What kind of patients do you see and how do I know you’re the right therapist for me?
I work with individuals over the age of 18. The best way to know if we’re a good therapeutic ‘fit’ is to give me a call so we can talk briefly and perhaps schedule an initial visit. I encourage you to use your gut instincts to decide if you feel comfortable working with me. I’ll be glad to answer all of your questions about the process.
How long is this work going to take?
It’s impossible for me to give you a specific answer to this question. My goal is to support your independence in the ways that make the most sense for you. I’m wary of any kind of therapy that promises a ‘quick fix’. Human beings are complicated and the issues you bring into counseling may be deeply embedded in your personal history. Some problems can be resolved in just a few sessions; many cannot.
What are some of the benefits of counseling?
People who do well in therapy report that they feel more powerful, independent, active and emotionally balanced. They also experience greater self-awareness and have deeper and more rewarding relationships with others.
How often will we meet and how long are the sessions?
For most people, weekly sessions seem to work best. Sessions are 50 minutes in length.
Where will I meet with you?
I have offices in downtown Chicago, Hyde Park and Oak Park.
What is The Claret Center?
Claret is a community-based, holistic healing agency in Hyde Park. The Center offers multiple therapeutic modalities, like psychotherapy, spiritual companionship and body-based therapies such as massage, acupuncture and cranial sacral therapy. Visit the Claret Center website to learn more.
What’s your theoretical orientation?
If you’re asking this question I imagine that you’ve had experience with certain therapeutic frameworks that either do or don’t appeal to you. I favor a depth orientation over a strictly behavioral one, because it has been shown that lasting change (what we call “2nd order change”) only occurs when emotions are activated and processed. I am client-centered, which means that I strive to “meet you wherever you are” and psychodynamic, which means that I pay attention to observed patterns, relationships, and the mental/emotional/behavioral processes that lie outside of our conscious awareness.
Do you do Christian counseling?
I am not trained as a pastoral counselor. I don’t work within any religious framework, but I am open to working with whatever belief system you have. One of the fundamental ethical guidelines of the counseling profession is that we do not impose our individual value system on our clients. I strongly support and adhere to that guideline in my work.
How much is this going to cost me?
Claret accepts most Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plans. My self-pay fee is $150 per session. If that doesn’t work for you, let’s talk about it. I accept payment by cash, check or debit/credit card.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I take most Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plans.
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