What is your approach to marriage counseling?
Marriages often fail before they are given a chance. My goal is not merely to solve problems but to create the relationship you have always dreamed of. Using research supported techniques I help the couple create a safe space where they can begin to truly see one another and deeply connect (often for the first time). In that safe space the couple is taught effective ways to dialogue and resolve the issues they are confronting. These new relationship tools are theirs to use when new issues arise in the future.
What type of personal issues do you treat?
Issues treated fall into two primary categories:
- The reduction and management of stress and dysfunction due to various life challenges such as parenting, marriage, relationship problems, job issues, health issues, grief and so on.
- The reduction and management of internal stress caused by specific mental and emotional patterns. These distorted patterns can lead to debilitating issues such as low self-esteem, negativity, irritability, anxiety, confusion and depression.
What parenting/family issues do you treat?
I work with the parents and children to create and implement interventions that can solve everyday behavioral problems, address fears, moods and anger, and improve the parent-child relationship.
My child is experimenting with drugs and alcohol, is that something you deal with.
Yes. Adolescent drug use is addressed together with other issues (social, emotional, psychological) that your child is likely experiencing.
Will we talk about my childhood?
You lead the therapeutic process. This is often not necessary to achieve one’s goals. However, if discussing your upbringing will lead to insight that can inspire change, then it may be helpful.
What are your specializations?
Parenting and family issues that relate to adolescents. Marital issues at all stages.
How long is each session?
A personal counseling session is 50 minutes.
A marriage/family counseling session 60 minutes.
Do you accept insurance?
No. Please know that submitting claims to insurance companies forces the disclosure of a mental health diagnosis, and that information can stay with you forever. I value your privacy and prefer not to provide this information unless authorized by you. If you still feel it is necessary to go through your insurance, I do provide assistance so that you may file on your own. You would pay for the full cost of the session, then submit the insurance claim for personal reimbursement. I will provide you with a receipt that will help you facilitate this process.
What are your fees?
$200 per 50 minute personal/individual counseling session.
$225 per 60 minute marriage/family counseling session.
I offer limited sliding scale fee arrangements based on need.
How long until I see results from working with you?
This depends on several factors including your specific goals and level of motivation. Generally, client goals are established early and together, we determine approximately how many sessions will be necessary to accomplish your goals.
What are your office hours?
I accepts appointments for weekdays (M-F) between 11 and 6 as well as Sunday morning (9:00 – 11:00). My office is closed on Saturday and Jewish holidays.
Do you only work with Jewish clients?
Many of my clients come from the South Florida Jewish community. Nevertheless, I work with clients from all backgrounds. My approach is spiritually universal and I believe in the divine essence and transformative potential of each and every human being.
For couple’s counseling do both husband and wife need to be present?
No. Couple’s counseling can proceed with either member. Yet, the most effective outcomes are attained when working with the couple as a whole.
Do you speak languages other than English?
Are there clients that you will not accept?
Yes, but please contact me with your specific situation in order to determine compatibility.
For family therapy, do you need to see the entire family together?
No. Family therapy can proceed with any single member or family grouping. Yet, family therapy is most effective when the family can be seen together, at least initially.
Do you treat addictions?
Yes, all types.
Do you do counseling via skype or facetime?
Yes, please contact me for specific information regarding this form of therapy.
Have you studied Imago Therapy?
Yes, I have been trained in Imago Relationship Therapy and I strongly believe in its ability to transform a marriage.