What can you expect from sessions?

Individual Therapy
Sessions are 50 to 80 minutes long except for the initial interview. There we want to get an in-depth view of your difficulties so that we can understand the causes as rapidly as possible. For this initial interview, you'll need to set aside 2 to 3 hours. As far as style, I'm active throughout the session in questioning you and giving you feedback about personality style, defense, and resistance. Together we'll try to make sense of why you're having difficulties and outline what we can do about it. I'm committed to working as efficiently and as rapidly as possible so that you spend no more time in therapy than is necessary.
 
As part of my research, I offer the option of video-recording our meetings and recommend this as both a "quality control" measure and a way of deepening the therapeutic process. Video-recording can increase the value of therapy but is in no way a requirement of our working together. After being used for their intended purpose, the recorded material is destroyed and does NOT become part of your medical record.
 
Forms for individual therapy: Please click on each to download, then fill out and bring with you to your first session (items with a star are required):
Intake form*
Office policy*
HIPAA Policy*
Video consent (optional)

 

Couples Therapy
We need to do a thorough assessment of relationship strengths and weaknesses so that the areas we target are not based on guesswork. With this in mind, we will have 4 sessions devoted solely to information gathering. Our first session (80 to 85 minutes) will be spent exploring each of your hopes and fears about therapy; the history of your relationship; and some areas of current difficulty. After this first session, you will each complete a detailed on-line questionnaire and have an individual session (50 to 55 minutes) during which we will discuss your individual history as well as any other topics you consider relevant. Once I've reviewed the results from your completed questionnaires, we'll schedule a second couples meeting to go over the treatment plan and jointly decide which issues to give our immediate attention
 
As part of my commitment to research, I offer the option of video-recording our meetings and recommend this as both a "quality control" measure and a way of deepening the therapeutic process. Video-recording can increase the value of therapy but is in no way a requirement of our working together. After being used for their intended purpose, the recorded material is destroyed and does NOT become part of your medical record.
 
Forms for couples therapy: Please click on each to download, then fill out and bring with you to your first session (items with a star are required):
Intake form*
Office policy*
No secrets policy*
HIPAA Policy*
Video consent for couples (optional)


Payment and Insurance
Payment is made by the session so please bring a check or credit card with you. A sliding scale is available. If you wish to be reimbursed by an insurer, I will provide a statement for you to submit at the end of each month so that all reimbursement is paid directly to you, however, I cannot guarantee reimbursement as this matter is entirely in the hands of the insurer. Please determine whether or not your carrier will provide reimbursement for services rendered by Diana Shulman, PhD (Research Psychoanalyst, RP #41, Medical Board of California) for the following services/procedure codes:
    - Family (Couples) Therapy - CPT 90847
    - Individual Therapy - CPT 90834 (38 - 52 minutes)
    - Individual Therapy - CPT 90837 (53 minutes and longer)


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