Sessions

How do I make a counseling appointment? 

Before we make the first appointment, I like to talk with you for a brief chat to see if this approach works.  If we agree, we will set up an appointment.

For now, all sessions will be on Zoom. Appointments and inquiries can be made by texting 714 404-9224 or by email: theTAteacher@gmail.com.  Two forms are completed by clients before the first session (see below).

Fees:

For now, Catherine will only be seeing individuals on Zoom. Individual Zoom Session Discount: $80 for 50-minute session.

We do not take insurance. Please check with your insurance company for out-of-network benefits. Most PPO’s reimburse at a rate of 50-60%, which means you can pay for our services up front, and we will provide a super bill for reimbursement. Accepted payment methods for Zoom calls will be Venmo paid prior to the session.

How can counseling or coaching help me?

Counseling and coaching can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing complex issues or personal growth.

Common Issues include Depression and Anxiety, Communication problems, Couples Counseling, Career Counseling, and Life script work.

It is important to integrate new behaviors into your life between sessions. Catherine teaches several tools to help clients change behavior. Between sessions, clients agree to practice the tools, read articles, or keep records to track behaviors.

How long does it take to change?

That depends on you! Often people have specific problems that are keeping them stuck (how do I talk to my teen?  How do I start dating again? etc.)  At our first session, we will discuss your goals and create a plan for addressing them.  Typically this type of counseling requires 2-3 sessions.

Sometimes problems are systemic, meaning they have been there for many years.  In this case, we would work together to create your plan for change. Part of counseling includes work outside the session.  I will provide the names of several books, CD’s, and links that will help you continue your work during the week.

Where is your office? 

The office is located at 2230 W. Chapman in Orange (corner of Flower and Chapman). Parking in the rear of the building.  My office is on the second floor.

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Forms:

If you’re a new client, please complete the following forms and bring them to your first therapy session(completed forms are needed before counseling can begin):

If you would like me to coordinate care with another provider (for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), complete this form to authorize release of psychotherapy information:

  • Authorization to Disclose Information Form

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy:

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

Rewards and Risks of counseling:

The rewards of counseling include understanding yourself better.  You will learn seven principles for creating the life you want. You will practice tools to think and speak rationally. You will learn how to write a new life script.

There are risks to change! This process requires effort.  It may be time-consuming, homework is required, and change may take longer than you think.  Your family and friends may not like the changes they see. The process of change can be emotionally upsetting, even if the change is positive.

Cancellation Policy:
If you do not show up for your scheduled counseling appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the cost of the session.

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