People looking for a counselor often have many questions. Below are some that I often hear, and may help to clarify your search.
You're a marriage and family therapist (MFT). Do you work with individuals, too?
Yes. Clients who strictly want to do individual work are a great fit with MFTs because that work is, generally, about their past or present struggles in the context of a primary or significant relationship. Often in these relationships, people feel "stuck" in some way and need tools to get "un-stuck" to resolve their current challenges. MFTs are trained to consider family systems as we work. This means that if you, as an individual, seek therapy with an MFT, s/he will ask you questions to assess your current or past relationships. Using this approach powerfully impacts people's lives because when individuals are able to sort through their own struggles, they have a greater capacity to be the person, friend, and family member they truly want to be.
How long will I need to go to counseling?
I'm so glad you asked! This is an important question, especially for people who are coming to counseling for the first time. The answer to this question greatly depends on the reasons you are seeking counseling. I work to equip people with practical tools right at the beginning of our work together so that clients can immediately begin making gains towards their goals. Some clients can quickly work through their particular struggles once they have received tools to manage their situation and no longer require counseling. Others find it useful to continue seeing a therapist for several weeks to several months.
How do you arrange payment?
My clients pay for services in full at the end of each visit with cash, check or credit cards. You can also use a Health Savings Account to pay for services. If payment would be the obstacle to you receiving services, I encourage you to discuss it with me.
How do I schedule an appointment with you?
You may reach me through any of the following means:
- Telephone: 512-537-5977
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- My Website: you can message me by clicking here.
Once you contact me, we will briefly talk about what is bringing you to counseling, answer any questions you may have and, if working together is the next best step for you, we will set up an appointment.
I want to bring my partner or child to therapy but they refuse. What should I do?
MFT's work systemically and help their clients think that way, too. Change in one part of the family system will lead to change in others. If you come to therapy without your spouse/partner/child, you will still notice that change occurs in your relationships. However, the more family members are involved, the more profound and lasting the changes.
According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, clients who seek help from a family therapists report individual improvement in their sense of well-being, and approximately 75% of clients report their adult relationships or parent-child relationships have improved.
If you have more questions, you can contact me at 512-537-5977 or at email@example.com.