Who are MFTS and what do they do?
MFT stands for “Marriage and Family Therapist”. MFTs provide psychotherapy to children and adults, but also have additional training in providing therapy to families and couples.
What is Psychotherapy ?
Therapy, or psychotherapy, is the process of meeting with a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can trust, in order to resolve problematic symptoms and behaviors, beliefs, patterns of negative communication and conflict, feelings, and various concerns. Therapy can help clients change the way they think, behave and feel. Therapy is also a very effective method for self-growth and self-actualization; it can treat a variety of psychological disorders. Therapy can be in different modalities such as individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, child therapy, group therapy, etc. Different techniques are used for different modalities.
What about Medication vs. Psychotherapy?
MFTs do not prescribe psychotropic medications. That’s what psychiatrists do. Therapy can help you understand the cause of your problems, finding the long term solution to your psychological distress; increase your awareness and coping skills to deal with future problems. Medications can assist in treating some of the symptoms. In some cases a combination of medication and therapy can be the right choice. If needed, referrals to psychiatrists can be provided.
What to expect in Therapy?
Therapists use techniques to help clients develop healthier, more effective habits, patterns of communication and interaction that can lead to happier lives. Therapists help clients increase insight and awareness of what’s really happening.
Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a therapist. It provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. We work together to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best. Although this may be difficult at first, I encourage you to open up in therapy and be truthful and open to feedback. Therapy can bring up difficult emotions at times, however, by working through these challenges with your therapist, you will not only solve some problems, but you will also learn new skills so you can better cope with whatever challenges arise in the future.
Who needs psychotherapy?
Everyone can benefit from therapy because every person goes through difficult life phases.
Life is easier when you are aware of what’s happening and how to help the situation. Some people may want help for past events that are interfering with their life every day. Some may have a diagnosis they were unaware of. Others may have short-term problems they need help navigating. People seek therapy when feeling overwhelmed, feeling helpless and sad; when their problems are not getting better even though they try hard to fix them; advice from family and friends still doesn’t make them feel good; they have difficulties concentrating or carrying out everyday activities; they find themselves worrying a lot and expecting the worst, etc. You don’t need to have a “major” problem to go to therapy. Just feeling unable to deal with your problem or feeling unhappy makes you a good therapy candidate.
What is Confidentiality?
Confidentiality is a very important aspect of your therapy. It means that what you discuss in therapy with me will not be shared with others. I will provide you with a written copy of my confidentiality disclosure agreement (informed consent) on your first appointment. If you want me to discuss any of your information with someone else (friend, family member, doctor, attorney, etc.), by law, I will not release any information unless I obtain your written permission first. Please note that state law and professional ethics require therapists to break confidentiality in the following situations: * if the therapist has reason to suspect the client is in danger to harm himself/herself or has threatened to harm another person. * suspected past or current abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, and elders. I will also discuss confidentiality, state requirements and its limits in detail during our first session.
What are your Rates,Payment Methods and Cancellation Policy?
My fee $200-$250 per therapy session (individual, couples or family, 50minutes). Sliding scales are available on a limited basis, if needed. $200-$250 per therapeutic hour (50minutes) of therapy over phone or skype (in person sessions may be required prior). For group counseling/ workshop fees, please contact me. Cash, checks, most major credit cards, and venmo are accepted for payment methods. No health insurance accepted currently. If you do not attend your scheduled appointment and do not cancel 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the cost for the missed session.
What are the treatment methods used?
My theoretical approach is eclectic, where various therapeutic approaches are integrated and tailored to each client’s needs and personal goals. Most often I use Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Family Systems, Gottman Method for couples therapy, Humanistic, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative therapy, Positive Psychology , Solution Focused therapy (SFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).