Counseling FAQs

How long do I have to wait for an initial appointment?

Generally speaking, appointments can be scheduled within a week of your initial call.  Urgent appointments (same day or next day) may be available if needed.

Are my counseling sessions confidential?

Yes.  Your confidentiality is of paramount importance. As a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Michigan, I am required and deeply committed to practicing under the professional ethics and standards that apply to the practice of Social Work.  Which means you will receive highly professional services.

I am having a hard time leaving the house, is there a way to do counseling while I stay at home?

Yes. I am happy to meet through video chat or phone.

What can I expect for the initial session?

In the initial session, I work with you to gain a full understanding of what you are experiencing and what you need to feel better.  Together we formulate a plan specific to your needs, what you would like to see change, and what resources are available to you.  In the initial session, you will experience how I work and have a strong sense of how we can work together. You may feel hopeful and a sense of relief because you have taken the first step in feeling better. Individuals and couples often report experiencing new awareness and insights from this initial session.

How often will I need to attend counseling sessions?

Together, we determine the frequency of appointments based on your needs and schedule, which may be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  In my experience, individuals and couples that have the most positive outcomes from counseling attended on a regular basis.

How long will I need to be in counseling?

Individuals and couples come to counseling for different reasons and at different points in their journey; therefore, the length of time individuals and couples engage in counseling really varies.

My first priority is making sure you get the results you want from your counseling experience; which for most, is to feel better as quickly as possible. For this reason, I monitor our progress each appointment to ensure we are on track and make any adjustments to the plan or strategies if necessary.

What is your rate?

The fee is $120/ 1 hour session. Many insurance packages will cover counseling services.  I would suggest speaking with your Human Resource Department or your insurance company to determine if the services of a Registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW in Ontario) or Licensed Social Worker (LMSW in Michigan) are covered.  They often are. Receipts that can be submitted for reimbursement are issued at the end of each session.

It is common for individuals to worry about the cost of counseling.  Consider the benefits of this short term investment. Taking care of yourself and getting what you need is important..the cost of not getting help is much higher

Your health and well being is worth the investment.

Can I bring my baby? My partner? A friend?

Absolutely.  My office is a comfortable, baby-friendly space.  Deciding to engage in counseling is a courageous step in a very positive direction, but it can still feel scary.  Using your supports is wise and strongly encouraged.

Does this mean I’m not a good person, good mom or that I’m ‘crazy?’

No.  It means you are a good person experiencing difficult circumstances.  Admitting that something is wrong, especially at a time when everything is suppose to be so ‘perfect,’ can feel like taking a step off a cliff, not knowing how far you will fall. It can be scary. I get it.  But you’re not alone. Counseling is your opportunity to courageously take control and feel better.

What if I make an appointment and need to cancel?

Since the scheduling of a counseling appointment involves the reservation of a time specifically for you, a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for rescheduling or cancelling an appointment. Unless we reach a different agreement, the full fee will be charged for sessions missed without such notification.

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