Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to prepare for therapy?

Overlap between medical/physiologic issues and sexual concerns is not uncommon.  I will always ask when your last complete physical or gynecological/urological exam was.  If you have not had a physical exam in over a year, it is best to schedule one with your doctor prior to coming to therapy.  This will help us to quickly rule out any physiological issues that may be contributing to the problem. Other than that, just bring yourself and a willingness to grow!

Do you prescribe medication?

No.  Only a medical doctor may prescribe medication.  If I believe you need medication, whether psychotropic or otherwise, I am happy to make a referral to a physician I believe may best meet your needs.

Is therapy confidential?

Therapy is always confidential with a few exceptions: If you indicate an intent to hurt yourself or someone else; if you indicate having participated in or have knowledge of any child or dependent abuse or neglect. I often consult with other therapists about cases; however, no identifying information is ever disclosed. 

What should I expect in the first session?

The first session will focus on the presenting problem.  I prefer to see both you and your partner together the first time.  This allows me to understand each of your perspectives on the cause and influence of the problem and also to see how you interact as a couple.  I will take a thorough assessment of the specific concern. I will then ask (unless you specifically request otherwise) to see each of you individually for a more thorough assessment.

How long will I be in therapy?

While many problems can be resolved in 6 to 12 sessions, the amount of time spent in therapy varies from case to case.  After a thorough assessment, I will be able to provide you with a general idea. Factors that influence how long therapy lasts include the complexity of the problem, the length of time you’ve experienced the problem, and the amount of time you devote to working on the problem in between sessions. It is usually best that we meet on a once weekly basis.  Sessions are usually 45-50 minutes unless you specifically request otherwise.

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