People seek counseling for a host of regular life problems: unresolved trauma, major life transitions, parenting challenges, etc. Often, seeing a counselor individually or with family members is where we start on the therapy journey. Our first session is an opportunity to get to know each other, to ensure that Phenix Counseling is the place that will facilitate your growth and transformation. We will ask questions to get a general idea of what concerns you. We avoid going into detail as our focus is more on exploring a therapeutic relationship versus jumping into the work of therapy. You will have a chance to ask questions about your therapist's knowledge and skill as well as get a feel for whether or not you feel comfortable and connected.
Prior to your appointment, you will be given a simple, one-page form to provide basic information about yourself. You'll also receive our service agreement so you have a detailed picture of what our work will entail. That becomes another topic of conversation for your first session as we do not have you sign it until you've had a chance to explore any questions you may have. Once we have this first meeting and the service agreement is settled, you receive a full personal information packet to complete and our next appointment is an intake where we get the details of your life history and current concerns. From this, we are able to collaboratively create a specific treatment plan which guides our work from that point on.
When kids/teens are a focus of therapy, these initial meetings happen with the parent/s alone so that there is freedom to share openly. Parents are prioritized as the main agents of change in our work with kids and teens so the process begins with them.
Individual/family sessions are $100 per hour with Dr Andrea Dyben-Tackore. We are not currently listed on any insurance panels due to the limitations imposed and the patient privacy concerns. We are happy to provide the appropriate billing documentation for those who wish to seek reimbursement from their PPO policies for out-of-network services. Payments can be made via cash, check or PayPal.