Q. How long and how many times a week is a typical session?

A. Sessions are usually 50 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning, then, as time goes on, less frequently. The number of sessions depends on your current needs.

Q. How long will I be in counseling?

A. The length of time a client is in counseling depends on the nature of the problem and the goals of the counseling. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to receive counseling for a longer period.

Q. What if I want couples counseling, but my partner won’t come?

A. Unfortunately, sometimes one partner is not as open to counseling. However, it is often possible to improve the relationship with just one person involved in counseling.

Q. How much are your fees and do you take insurance?

A. Your fee depends on the types of service you request. You can learn more about the insurance we accept, fees, methods of payment, and general payment policy when you call.

Q. Do I need to take medications?

A. As a therapist, Rebecca cannot legally prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication is warranted. Typically, clients see someone under their health insurance coverage or, if you prefer, we can provide a referral to a psychiatrist.

Addiction: persistent, compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance known by the user to be harmful.

Anger Management: a system of psychological therapeutic techniques and exercises by which someone with excessive or uncontrollable anger and aggression can control or reduce the triggers, degrees, and effects of an angered emotional state.

Anxiety: a feeling of fear, unease, and worry.

Art Therapy: a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy): a talking therapy. CBT aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure in the present.

Codependency: an unhealthy love and a tendency to behave in overly passive or excessively caretaking ways that negatively impact one’s relationships and quality of life.

Communication issues: misunderstandings, resulting from poor communication, can easily cause a conflict or make it worse.

Deep Breathing: a method used to increase one’s vitality and promote relaxation.

Depression: an intense feeling of sadness and other symptoms, like losing interest in things you enjoy. Depression is a medical illness, not a sign of weakness. And it’s treatable.

Dissociative Disorders: conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity and/or perception.

Divorce: the final termination of a marital union, canceling the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and dissolving the bonds of matrimony between the parties.

Eating Disorders: a group of conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health. Bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are the most common specific forms in the United States.

Emotional intimacy: an aspect of interpersonal relationships that varies in intensity from one relationship to another and varies from one time to another.

Fear: a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat.

Gender issues: Gender is the way in which an individual self-identifies with a gender category, for example, as being either a man or a woman, or in some cases being neither, which can be distinct from biological sex.

Impulse Control Disorders: disorders in which a person acts on a certain impulse, that is potentially harmful, but they cannot resist.

Insomnia: a common condition in which a person has trouble falling or staying asleep.

Life Coaching: an exercise that helps people identify and achieve personal goals.

Loneliness: an unpleasant feeling in which a person feels a strong sense of emptiness and solitude resulting from inadequate levels of social relationships.

Loss or Grief: Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. The reasons for grief are many, such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of health, or the letting go of a long-held dream.

Meditation: refers to any form of a family of practices in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit.

Music Therapy: is the use of music by health care professionals to promote healing and enhance quality of life for their patients.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).

Pain Management: a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain.

Parenting: the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood.

Personality Disorders: a group of psychiatric conditions in which a person’s long-term (chronic) behaviors, emotions, and thoughts are very different from their culture’s expectations and cause serious problems with relationships and work.

Psycho Therapy: a general term referring to any form of therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client or patient; family, couple or group.

Relationship Issues: Healthy relationships allow for individuality, bring out the best in both people, and invite personal growth. A relationship experiencing troublesome differences and repeating patterns of distress may warrant therapy.

Sadness: a transient feeling that passes as a person comes to term with his/her troubles.

Self-esteem issues: a term in psychology to reflect a person’s overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy: a type of talking therapy that is based upon social constructionist philosophy. It focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on the problem(s) that made them seek help.

Stress: is a term in psychology and biology and refers to the failure to respond adequately to mental, emotional or physical demands whether actual or imagined. The result can be feelings of frustration, anger or nervousness.

Substance Abuse: the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are indicated or in a manner or in quantities other than directed.

Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Trauma is an event outside normal human experience. Trauma generally leaves you feeling powerless, helpless and paralyzed. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the name given to a cluster of symptoms often seen in trauma survivors. The more severe the trauma, the longer these symptoms will persist.

Trust issues: suspicion in the honesty of someone, typically involving a relationship.