is $150 per session for all individual, couple and family sessions. A standard session is 50 minutes, additional time prorated. Both therapists offer reduced fee sessions based on individual circumstances. Payment is by cash, check or credit card. We do not bill any insurance companies directly, but do issue receipts that you can submit for reimbursement. If you plan to use your insurance to reimburse you, we recommend you contact your insurer to verify coverage for "out of network mental health" benefits. Generally, insurance plans that are PPO (not HMO) cover "out of network mental health." Missed sessions or sessions cancelled under 24 hrs are charged at the agreed rate.