Frequently Asked Questions
Are all our
conversations confidential? What are the laws about confidentiality?
Are you licensed to
Are you required to
continue to take courses to keep your license?
What are your fees?
Do you make home
What fee applies if I
start individual counseling and want to bring in my partner or family?
Can you do a phone
How do I pick a
What is marriage
What is premarital
What is art therapy?
Will my insurance
cover therapy?... with Riverview Counseling Center?
Should I use insurance
to pay for therapy?
What if I lose my job
and can no longer pay for counseling?
Therapy is a process, available for
Individuals, Couples or Families,
designed to explore personal and relational difficulties. Therapy or
counseling is a commitment between a therapist and a client to meet
together and resolve the distress. Primarily, the quality of the
relationship between the therapist and client cannot be emphasized
enough. Effective therapy is the direct result of the quality of their
relationship and how they work together. The emphasis is on empowering
the client to pursue personal self-discovery and mastery of their own
At times, therapy can also include education, for example on
communication, social skills or conflict resolution but primarily is
more geared to the process. Therapy takes place through weekly
meetings, in home family consultation, group meetings, weekend
retreats, crisis resolution and an occasional phone consultation.
Therapy is a means to develop skills for change that will restore
strength, resilience and hope to the client.
Are all our conversations confidential? What are
the laws about confidentiality?
Yes, absolutely all the information
shared in a
counseling session is held in the highest confidence. Therapists are
legally and ethically bound to maintain confidentiality unless the
client states they have a specific plan to harm themselves or others.
Are you licensed to practice?
Yes. I am licensed by the State of New
Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of consumer
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #37F100153100.
Licensed Professional Counselor #37PC00213500.
Are you required to continue to take courses to
keep your license?
Yes. By law I am required to complete 40
course work related directly to Marriage and Family Therapy before my
license will be renewed.
What are your fees?
If you have medical insurance, we can
help you to
understand how to have the reimbursement check mailed directly to your
home. We will provide you with an invoice from our office with all the
information your insurance company will need to process your claim.
Payment is expected at the time services are rendered. All sessions are
one hour unless circumstances or crisis warrant more time. The standard
fee of $175.00 will be charged unless there are extenuating financial
circumstances which should be discussed in the initial consultation.
There is a one time initial consultation fee of $195.00.
Do you make home visits?
Home visits are available upon request
when clients are not able to travel to the office.
What fee applies if I start individual counseling
and want to bring in my partner or family?
The fee remains the same.
Can you do a phone session?
Yes, in many cases a phone session is
valuable when the
weather turns bad, the baby sitter cancels or scheduling becomes
difficult. They are also available in case of an emergency or family
crisis or during the transition of moving to a new location until a new
therapist can be secured. Session time and fees remain the same.
How do I pick a therapist?
Picking a therapist is probably one of
important decisions you can make. Select an organization, such as The
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, or The American
Psychological Association and research therapists available in your
area. Call and interview the therapist asking what their credentials
are, do they have any special training in what you are seeking therapy
for. Ask what their availability is in-between sessions for emergency
meetings. Make an appointment for a consultation and bring a list of
questions for the therapist. If you come away from that meeting feeling
that all your concerns were addressed and the relationship would be a
good fit for what you need this is a good indication you are with the
What is marriage counseling?
Couples know when their relationship is
in trouble. They report poor
communication, a decrease in sexual intimacy, while experiencing an
increase in tension, defensiveness, criticism and feelings of
disappointment and anger at their partner. Either there is an increase
in fighting between the couple or one or both shut down and the
distress cycle intensifies. In addition, there may be complicating
factors of infidelity, domestic violence, financial crisis, trauma,
addictions, in-law interference, parenting disagreements, conflict of
gender differences and marital roles.
Marriage Counseling is a commitment to work with a professional
marriage therapist for a period of three to six months. First and
foremost, there is a discussion to determine how the children are
coping with the marital conflict and what their immediate needs are.
Children can often develop stress from living with couples in conflict.
It is vital to help the children as well as the couple. Each couple is
evaluated to determine the exact nature of their conflict. Genograms, a
family map, are created to help each partner understand their role in
the conflict. Each session couples are given the opportunity to design
new ways to restore security, support and encouragement in a nurturing
What is premarital counseling?
One question being asked now is "If I get
can I predict that it will last?" Clinicians are studying the factors
that point towards predicting future marital satisfaction.
There are three areas of study.
- Individual traits: These include an
traits and emotional health, as well as values, attitudes, and beliefs.
Examples of such traits are: flexibility and self-esteem (positive
factors), depression and impulsiveness (negative factors),
interpersonal skills (e.g., assertiveness), and realistic beliefs about
- Couple traits: These include couple
conflict resolution skills, degree of acquaintance (how long and how
well the couple has known each other, similarity of values and goals,
and living together as a trial marriage
- Personal and relationship contexts: These
background characteristics such as previous marriages, existing
children, the quality of an individual's parents' marriage, family
relationship quality, age at marriage, and parents' and friends'
approval of the relationship.
Premarital counseling should include not only a discussion of
similarities and differences in the relationship, but how to accept,
negotiate and understand them. The sessions can also include filling
out a written questionnaire which would clarify the issues. Premarital
counseling usually involves spending 5 - 7 sessions with a family
therapist, clarifying the issues, setting goals for improvement, and
discussing other important topics related to marriage such as finances,
roles in marriage, parenting styles, and having children. Premarital
counseling will help the couple improve their communication skills.
Most couples rate premarital counseling as very helpful. It also
establishes in their relationship a positive attitude about seeking
help if marriage problems arise in the future. Marriage and Family
Therapists (MFTs) are uniquely trained and qualified to help couples
with premarital assessment and counseling. An experienced MFT
understands the diverse dynamics of couples and their relationships,
and is prepared to assist couples with any issues that may arise.
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is an established mental
that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the
physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.
Will my insurance cover therapy? ...with
Riverview Counseling Center?
It is best to discuss this question
directly with your
insurance company. Each individual plan is different and your company
will tell you exactly what your benefits are. Your therapy will be
covered by out of network benefits. We will provide you with a monthly
invoice statement with all the information you need to submit to your
insurance company for reimbursement of these benefits. Once you submit
your claim the benefit check will be mailed directly to your home.
Should I use insurance to pay for therapy?
Clients may have some concerns about
when assessing insurance funds for therapy, especially if the
counseling is work related. However, you pay a premium for these
benefits and the insurance companies are ethically and legally bound to
keep information confidential and you have the right to use these
What if I lose my job and can no longer pay for
If circumstances change a current
client's ability to pay for counseling, a financial plan can be
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