Counseling ABCs
Mary Guzik MSW, LCSW
5050 Sunrise Blvd., Suite C-5
Fair Oaks, Ca. 95628
Phone: 916.622.1554
Copyright 2011 Mary K Guzik
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I am not sure this is for me. Is it normal to be nervous when looking into attending
Attending therapy for the first time is often anxiety invoking especially since you don’t know what to expect.
Becoming more educated about what therapy has to offer your will help ease your discomfort.

Often people think that if they seek professional help they are “crazy”. Well, let's compare it to seeking
medical care because you have a cold or flu. The doctor may give you medication to help you feel better,
however, because you sought medical care does not mean you have a serious illness. You are seeing the
doctor because he/she can help relieve your symptoms. Therapy works in a similar fashion in that a skilled
therapist can assist in alleviating your symptoms making for more satisfying daily living.

What can I/we expect from the first session?
The first session will most importantly be about assessing whether you feel comfortable working with me
as your therapist. It is usually recommended that a person attends 2 to 3 sessions to determine whether
they feel a connection to their therapist. However, I think the first session will give you a good sense as to
whether I am the right therapist for you. It is essential for success in therapy that you can develop the ability
to feel safe and comfortable working with me.

After taking care of paperwork and general information, you will have the opportunity to talk about what has
brought you in to therapy. I will gather information about your problem, what is going on in your life, and
your personal history. Before the end of the session, I will give you some tools and/or techniques to take
with you that hopefully will provide you with a sense of betterment.

How often will I/we meet with you?
Generally, I recommend that clients attend therapy initially one time per week. Once the client(s) is moving
toward a sense of personal satisfaction and growth, I suggest cutting the sessions back to two times per
month. These are my suggestions; however, I believe the client(s) is the expert on what he/she/they need.

How long are the sessions?
Generally the sessions are 50 minutes in length. However, I will often suggest the initial session be 75 to
100 minutes. It is your choice to decide how long you would like your sessions to be.

What do you charge? Do you accept insurance?
Because I know therapy can be costly and money can be tight, I am willing to work with individuals, couples
and families to make the counseling experience more affordable. I offer sliding scale fees dependent on
the person's ability to pay. The sliding scale is dependent on the household income and how many people
it is supporting.

I am sorry, but do not accept or bill insurance companies directly (except
Victim Compensation and
Government Claims Board). If your insurance company allows for “out of network” providers, I can give you a
statement of charges for your submission to your insurance company to obtain reimbursement.