What's it like to go to therapy?
For some, going to see a therapist can be really intimidating. It's not easy to talk about your most personal feelings, events, and choices. Like most relationships, your first meeting will say a lot about how you feel about the process and whether you are comfortable with the person you're talking with. The process is less like "ask the doctor", and more like an intentional fireside chat. Intentional in that it's with someone who listens really well and can help you name things for which you may not have had words - helping you navigate the direction you want to go. It's also like a fireside chat in that it is in a place where (hopefully) you feel safe and comfortable. It can be draining as well as invigorating as all deep work is really both.
How often do people do this?
For most, meeting once per week is a good rhythm. Sometimes, in a crisis, it makes sense to meet more often than that for a short time. Less often, say once a month, is hard because too much time passes between to maintain momentum. Also, normally, our sessions last 50 minutes but if you need more time, let's talk about it..
What do you charge?
Both Mike and Jeanenne charge $150.00 per 50 minute session for individual and couples counseling. The rate for interns is $80.00/per 50 minute session for individual and couples counseling We accept checks, cash, Apple Pay Cash and Google Pay.
We don’t contract with insurance companies to be “in network” providers. If you wish to seek reimbursement from your insurance coverage for our services, please let us know and we will be happy to provide you with a statement detailing the information that the insurance company requires for reimbursement.
What about confidentiality?
Yes. We hold your engagement in the counseling process with the utmost care and privacy. Part of the success of counseling depends upon the assurance that ours is a sacred space - that what we talk about, including that we talk at all, is kept absolutely confidential. We will not speak with anyone else about you. There are a few situations where we are required by law to break confidentiality: if there is any indication of harm to yourself (suicidality) or harm to another (homicidality), or any indication that a minor or elder is currently being abused.. And finally, we must surrender records or testify if we receive a specific court order to do so.
In Tolkien's classic work, The Hobbit, there is a place, a house called Rivendell, where travelers and friends come for respite, to heal, to think, and to gather strength for the journey. He describes it this way,
"And so at last they all came to the Last Homely House, and found its doors flung wide. . . His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Evil things did not come into that valley. I wish I had time to tell you even a few of the tales or one or two of the songs that they heard in that house. All of them, the ponies as well, grew refreshed and strong in a few days there. Their clothes were mended as well as their bruises, their tempers and their hopes. Their bags were filled with food and provisions light to carry but strong to bring them over the mountain passes. Their plans were improved with the best advice."
A lovely picture, isn't it? Our hope is to provide some small semblance of such a place. Ours is a work of bringing strength for the journey, a place to slow down, to talk, to wonder, to question, and to move out to into your own world of "mountain passes".
"No man can estimate what is really happening at the present. All we do know, and that to a large extent by direct experience, is that evil labours with vast power and perpetual success-in vain: preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in."
- J. R. R. Tolkien