What does LMFT stand for? Does that mean you only see couples or families? Do we have to be married?
LMFT stands for Licensed Marital & Family Therapist. I have specialized training in treating mental health and relational issues. My training is to see issues through a systemic lens, whether the client is an individual, couple, or family. Clients are seen regardless of marital status.
How long and how many times per week is a typical session?
Your first session will be approximately 90 minutes. After that, sessions are usually 50 minutes. Most clients are seen weekly at the beginning of services, and become less frequent as progress is made.
How long will I be in therapy?
The length of time clients are in therapy depends the nature of the problem and the goals that we will identify together. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a short period of time. For others, therapy is an on-going process and they may choose to receive services for a longer period.
Does my partner need to come to sessions? What if I want couples therapy, but my partner is unable to attend?
I respect the client's wishes for who is involved in his or her therapy experience. When addressing relational issues, I believe that in most cases progress can best be made with both partners present. However, it is not always feasible to do so, and it is possible to make change with just one person involved.
How much do you charge and do you take insurance?
Most major insurance plans are accepted. If you choose to pay out of pocket, the fee varies with type of service requested. Talk with Abbie during your initial phone call to discuss fees and payment options specific to what you are looking for.
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