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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does therapy usually last?
The length of therapy depends upon the presenting issue and how severe the difficulty. For issues such as couple communication, it can take as little as 4-6 months. For more complicated issues such as trauma it can take much longer; sometimes several years.

How do we maximize the benefit of therapy by utilizing the information and tools gained in session in the outside world?
It is often helpful to take notes regarding homework or issues discussed in session. This leaves you with a tangible resource in between sessions. Another way is to challenge yourself to use one or more of the tools practiced/learned about in therapy each week by keeping it in your focal point as you go through your daily activities.

I need help in my relationship and my partner states they don’t want to come to therapy. What do I do?
Entering into therapy as an individual can eventually spark the curiosity of the partner and encourage them to represent their personal view in order to help the therapist keep a balanced position. It can also help clarify an individual’s needs/wants and assist them in communicating that to their partner. Lastly, changing am individual within the couple usually changes the couple’s interactions.

What is couples therapy versus conjoint therapy?
Couples therapy is when the therapist approaches their treatment from a position of objectivity and circular causality. In other words, both parties in the couple contribute to causing the upset/issues. Conjoint therapy is when one or the other or both of the parties are diagnosed with a mental disorder and treatment is performed according to the disorder. At the Center for Couples, we specifically practice couples therapy.

What Can I Expect in Therapy?
First Appointments (information gathering, who we are, develop trust and rapport): Our first appointment is about creating a relationship, beginning to learn about each other, understanding what brought you to therapy or what would be helpful to accomplish, and completing any necessary administrative tasks. The completion of paperwork is required and the forms can be emailed to you in advance of your appointment or, if you wish, you can choose to arrive 15 minutes prior to your session to complete the paperwork in the office. We will go over polices and address any questions in session.

Subsequent Visits (short check-in of week, from there focus on change in patterns that cause a change in bigger patterns): Subsequent visits typically start with a short “check in” and recap of the events of the preceding week. Then we work to address any at home work that was given and begin to work on what brought you to therapy and define your goals for positive change.

What is the difference in degree types e.g., LMFT, LMFTA, LMHC, LICSW, etc.?
LMFT is considered the “Cadillac” of degrees for couples and families because the number of hours of direct client contact required of couples and families out numbers all of the other degrees. LMFTA is a therapist who is a marriage and family therapy associate or someone working toward licensure. LMHC is a degree that is more primarily focused on individual therapy, but it depends upon the educational institution issuing the degree. Some can be more systemic minded. LICSW is a licensed social worker. This degree type has less hours of client contact than the other degree types, but has much more education and experience in social services.

Do you give complimentary introductions?
Not anymore. Free introductions are usually given by newer therapists as a way of getting new business. When a therapist is more seasoned, it is more efficacious to just “hit the ground running” and get to work. That seems to work for most folks.

Do you accept credit cards?
Not presently. However, payments can be made through PayPal. These payments are charged a $5 fee to cover the PayPal expense to Center for Couples for the convenience.

Do you take insurance?
We do bill insurance and are considered preferred providers for the following carriers: Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Premera Blue Cross; Aetna, First Choice Health Network, Magellan. Given your plan is a PPO plan, many insurances will still cover individual work with out of network practitioners.

Does insurance cover Couples Therapy?
Insurance carriers do not typically reimburse for couples therapy. In some cases there are exceptions. If you have questions about whether or not your company covers couples therapy we recommend that you contact them directly. Forms (initial paperwork can be emailed) Intake form and office polices can be emailed or you can arrive early to complete paperwork prior to your first appointment. Please let us know if you would like to arrive early or have the forms emailed for your convenience.

Where are you located?
In Totem Lake Office Park, just south of the intersection of 116th Street and 124th Avenue.
From Bothell I-405: Take Exit #20 go (L) at the off ramp onto 124th Street, over the freeway. Turn (R) at 124th Avenue, go up the hill and through the intersection at 116th Street and Slater Avenue. The office is on your right just beyond that intersection. You will see the black and white back-lit sign for Center for Couples and Family Healing on the street. We are located in Suite #204.

From Bellevue I-405: Take Exit # 20A go (R) at the off ramp onto 116th Street, at the next intersection go (R) onto 124th Avenue. The office is on your right just beyond that intersection. You will see the black and white back-lit sign for Center for Couples and Family Healing on the street. We are located in Suite #204.


What Clients Say

I am truly lucky to work with Loryann who is not only a coworker, but a teacher. Her commitment to learning, compassion for the people she works with, creativity and sense of humor make her an excellent therapist. Her enthusiasm for helping people to form healthy relationships is something I recognize and have always valued as most important.

11417 – 124th Ave NE, Suite 204
Kirkland, Washington 98033
(425) 889-0832