New to Counseling?
Congratulations on taking the first step for therapy. Although it can be intimidating, engaging in San Diego Therapy is also a courageous, proactive choice to improve your life. Engaging in couples counseling and individual therapy is a brave step in getting what you want – a healthy sense of connectedness with yourself and in relationships. Using scientifically backed counseling methods, Chappell Therapy provides a safe, comfortable place for you to obtain your goals.
San Diego Therapy – What to Expect
I want you to feel as comfortable as possible beginning your relationship work. For that reason, I’ve outlined in general what to expect as we begin our work together:
Pre Session – I am available via email or phone to answer any questions you have before the first session. We will work together to schedule a time that works for you. Convenient day, evening and weekend appointments are available with Jennifer Chappell Marsh or one of Chappell Therapy’s Marriage and Family Therapist Interns. Once we confirm your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation along with detailed directions to the office. You will also receive an intake form in advance so you can fill it out and bring it with you to our first appointment.
First Session – The goal of the first Couples Therapy session is for you to leave with an assurance that I understand how the relationship currently works and that change will occur. Together, I will get to understand your experience in the relationship, how it got there and outline the pattern of interaction that leaves you feeling disconnected. I will listen to both sides, without judgement. At the end of the first session, you will have a clear sense of what is causing the relationship distress along with a vision of how positive change will occur. For Individual Therapy sessions – the goal is for you to leave with a sense that I understand what you are going through and we have a roadmap to get you where you want to be.
Continuing Sessions – With Couples Therapy, my role is to facilitate the conversation to get your needs met, I do not take sides. Instead, I am an advocate for your relationship. In the upcoming sessions I will ensure complete emotional safety while giving you tools to communicate and resolve conflict in a way that makes your relationship bond stronger. Most couples want to plan for 6-8 counseling sessions in order to experience lasting change. For Individual Therapy, continuing sessions will focus on developing an understanding of what negative cycles are getting in the way of what you want and taking actionable steps to address them.
Answers to Common Therapy Questions
How much does a Therapy session cost? Do you take insurance?
A therapy session for individuals is generally 50 minutes. Couples and family sessions can last for either 50 minutes or 90 minutes, depending upon your needs. A 50 minute session with Jennifer is $150; 90 minutes sessions are $225. Sessions with a Chappell Therapy Intern under Jennifer’s supervision are $100 per 50 minute session and $150 for 90 minutes. Cash, check and credit/debit cards are accepted. Insurance is accepted as an Out-of-Network Provider. If you choose to use your insurance, all fees are paid upfront and then you are reimbursed by your insurance carrier. Depending upon the carrier, reimbursements are usually received between 2-3 weeks after submission.
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people choose therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, anxiety or depression or in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
How can therapy help me?
There are a number of benefits available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking therapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and therapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.