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“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

Brene Brown

All About Therapy

According to the American Psychological Association, “Psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives.” Through the use of various psychotherapy methods and collaborative treatment measures, my patients develop life-changing habits to help them cope with any of life’s various obstacles. My therapy sessions are designed to dissect personal issues and provide patients with effective tools to help them see the glass half full instead of half empty.

FAQs

What is a Licensed MFT?
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are relationship specialists who treat persons involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment. The practice also includes premarital counseling, step-family counseling, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship counseling. Marriage and Family Therapists are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners.

Karen Lee , LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed by the State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Why choose a professional couples therapist?
A professional couples therapist/counselor can help you and your partner sort out your problems and build a strong relationship. He or she can also help you fine-tune a good relationship to make it better. Whether you are in the middle of a crisis, moving through an arduous transition time, or discovering unpleasant behaviors—a professional couples therapist can be a tremendous source of support, strength and growth.

Having a highly trained and objective third party helps you work through anger, resentment or frustration, and get to workable solutions. Our greatest pleasure is seeing couples emerge from a difficult situation feeling more intimate and committed than they ever thought possible.

Karen Lee, LMFT has training in Imago Relationship Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. She is familiar with the works of John Gottman, Gary Chapman, John Townsend & Henry Cloud, and many other relationship experts.

What does therapy cost?
The current fee is $150 per 50-minute session, $225 for a 75-minute session and $275 for a 90-minute session. Typically, weekly sessions are required to maximize the benefits of the couple therapy process. In some situations, every-other-week appointments are made available. Please discuss your goals and concerns directly with Karen Lee, LMFT to determine the best ways to meet your needs.

Do you have a sliding scale for fees?
No, we don’t. If our fee for service rate is not within your budget, we encourage you to attend our workshops, which are more affordable.

Do you take insurance?
No, we do not accept insurance directly. At your request, we can provide you with a monthly statement. Many of our clients submit their statements to their insurance companies for reimbursement. Since coverage varies widely, we recommend that you check with your insurance company to see what services your policy includes. Our billing statements comply with insurance requirements to facilitate your reimbursement.

How long will we need to come?
The duration of treatment depends on your situation and your goals. Many couples who decide to work with Karen Lee, LMFT, do make a long-term effort in order to achieve lasting changes and results.

Policy

Individual and Couples Therapy
50-minute session – $150 (Individual Only)
75-minute session – $225
90-minute session – $275

Payment Options:
You can pay for services online, by check or cash. Payment is expected at the beginning of the session. Please have your check made out before your session to maximize our time together. Unless special arrangements have been made in advance, payment is due at the time of service.

Insurance:
We are no longer accepting insurance directly. If your health insurance includes mental health benefits, and you choose to submit a claim for reimbursement, we will provide you with a monthly statement with all the required information.

Telephone and Emergency Procedures:
If you have a psychiatric or medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency facility. If you need to contact Karen Lee, LMFT between sessions, please leave a message on her answering machine at any time of the day or evening. Telephone calls are typically returned within 24 hours during normal business hours and in the early evening.

Confidentiality:
The information disclosed by Patient is generally confidential and will not be released to any third party without written authorization from Patient, except where required or permitted by law. Exceptions to confidentiality, include, but are not limited to reporting child, elder and dependent adult abuse, when a patient makes a serious threat of violence towards a reasonably identifiable victim, or when a patient is dangerous to him/herself or the person or property of another.

Risks and Benefits of Therapy:
Psychotherapy is a process in which Therapist and Patient, and sometimes other members, discuss a myriad of issues, events, experiences and memories for the purpose of creating positive change so Patient can experience his/her life more fully. It provides an opportunity to better, and more deeply understand oneself, as well as, any problems or difficulties Patient may be experiencing.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort between Patient and Therapist. Process and success may vary depending upon the particular problems or issues being addressed, as well as many other factors. Achieving desired outcome is most likely when an individual or couple has the capacity and motivation change.

Participating in therapy may result in a number of benefits to Patient, including, but not limited to, reduced stress and anxiety, a decrease in negative thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors, improved interpersonal relationships, and increased self-confidence. Such benefits require substantial effort on the part of Patient being an active participant in the therapeutic process.

Participating in therapy may also involve some discomfort, including remembering and discussing unpleasant events, feelings, and experiences. This discomfort may also extend to other family members, as they may be asked to address difficult issues and family dynamics. The process may evoke strong feelings or sadness, anger, fear, etc. There may be times in which Therapist will challenge the perceptions and assumptions of the Patient or other family members, and offer different perspectives.

During the therapeutic process, many patients find that they feel worse before they feel better. This is generally a normal course of events. Personal growth and changes may be easy and swift at times, but may also be slow and frustrating. Patient should address any concerns his/she has regarding his/her progress in therapy with Therapist.

Disclaimer:
The content of this website is intended for informational purposes only and is in no way meant to substitute for medical and individualized mental health services provided in person by a professional. If you or someone you know is in IMMEDIATE CRISIS, please go to your nearest emergency room, call 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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