How long does treatment last?

The length of treatment varies depending upon each individual and the work they would like to do.  After our initial consultation, I will let you know how long I expect it will take to accomplish the goals you share with me.  Ultimately, the length of work we do is up to you. 

What kind of treatment is right for me?

Every individual’s treatment is different. The type, length and frequency of treatment is determined by the therapist and patient together.  Different therapists work in different ways.  Often the best way to determine if a therapist is the right fit is to set up a consultation.  Within a session or two, your should have the experience of feeling understood.  Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the connection you forge with your therapist is often the best predictor of treatment success and satisfaction. 

What should I expect at my first appointment? 

Your first one or two sessions (up to 4 sessions for couples) are an opportunity for me to understand what prompted you to contact me, to get a basic understanding of your background and arrive at some preliminary ideas of how I can best help.  These sessions are also intended to give you a feel for what to expect in therapy with me and discern if you think I can help.  Like other doctors’ offices, you may encounter other clients in the waiting room.  Clients to my office sit on the couch or in a chair; they don’t lie on an analytic couch, as you might have seen on TV.  Sessions last for 50 minutes. 

Do you prescribe medication?

Psychologists in Washington, DC are not licensed to prescribe medication. Should you request a medication consultation or should I believe that you might benefit from a medication consultation I will refer you to a psychiatrist in the community.

Can I bring my baby to sessions?

You are welcome to bring your infant to your therapy sessions. However, I do not provide child care and my office is not well-suited to active babies and older children.  While some women and men find it helpful for their infants to participate in the session with them, others find it distracting and need or want the time for themselves.