I do have some flexibility to lower my fees. We would have a conversation about what you need prior to our starting work.
My first meeting is extended an extra 30 minutes without additional charge. (Follow-up meeting length: Individual – 50 minutes; couples/families – 70 minutes.
While the fee total is different, the rate is comparable when taking into consideration the additional 20 minutes that is added for Couples/Families.
There is no rule about having to work with both partners if one partner is disinterested and the other wants assistance. In fact, addressing relationship issues within Individual counseling is not out of the ordinary.
This question is similar to the one above; there is no rule about having to work with all the family members if someone is unable to participate for one reason or another. Depending on the situation, we could possibly put aside an empty chair to “bring” the person into the room.
Do you have experience working with parents of children who have a history of abusing alcohol and drugs?
I have worked with parents of adolescents or adult children who received chemical dependency treatment or were still actively using substances. The challenges for parents of both age groups are similar yet very different; they are different even for parents of younger versus older adolescents.
I have extensive experience working with couples and families with someone in recovery.
Need is typically the determining factor along with financial ability. It is not uncommon for Individuals to meet weekly whereas Couples/Families may start weekly and then taper down with less frequent visits.
It is your legal right to end your work with me at any point in the process. As a rule, I encourage folks to talk about their intentions in advance of taking action. Sometimes an impulse to leave is just that, an impulse to avoid what might be an opportunity for growth.