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 what your current needs are.
The length of time a client is in counseling depends 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.
Unfortunately, sometimes one partner is not as willing as the other to come in for counseling. However, I often find that it is possible to improve the relationship with just one person involved in counseling.
Your fee depends on the kind of services you request. When you contact me we can discuss the fees, methods of payment, and insurance that I accept. Fees are determined on a sliding scale. Because of issues related to confidentiality and other related issues I will gladly see clients for a reduced fee if they decide to not utilize their medical insurance.
As counselors and therapists, we are not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist or your primary care physician to determine whether medication is warranted.
Joseph Fonash, LCSW
Individual, Group, Family Counseling