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Thank you for your contacting me. Reaching out for therapy is often a wise choice and it takes initiative. Congrats!My apologies for this templated response. I use this template for efficiency as I can't read and respond to emails on a daily basis.You can grab an initial appointment with me using my online scheduler. But you can't get a repeat appointment this way.My assistant will be reaching out to you shortly, to discuss availability, so you can have a repeat appointment time. I suggest that you start therapy weekly or every other week. Below are some FAQ and advice about choosing a therapist.Warmly,Julia1. Do you have availability?Yes. You can see it on my website with the calendar. You can take an appointment. To see if I have times that work for a repeat appointment, check out my cal for 3 months from now. It will show open appointments and you can see if there are times that work for you. But it is easiest to let my assistant do this and contact you. If no times work for you, ask because I may know that a couple are close to finishing therapy.2. Do you have a waiting list? I think if you want help, it's best to get it and not wait. If I have no times, I can give you names of good therapists. However, if you want to wait to work with me, just let me know.3. Do you take insurance?All insurance companies except HMO's like Kaiser, will reimburse you a portion of my bills. The amount they pay you back is dependent on your plan. You can ask them. Tell them that I am an LCSW and I have 54 minute sessions for individual and 80 minute sessions for couples. If you have an HSA, I can charge the HSA credit card via Square. Below are my thoughts on choosing a therapist.Choosing a therapist can be hard. Here is my advice:For couples work: For couples therapy, make sure the therapist is trained by the Gottmans. You can read about Gottman's research online; it is the gold standard for couples work.Best if the therapist offers longer couples sessions. Gottman's research is clear that longer sessions are far more effective than 50 minute sessions. The last 15 minutes are often the gold of the session.Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is often helpful-- but not as crucial as Gottman. Feel and fit-- talk with the therapist on the phone or have an initial session and see if it feels right to both of you. Availability-- make sure you can meet. Start weekly and then move down to every other week and then to once ever 3 months or so to just keep the skills up. And then just when there are new challenges. I make room for couples after they have finished therapy because research shows how helpful it is to have "tune-ups". Ask the therapist about his or her experience with your specific issues. Seeing someone who knows something about the area makes a difference!For an individual therapist:Ask friends and other therapists for referrals. Think about what you want from a therapist. Do you want someone who mostly listens or someone who also talks? Do you like practical help or to stay focused on emotions? Ask the therapist if they share what works for others or give suggestions.Is there a speciality you need? A therapist who specializes in eating disorders, alcoholism, panic disorders? Raise it and ask if the therapist is familiar with these issues and has helped and learned from folks dealing with this. Talk to the therapist beforehand and see if it feels right.
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