What is it like to be in therapy?

The experience of psychological therapy varies greatly depending on numerous factors such as the theoretical orientation, personality, education, training and individual style of the therapist. It also depends on the personality, insight, readiness, and willingness to change on the part of the client. Also important is the therapeutic relationship, or fit, between client and therapist. The types of therapy that I utilize tend to be present-focused, solution focused, directive, and collaborative. While therapy can be a place to talk and get support, you will develop a working treatment plan with specific, achievable behavioral goals while learning and practicing new skills. Professional boundaries are essential to the therapeutic relationship and these boundaries will be discussed and maintained within a supportive, comfortable, and respectful environment.

Do you accept insurance? What are your rates?

We are not contracted with insurance. However, I am an out-of-network provider and can provide you with a monthly statement that you may be able to submit to your insurance for some reimbursement through your out-of-network benefits. Unless some type of prior arrangement has been made, payments are expected in full at the time of service. Sessions are typically 50-60 minutes in length. My rate is $200 per session. Methods of payment I accept are cash, check, and major credit cards. Cancellations require 24 business hours advance notice to avoid being billed for the full price of the session. Marina Galante, M.A., provides high quality, specialized therapy services at a reduced rate under close supervision. Her rate is $120 session.   Megan Shope will be a 3rd year clinical psychology practicum student and her rate is $80 per session.

Currently our Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills group is $75 per session (each session is an hour and forty-five minutes and includes phone coaching).

What does it mean to work with an advanced practicum student?

Advanced practicum students have typically completed 3-5 years of  the UNLV clinical psychology Ph.D. program, have completed their Master’s Degree,  and have at least one prior year of direct clinical service experience. They participate in weekly supervision where all cases are reviewed thoroughly and student therapy skills are broadened and sharpened. The advanced practicum students that I supervise are all interested in a career that involves working with clients with eating disorders.

How long will I be in therapy?

Most evidence based treatment approaches for eating disorder are designed to be 12-24 weeks in length minimum. That said, many people report relief and symptom improvement in the first several sessions. We may decide to have sessions weekly, every other week, or monthly. Then we may have booster sessions every so often. Typically when you have accomplished the goals you set out to accomplish in therapy, we are nearing termination.