How can therapy help?
Professional guidance and support can help couples and families deal with ongoing relationship issues and family conflict. Therapy helps those struggling with specific issues by providing a safe and positive environment to express concerns, identify core issues and find practical therapeutic solutions to their problems.
How many sessions are required?
The number of sessions varies for each individual, couple or family depending on their particular situation. Therapy will begin with an in-depth evaluation, identifying goals and discussing plan for treatment. These factors help to determine the required number of sessions.
Should I attend the first therapy session alone?
It is always best when couples and families attend sessions together. However, if one partner or a family member is unwilling, individual therapy may be beneficial. Therapy is most effective when people seek ways to grow and change themselves. It is least effective when clients hope to change others. Even though an issue may involve others, changing oneself can bring relief.
Is therapy confidential?
Providing a safe and confidential environment is of utmost importance. Professional therapists are required by law to respect client confidentiality. In accordance with state and federal laws, a licensed therapist is only required to disclose information regarding any individual who displays an intent to harm themselves or others. HIPPA Policy
What can I expect in our first session?
Your initial session explores the primary issue and core struggles that prompted you to seek treatment. This includes a complete diagnostic assessment. In addition, identifying and setting goals to derive the maximum benefit from your treatment is a priority during the first few sessions.
How can I get the most out of therapy?
Therapy can be a very rewarding experience for individuals, couples and families who are seeking constructive solutions to their problems. It is most effective when clients are fully committed to resolving the relationship and family issues they are facing. Active and willing participants achieve results from our effective therapeutic treatment.
Do you see children or adolescents?
Yes, children as young as four who are able to communicate verbally can participate in talk therapy. Adolescents are also welcome to participate in therapy. It ideal for the young person to be invested in and not be forced into treatment. However, good results are possible, even when the teen is resistant.
Some childhood issues might be intertwined with (or influenced by) parental issues, therefore parents are invited to participate in therapy, as needed.
Are you accepting new clients?
Yes. Please see Insurance and Scheduling for more details.
Will I be able to get a prescription for medication?
No, only physicians (and nurse practitioners) can write prescriptions. If you are seeking medication, a psychiatrist is highly recommended. Obtaining an appointment with a psychiatrist can often take several months in the Greater Washington area. A Primary Care Physician is another resource when seeking medication.
For some diagnoses, talk therapy, in conjunction with medication, provides the greatest benefit. However, if you are against medication, are interested in starting therapy without medication, or already have a prescribing physician, feel free to call (703) 350-2996 to begin talk therapy.