What makes you different from a couples therapist or relationship coach?

A couples therapist (also known as a marriage and family therapist or couples counselor) holds a master's degree just like mental health counselors. They may have the letters LMFT or LMFTA after their name (standing for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate). They will meet with you and your partner in session together to discuss relationship concerns. Having sessions with your partner present can be very helpful!

A relationship coach is similar to a life coach. Coaches are not required to have a master's degree and are often not trained in how to treat mental health concerns, such as depression or anxiety. Coaches tend to focus more on current events rather than processing past events on a deeper level. Some mental health counselors market themselves as coaches instead of counselors or therapists. It's always important to ask about a person's educational background when seeking out help to make sure you feel comfortable with how educated and trained they are.

Therapy costs a lot of money. What if I can't afford it?

You're right, therapy sessions are not cheap! I charge $125 per 50-minute session. I do offer some reduced fee spots for those who cannot afford to pay the full fee. Group therapy and workshops are typically cheaper and can be very helpful. If you want to be kept up-to-date on groups and workshops I am running, send me an email at nextchapter.michelle@gmail.com and request to be added to my mailing list.

I don't know if I have time to come to therapy every week. How often do I have to come?

This is completely up to you! Therapy is more likely to be effective the more often you come and it is recommended that therapy sessions take place once a week. However, I understand if weekly therapy appointments are out of your budget or don't fit in with your busy lifestyle. I am happy to see you every other week or even once a month. The choice is yours!

What are your office hours? 

My current office hours are 8AM-2PM on Wednesdays, 9AM-5PM on Thursdays (with earlier or later appointments available upon request), and Saturdays by request only. 


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