Frequently Asked Questions
Individual therapy sessions are 45 minutes. The first (intake) session is a bit longer at 55 minutes. Although there is a clear agenda, there is still time to explore what is necessary to be sure that you feel really understood. Given the nature of emotional and behavioral problems, it is critical that your work doesn’t stop after 45 minutes.
There are 112 waking hours each week. In order to get the most out of therapy, you will need to “do the work” outside of the hour we have together. I will teach you the tools to cope with stress and help address your problems, and expect you to practice these skills when we are not in session. You come to therapy for my expertise as you learn how to become your own advisor and advise yourself.
In addition, often times the work required involves situations at work, home, and with people that are not going to be in the therapy session. So although our time together each session is 45 minutes, you will use time outside of session to do the work as well.
At Faces of Health, we offer both psychotherapy and health and wellness coaching depending on your needs. Coaching is most appropriate if you have specific health and wellness goals you want to work towards and those goals are your main reason for seeking assistance. Although therapy is also goal-focused, it is more appropriate if you want to dive deeper into emotional concerns, life stressors, or events from your past or present that are getting in the way of you moving forward in life or causing you to suffer. Therapy helps you to make sense of how your thoughts and behaviors impact your daily functioning and is also geared towards treating mental health diagnoses. So, coaching is forward-focused and ideal for the person who needs accountability and problem-solving steps to achieve specific health and wellness goals; while, therapy can be focused on the past, present, and future and is ideal for people who need space to talk through and process deeper issues. If you are still wondering which option is best for you, schedule a free 10 minute phone consultation with me.
Therapy is not for everyone and it is not for every problem. Certainly good advice can come from a number of sources, including friends and family members. There are problems that require scientific and clinical expertise. There are also issues that may require careful assessment to determine what the actual problem is. And finally there may be issues that are so private in nature, revealing them to someone in a personal capacity may not be an option yet. There may also be chronic problems or unfulfilled dreams that people have been trying unsuccessfully to help you with. That is when effective therapy with an expertise in the area may be appropriate. Some therapies are supportive and non-directive in nature. Therapy practiced in this office is active and directive. Concrete goals are set, barriers are identified, and interventions target removing barriers or giving clients the tools to navigate around them so they can achieve goals and live a happier, more satisfying, and meaningful life.
I have a limited number of lower fee slots available. I can sometimes negotiate a lower fee based upon income and financial need. You may discuss this with me, if it is a concern. If I am unable to accommodate your financial situation, I may be able to provide you with referrals.
I am an approved Medicare provider and also credentialed with IMCS. I am in the process of being credentialed with Aetna, Tricare, and IEHP insurance plans. I am also applying to be able to take Medi-Cal. If I am not on your insurance panels, I can provide you a superbill to provide to your insurance for reimbursement using your Out of Network benefits. Please check with your insurance company on Out of Network benefits. You may also call your insurance company and ask to set up a “single case agreement” to work with me.
All Major Credit Cards and HSA/FSA cards are accepted in office. PayPal and credit card payments are accepted online.
We ask that appointments are cancelled with at least 24 hours notice, to allow for the time to be used by another client in need. You may notify Dr. Blied of your cancellation by voicemail or email. No-shows and late cancels will be charged the full session rate, with fees due prior to the next scheduled appointment. Clients may be given one free late cancel per calendar year, at the discretion of Dr. Blied.
Anything can be discussed in therapy. There is great flexibility about topics and spiritual or cultural questions can be the main focus for a particular client. With that said, we will be goal focused. If the goal is to come to a greater understanding or acceptance of issues beyond your control, then we will spend the appropriate time on that. Without being overly rigid, we will navigate back to the goals and the agenda when we go off course. If something new comes up though, we will simply add it to the agenda in order to incorporate it into the longer-term goals.