100% Satisfaction Guarantee
I am so confident that you'll love working with me and get more out of 1 session with me than you'd get from 3 sessions with someone else that I guarantee it!
Simply set up a session and if you're not 100% satisfied, just say "this is not for me" within the first 1/2 of our session.
I'll say, "Ok, thanks for giving me a try," and there will be no charge!
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You are more than a number or a file to me, I truly care about you and your relationship. For this reason, I have limited my practice to a small number of clients so I can deliver the exceptional, compassionate care you deserve.
Through my concierge practice, you will receive the following benefits:
- Personalized, customized care
- Private access via phone, e-mail and text
- Confidential text and e-mail support between sessions
- Same-day or next-day appointments
- House calls, site visits and "field trips" when needed
- Coordination of care with your health team
Counseling by phone
The convenience and privacy of phone therapy is ideal for you if you have a very complex schedule, are working overseas, or have a new baby at home. You can chat or text with me from the comfort of your home, office or anywhere in the world.
25 minute phone session | $ 100
50 minute phone session | $ 200
75 minute phone session | $ 280
Counseling at my office
If you live near Orange County, I'd love to meet with you personally. My office, located 5 minutes from the Irvine Spectrum, is a cozy, professional and very private cottage nestled in a historic eucalyptus forest.
25 minute office session | $ 140
50 minute office session | $ 250
75 minute office session | $ 320
90 minute office session | $ 375
Counseling at your home or office
For those who require the ultimate in privacy, personal care and discretion, I am happy to offer therapy house calls. I will come to you, you choose the location for our meeting. Pricing is for locations within 25 miles of Irvine and I ask that we have a phone or office session before your first mobile therapy session to make sure we are a good fit.
50 minute house call session | $ 500
75 minute house call session | $ 600
90 minute house call session | $ 700
Commitment has its rewards! If you're ready to invest in your relationship, I am happy to offer you the following package discounts...
Pre-pay for 3 sessions | 5 % discount
Pre-pay for 5 sessions | 7 % discount
Pre-pay for 10 sessions | 10 % discount
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance or health savings accounts (HSAs)?
What can we expect from couples counseling?
You can expect to feel comfortable and safe within a supportive, non-judgmental environment. You will not be blamed, criticized, or "beaten up." Rather, you will be heard and respected for your thoughts and perspective. You can both expect to get feedback from me on how to improve your relationship. I typically give guidance to each of you on what you can do differently to make the relationship stronger and more positive. I will specifically coach you on:
- how to talk to each other
- how to fight fairly
- how to resolve conflicts
- how to build and increase trust
- how to increase closeness and connection
- how to bring love and passion back to the marriage
- how to increase positivity
- how to improve the quality time you spend together
- how to prevent your relationship from getting in a bad spot
- how to handle problem areas - like affairs, addictions, parenting issues, trust issues, and other
What specific kind of relationship therapy do you do?
Through the years, I've found that a blend of therapeutic approaches will get you the best and fastest results. My goal is always to help you strengthen your relationship and get back to a good place as fast as possible. To do this, I use a custom blend of the following techniques: Gottman Marriage Counseling Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology and Humanistic Therapy.
What happens in the first marriage counseling session?
While every couple is unique, I start with the following agenda for the first meeting with a new couple:
(1) Quick History: I'd like to get a little history on your life together. How long have you been together? How did you meet and fall in love? What's happened since you got married? How would you describe your life together in the last couple of years?
(2) Overview of Current Problems: What's going on now? What made you decide to come in for therapy now? What is your perspective on your relationship problems? What have you tried to make things better?
(3) Therapy Wishlist: What are you wishing for? What are you craving or longing for in this relationship?
(4) Sample Conversation Exercise: this is an exercise where I ask the two of you to talk to each other as you would at home (i.e.,pretend I am not in the room), so I can get a sense of how you communicate.
(5) Feedback and Action Plan: We will wrap up our first meeting by talking about my thoughts and observations on how to help the two of you move forward. Then we'll quickly review and come up with an action plan for the following week.
How many sessions will I need?
That is really up to you and it depends on your goals. Some couples want to come in 1-2 times for an evaluation and to get some advice on what to do to make things better. Others prefer to have a little more help and choose to come in weekly for 6-8 weeks. Some have experienced a serious issue or severe trauma and choose to invest in intensive counseling for a few months.
My goal is always to get you better as fast as possible. I encourage you to do as much work on your relationship on your own as you can; I am best used for consultation when you reach a point where you don't know what to do next or have hit a wall.
If I need relationship counseling, does it mean I'm weak or something's wrong with me? Shouldn't I be able to figure out my problems on my own?
No, not at all. The people I take care of are smart, creative, resourceful, caring people who just want to learn how to do things differently. They are CEOs, community leaders, teachers, doctors, moms, business owners, contractors, and dads. They are people like you! There is nothing wrong with them, they just want a little expert guidance.
It turns out that it is really hard to figure out how to fix your marriage when you are in the marriage. Because you are emotionally involved in the relationship, you can't see things objectively. This doesn't mean that anything is wrong with you, it just means that you are too close to the situation to see it clearly.
How do I know if I need couples counseling?
You will benefit from counseling if you're going through a relationship transition, like having a second baby, or if you've hit a bump in the road and you don't know what to do to make it better. Or you've tried some things to make it better and it isn't getting better.
Most of the couples I take care of are dealing with one or more of these common relationship problems:
- Frequent fighting
- Feeling unheard or misunderstood
- Having the same fight again and again
- Recovering from an affair
- Rebuilding trust after an affair
- Understanding why an affair happened
- Restoring intimacy and closeness after an affair
- Increasing friendship and connection in their marriage
- Bringing more happiness and closeness to their marriage
Is it ok for me to come alone to the first session?
Sure, it is fine for you to come alone to the first session. Some people would like to have an individual session before their first couples session. This absolutely fine. My only request is that you run this plan by your partner, so he/she feels included in your decision from the beginning.
What if my partner doesn't want to come to counseling?
This is actually very common. While I'd love to see you and your partner together, if only one of you is open to counseling right now, that is fine. I am happy to work with you individually to discuss what you can do to make your relationship stronger. There's a lot you can do to make it better on your own and often, when things start getting better, your partner will probably open up to the idea of coming in for some help too.