starting therapy


Reaching Out

Prior to our first session, it helps me to schedule a brief phone call with you so that I can learn more about how I can be of help, share a bit about myself and my practice, and address any questions or concerns that you may have.  If my practice feels like a good fit, then we can schedule our first appointment.  Please feel free to connect with me so we can get the process started. 

 

Complimentary Consultations

 If you feel unsure about whether you want to begin therapy with me (or with anyone), I do offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation meeting.  For some, this is a helpful way to discern if I am good fit for you and if I'm not, I'll be more than willing to refer you to various colleagues who could be a better fit.

 


Fees

My fee is $160 per 50-55 minute therapy session, and $240 per 80-85 minute therapy session.  The fee is the same regardless of who is in the therapy session (couple, family, etc.).

 

I know that the therapy process does include a financial investment, and at the same time, I wouldn’t want this process to add undue stress to your life.  Please let me know if the cost of therapy poses a hindrance for you to work with me.

 

Insurance

Since I am an out-of-network provider, I do not take any insurance.  I do accept payment through Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) or Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

 

There are some insurance providers and plans that do cover a portion of the cost for mental health services, including therapy.  I encourage you to check with your insurance provider to see if they will cover any portion of the cost of therapy with an out-of-network provider.  When you contact your insurance company, I suggest asking about the following:

 

·      Deductible for your policy (amount of bills you must pay before your insurance provides coverage)

·      Amount insurance will pay for each visit

·      Maximum visits allowed per calendar year

·      Maximum amount paid per calendar year for visits

·      Which services they cover (some insurance plans do not cover couple's and/or family therapy)

·      If a diagnosis is needed for reimbursement (oftentimes, at least one client will need to be given a diagnosis)

 

Come in- how can I help?

Some different options about where we can start

Couple's Therapy

 

Understanding why we are disconnected and alone, and creating new ways of being with each other

Individual Therapy

 

Letting go of what needs to be released and discovering what needs to be found

Family Therapy

 

Learning new ways to care for family, and for kids and teens to share with their parents

 

Play Therapy

 

Helping kids explore and put words to their own world



sit and stay a while

Some thoughts I share on the "Rooted + Grounded" blog

 

 

Looking Back + Moving Forward

 

 

A helpful tool to reflect on 2020

and find hope for 2021


in the neighborhood

Some helpful resources in the nearby and virtual community

Taking Care of Yourself

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

 

 "This fact sheet offers caregivers a list of ideas for self-care strategies to use after a difficult event. This checklist outlines the three basics aspects of self-care including awareness, balance, and connection." 


 

Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(LMFT#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com