I will be open, caring, respectful, and non-judgmental and will honor your relationships.
I will be on time for appointments and I will provide a safe, confidential, and comfortable space for you.
What if I have a real difficulty talking about my issues with you or my partner?
In our first session, I will teach you to have safe conversations.
You will learn to eliminate blaming, shaming, or criticizing your partner and to share your feelings and your vulnerability.
I will teach you to speak in a manner that allows you to be heard and understood.
I will help you to become a competent and focused listener who is able to hear a partner in a manner that promotes closeness and connection.
I practice an Imago technique called Intentional Dialogue, and I know that it can improve your relationships with yourself and others.
What if I don't feel comfortable with you?
Although I cannot guarantee results, I am aware that the most important predictor of successful individual or couple therapy is the relationship you share with me. You must like and be able to trust me in order for the psychotherapy to be effective. From your first contact with me and throughout your first session, I invite you to evaluate me and determine how comfortable and trusting you feel with me.
I must be a “good match”, and if I am not, I will help you find another professional where this can happen.
What about my privacy?
Your privacy is of utmost importance and is protected.
Any and all information you share bring up is confidential by State and Federal law.
What is expected of me?
I expect you to be on time for your appointments and to show up with an open mind and an open heart.
If you need to cancel an appointment, I request a 24-hour notice so you won’t be charged unless it is an emergency.
I expect you to pay for each session at the end of the sessions in cash or by check.
I expect you to do assigned “homework” between sessions and I request that you keep handouts and homework assignments in a separate folder and have it with you on each visit.
I ask you to keep your sessions private and not share information about them with anyone except your partner.
How do I schedule an appointment?
To protect your privacy and give you the attention and feedback you deserve, I do all appointment scheduling by phone at (248) 644-7799.
Email inquiries are not supported since they do not provide you with the security and immediacy of a phone call.
I am reachable at other times as needed and always available in emergencies.
What is your availability?
Sessions are conducted in person in my private Beverly Hills, Michigan office. I normally conduct sessions on 2 weekdays.
I also work on weekends, and evening appointments are available on a limited basis.
How long does the therapy take?
It depends on a variety of factors. The length of your relationship and the presence of children are among them.
Generally, the time depends on how much work you put into it and the complexity of the issues.
Do you accept insurance?
I don't accept insurance, as its regulations allow only 55 minute sessions, and can limit the number of sessions in a benefit period. As your therapist, I want to provide you with the best possible care you need and deserve.
What else do I need to know?
I develop a personal therapy plan for each client’s unique needs. I encourage open dialog about therapeutic progress and goals. I work with adults and adolescents age 17 and up.
Individual sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes.
Couples’ sessions can be longer.
Many couples elect to have extended sessions as they become more advanced.
I offer a sliding-fee scale. Payment is expected at the time of service either by check or cash.