Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I set up a consultation to find out more?
Yes! Please click on the Get In Touch button and fill out the contact form to see when we can talk by phone. Initial consultations are free and usually last about 20 minutes. You decide after that whether you would like to schedule a regular session.
What are your fees?
The regular fee for a 50-minute session is $150. However, I can offer a number of sessions on a sliding scale if this fee is not possible. Usually the scale ranges from $90 to $140 for a 50-minute session. Everyone is encouraged to pay what they can. What you can pay will, of course, depend on income, assets, and life circumstances. You can click HERE for a rough guide to sliding scale fees for Bay Area clients. Fees are ultimately agreed on together as part of the consultation.
Where do we meet?
I have an office in downtown Berkeley where we can meet in-person. In addition, especially during this time of social distancing, we can meet by video online. Once the shelter-in-place guidelines change, we can consider what is most effective--online or in person. You can also read my blog post talking more about the effectiveness of online therapy.
What is the difference between coaching and psychotherapy?
There is overlap in coaching and psychotherapy. However, they are different practices. Psychotherapy is a health care service governed by the state consumer protection board and may (but doesn't necessarily) include diagnosis. Regulations govern where therapy can occur and what the scope of the work may be. It focuses on the way development and personality structures affect relationships with oneself and others. Psychotherapy aims to develop generally more flexibility in life and changing patterns that are not serving clients anymore. The focus of coaching is on the development and implementation of strategies to reach client-identified goals of enhanced performance and personal satisfaction. Obviously, there is overlap here. Coaching may address specific personal projects, life balance, communication skills, relationship fulfillment, job performance and satisfaction, or general conditions in the client’s life, business, or profession.
Both coaching and psychotherapy utilize knowledge of human behavior, motivation and behavioral change, and interactive counseling techniques. The major differences are in the scope of practice, and level of professional responsibility, including legal differences, as well as sometimes goals and focus.
There are confidentiality requirements for psychotherapy that do not legally apply to coaching. However, I contract to observe the same confidentiality in coaching as I would in psychotherapy to the extent the law allows that.
Do you see couples and people working on their relationships?
Yes. Relationships come in many forms and almost always involve challenges to our communication style, a lot of creativity, conflict and growth that bring up all kinds of issues related to our individual personalities. They are rich places of exploration, as we all know. Relationship counseling can involve work with two or more people at a time. For more information on relationship counseling, see the Services page or contact me.