Answers to Early Questions
Here are some answers to common questions you may have about my practice. If you have other questions, please email me from this site or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most people with whom I have worked are adolescents, adults of all ages, couples, and co-parents. As my career and practice develop further, I want to extend my work with younger clients (aged 12 and above) as well as those adults who care for them; such as young adults hoping for or planning a family; parents; teachers; child care workers, etc.
My fee structure is simple but unusual. You will be asked to determine your own fee. There are data and guidelines to assist with this determination on the Payment & Fees tab. Here everyone is welcome regardless of means.
I always want to be able to say, “Yes, I am accepting new clients.” One or two new people are scheduled each week. Because there are often periods when I have more requests for initial sessions than people who attrition out, there may be a wait of a several weeks for the first appointment. I will always schedule you for the earliest possible time. I will also contact you if an earlier option becomes available. If you need earlier attention, check out this page on my website.
I meet all persons through a private, encrypted telehealth video platform. This allows me to work with people from all parts of my home state of North Carolina and other states within the U.S. as well as those who currently reside beyond its borders. In situations where you do not have reliable internet service, or may be visually impaired, we can instead talk by phone. Though a phone call may be more convenient, the loss of visual communication is significant and video should be the first option if at all possible.
All sessions are held Monday through Friday. As of April, 2023, the first will begin at 8:15 am and the latest at 4:30 pm Eastern time. Sessions are 45 minutes in length. For the 4:30 session, I prioritize school age children (and teachers) since they have less scheduling flexibility than most adults.
If you know you would like to continue, you are encouraged to plan ahead. Bi-weekly clients should plan several sessions ahead depending on the flexibility and particularity of your schedules. Those wishing to come every three or four weeks should have two to four sessions scheduled ahead of time.
My experience is grounded in the conversations held with many clients over a decade of private practice. In February, 2022, I achieved 10,000 hours of service. In theory, this makes me an "expert," yet I approach each conversation with a beginner's mind. My clients have been my best teachers. My former counseling practice was grounded in the research and modalities of Rogerian client-centered therapy, attachment theory, emotion-focused therapy, and interpersonal neurobiology. Much of my informal study since 2014 has been in the fields of history, economics, and social equality.
Lots of trust and vulnerability goes into meeting a therapist. You take the time to share your thoughts and include me. I am a part of the process; not a subject to be dissected and talked about. Historically this made therapy feel like a belittling exercise. You treat me in a more human and therefore more whole regard. I have a lot of respect for the way you walk through this world and appreciate your presence. You are a gift.
"Rob has been vital in helping me identify key patterns in my primary relationships. Essentially, what is within my control/responsibility and how to implement positive change. Rob has a kind demeanor and is a compassionate listener. Through his insights, my perspective on self, family, and life in general is much improved.