How do I get started with therapy?
You can reach me in a variety of ways, and please specify when reaching out that either you are ready to get started with a first session, or if you would like a free 15 minute video or phone consultation before making your informed decision.
Ways to Connect with Meleah for Therapy
- Click the “Book a Consultation” button
- Fill out the form on the bottom of the page
- Email [email protected],
- Call 651-757-5132
For ease of connection, if you would like a phone call, please let me know a few convenient times to reach you and I will do my best to call you within those windows of time.
If you are looking to book a first session, please let me know your preferred dates and times, and I will check my schedule accordingly.
What Should I Expect for the First Session?
The first session is longer than the following sessions as we delve into details about why you are seeking therapy now, and the background factors that are involved. We will talk about what you have already tried on your own, prior to therapy, and how that went for you.
I want to hear about what you are looking for and how you would know that therapy was worthwhile for you.
If you have seen a therapist in the past, I will ask you about that experience. I would like to better understand what worked well and what did not work well for you in that past therapy experience to help inform our approach together. For example, if your past therapy felt like it was helpful, but had some missing pieces, I would like to know about that.
Why Would I Choose Private Pay, Fee for Service Therapy?
A few reasons for choosing private pay therapy:
- You want to have a highly customized therapy experience in which you can explore areas such as personal growth or areas that may not be deemed medically necessary by insurance providers.
- You connect with the specialty areas of the therapist
- You want to know what you are paying, when you are paying it. You don’t want surprises to your therapy bill
Pure Price Guarantee
When I was shopping for a car, one of the places I visited offered a “Pure Price Guarantee.” This meant that there were no surprises to the price, each vehicle model had a clearly stated price. Shopping there simplified my decision-making process.
Like my car shopping experience, choosing private pay or fee-for-service therapy, lets you know what the therapy cost is upfront.
How Do I Pay for Therapy?
Therapy services are paid for online via credit card through a secure site, Stripe. You may choose to have the session billed automatically, or you may designate that you would like to pay on your own that day online.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
At your first session, after listening to your story and hearing about what you are looking for in therapy, I will be able to make a suggestion on how many sessions you may need to get the results you are looking for. For many situations, 4-6 sessions can be enough to help you work through and gain new skills to apply to your situation. Sometimes, more sessions may be required, depending on your needs and the length of time that you have experienced the challenge.
Will I Be in Therapy the Rest of My Life?
What I often find is that people start therapy for one reason, and then they choose to continue therapy for another reason. As a therapist, my goal is to help people reach their goals.
Throughout the therapy process, I will check in with you to see how you think things are going. I will also be upfront with you if I notice that our therapy is no longer the right fit for you or if you may be better served by a therapist with different specialities than my own. I will offer you referrals to a few different therapists if that is needed.
I want you to feel equipped for life so that you can experience greater ease. For this reason, it is important to have an open conversation about the timeline of therapy, so that we mutually agree on the best timing for you to end therapy.