What should I do if my partner doesn’t want to come with me?
Although it is usually preferable to work with both partners in a relationship, we do encounter situations where one partner does not want to come to therapy. We have found that it is possible for one person to make changes that make a positive difference in the relationship. Sometimes a partner who was initially unwilling to come to therapy agrees to come after his or her partner has come to a few sessions.
If your partner does not want to come in, this does not necessarily mean that he or she would not like to have a better relationship with you. Some people view coming to therapy as a sign of weakness that they were not able to solve the problems on their own. Others are fearful of being judged or blamed in therapy. Some have had bad experiences with past therapists who were not adequately trained in marriage and family therapy. If your partner is unwilling to come in, we can work with you on possible ways to encourage him or her to participate with you. If he or she is still unwilling to come with you, we would be glad to work with you on what you can do to improve your relationship.
Can I come see you if I have an individual problem?
Although working with couples is our main specialty, we also have extensive experience in working with families and individuals on a wide variety of problems. In fact, our training in marriage and family therapy actually gives us a unique understanding in working with individuals. We are able to see how people’s problems develop within the context of a person’s life and relationships.
Does insurance cover any of the cost of counseling?
Many insurance plans provide some coverage for counseling as long as they consider it to be “medically necessary.” What this means is that, similar to when you go to see a doctor, your counselor will need to provide the insurance company with a diagnosis for at least one person in the relationship in order for you to have some of the cost covered by insurance. This is a requirement for insurance reimbursement with any counselor you see.
If you decide to use insurance, you should check with your insurance carrier before starting counseling to check on the details of your coverage. Our office can help provide you with any information your insurance company needs in order to verify coverage. We also encourage you to talk with your counselor about who is being identified as the patient and what diagnosis they will be using for reimbursement purposes. We usually file insurance claims on your behalf, but we can also provide you with a receipt for you to file claims on your own.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, and credit cards (Mastercard and VISA) for payment.