Q: What will the sessions be like?
A: Usually the first session is a history gathering session in which you will share with your clinician what is bringing you to therapy as well as a general health assessment. You will get clear on realistic goals and a treatment plan recommendation. The following sessions are typically structured with a check-in regarding the previous week, “accomplishments” around positive steps towards change, areas of struggle and a bit of exploration around why, and lastly goals/intentions for the following week. Additionally, depending on your goals, assignments such as reading, writing or activities may be given in between appointments.
Q: How long does therapy usually last?
A: This will depend on a few different factors. After your assessment period, your clinician will be able to give you an idea of a treatment timeline. This will also include a recommendation for the frequency of sessions. In the beginning, it may be weekly but then may decrease to one or two sessions per month. For clients who are new to recovery and have struggled with disordered eating for several years, recovery usually takes around 6 months for significant progress to be made. Those who just want a ‘tune up’ and expand their recovery work or improve their body image may need 3-6 months.
Q: What if it becomes difficult for me to make weekly appointments?
A: We understand that personal and professional commitments can arise. We believe that therapy should be something you look forward to, not another stressful thing on your to-do list. Your clinician will work with you to find the most convenient time to meet and also offer virtual video or phone sessions if meeting in person becomes difficult.
Q: Can you help me if I don’t have an eating disorder, but just have some eating issues I would like to address (or my problem has nothing to do with food)?
A: Yes! We enjoy working with men and women who are successful in many areas of their lives, but know that their habits or behaviors with food, exercise, or other ways of coping with stress and anxiety are not in balance. We also support couples looking to improve their relationships as well as adults going through a life transition such as making a career change.
Q: There are a lot of clinicians out there, how do I know I will be matched with the right one?
A: It can be overwhelming to sort through all of the support that is available. A significant component of success in therapy has been found to be a result of a positive relationship with your therapist. Knowing how important this is, we are always happy to answer as many questions as you have prior to meeting with your clinician and provide referrals if it doesn’t feel like the right fit. Additionally, we regularly ask our current clients for anonymous feedback on their experiences. You can see the responses to the questionnaire here.
Q: What are your fees? Will insurance cover my therapy sessions?
A: Our fees are similar to other providers in the Bay Area. Our individual therapy fee is $245 and the nutrition counseling fee is $180.
We are not in-network providers with any insurance company, yet many of our clients have been able to receive reimbursement depending on the benefits in their plan or if they have a HSA or FSA. Feel free to contact us if you have questions on how to determine your benefits.
Wondering why we do not accept insurance directly? Learn more here.
Q: How do I get started?