New to counseling? Frequently Asked Questions:
What happens in the first session?
The first ("Intake") session will be a chance for us to get to know each other and we will discuss confidentiality, fees, therapeutic boundaries and the cancellation policy. We will also get a sense of your goals for therapy and talk about a plan to best support you.
How many sessions will I need?
Counseling can be a short-term or a long-term process, depending on the extent of your challenges, your goals, your history, and your ability to engage in the process in and out of the session. We will regularly revisit your needs and monitor your progress.
Are the sessions confidential?
All sessions are confidential. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship and maintaining the confidentiality of clients’ information is my professional obligation as a counselor licensed by the State of New Jersey. With that in mind, if you ever need me to release any information to anyone (including another provider), I will need to obtain your written permission through an Informed Consent form. You should also know that the obligation of confidentiality does have some exceptions: counselors are required by state law and professional ethics to notify appropriate authorities in the case of a client’s immediate threat of harm to self or others or suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse. Additionally, counselors (like other medical and mental health professionals) may be required under subpoena to testify in court cases involving clients; in all such cases, therapists continue to have a professional obligation to share only information that is legally required to be shared or that the client has consented to share.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations made less than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment will incur the full fee for the session. This policy is representative of the industry standard within the counselling and psychotherapy professions. When appointments are regular and consistent, therapy is more likely to lead to long-lasting change.
Are you the right counselor for me?
Please feel free to contact me to set up a 20-minute phone consultation so I can answer any questions you have. If it turns out that I’m not the best therapist match for you, I will provide with you referrals to other therapists .