What is Emotionally Focused Couples Counseling (EFCT)?
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What to expect during the first contact?
I like to speak with new clients on the phone before scheduling the first session. For couples, this means that I want to speak with both of your (a 3-way call is fine if you can’t be in the same location) so we all stay on the same page. This allows me to make sure I'm the best fit for your needs, and vice versa. During the 15-20 minute conversation you'll tell me a bit about what you are wanting to work on and where you would like to end up, we will start to develop a plan, and discuss the structure of therapy. Then of course, schedule the appointment!
What should I expect during the first few appointments?
In the first appointment we will review the paperwork that you completed in the client portal and I will begin the process of getting to know you and what you're looking to work on more in depth.
I meet with you both in the first appointment and then I will meet with you each separately for individual appointments. I also offer an extended first appointment to hit the ground running. This type of first appointment is 2.5 hours and held on Monday afternoons. During this appointment, we will meet all together for 50 minutes, then I will meet with you each individually for 45 minutes, and leave 10 minutes at the end to meet as a group to wrap up and schedule ongoing appointments. If time does not permit for this extended session, we can meet instead meet for the three separate appointments.
Sessions are 50 minutes in length and held weekly. Longer sessions are available upon request and scheduling availability.
What type of appointments do you offer?
All clients are taken on with the expectation of weekly appointments. This makes sure that work is done consistently, builds momentum, and change will be seen more quickly
Regular Slot: This is the most common type of appointment. In this appointment type you will have a regular weekly appointment time. The time is blocked off for you unless you specifically cancel a date (ex., for vacation or conflicting obligation). This allows most folks to organize their schedules in such a way to accommodate appointments with work and other obligations.
Floating Slot: I offer a select few floating slots. These appointments are scheduled on a week to week basis, sometimes can be 2-3 weeks in advance, and is based on the cancellations of regular slot appointments (ex., when folks go out of town on business or vacation). Sometimes I know way ahead of time and sometimes I only know a few days in advance what will be available in a specific week. This is a good appointment type if you have a flexible schedule. While this type of appointment cannot guarantee weekly appointments, it is still what we are shooting for.
Appointment frequency is weekly. I find that this works best to build momentum and really make change in your relationship.
What are your office hours?
Monday: Introductory New Couple Appointments Only
Tuesday: 9:30am - 4pm (last appointment 3pm)
Wednesday: 1pm - 7pm (last appointment 6pm)
Thursday: 8:30pm - 2:30pm (last appointment 1:30pm)
Do you offer online/remote appointments?
Yes! If you live in Seattle I would prefer to see you in person, but in the case of occasional illness or being out of town we can certainly set up a virtual appointment so you are still seen that week.
Also, I am licensed both in Washington State and Massachusetts. So, if you are not easily commutable to Seattle, then I would be happy to set up regular virtual appointments so that you can still receive services with me.
How does payment work?
Payment is expected at the time of session and can be made by cash, check, or credit card (including FSA or HSA cards).
What are your fees?
A 50 minute session is billed at a rate of $250. Longer sessions are available upon request and availability.
The rate of the 2.5 hour introductory couples package is $650, which is helpful in reducing the initial cost of treatment and hitting the ground running.
Do you take insurance?
I am not in network with insurance. Most insurance companies do not reimburse for couples counseling. If your insurance does reimburse for couples counseling, I would be glad to talk with you more about navigating your use out-of-network benefits.
If using your insurance is important to you, I always recommend calling your insurance company and understanding your out-of-network mental health benefits. Here are some questions to ask when talking to your insurance provider should you choose to use your out-of-network coverage.