Frequently asked questions

How much does a therapy session cost?


A therapy session typically lasts 50 minutes, though some clients (especially couples) prefer to do 80 minute sessions. A 50-minute session is $160 and an 80-minute session is $240. I do have a limited number of sliding scale spots available, so please feel free to reach out if you are in need of one of those. I take a collaborative approach to those sliding scale fees and will never ask for proof of income or verification of any kind. If we can't find a fee that works, I will give you some referrals to other therapists or clinics that I trust.




Do you accept insurance?


No, I do not accept insurance at this time. By not accepting insurance, we will have the flexibility to work together as often as we need to, for as long as we need to, without rigid guidelines around diagnoses or type of therapy. If your insurance provider reimburses for out-of-network therapy, I can provide you with a Superbill, which is an itemized list of treatment that can be submitted for reimbursement.




What type of therapy do you practice?


I am informed by Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Pyschotherapy (AEDP), and postmodern therapies. EFT is an experiential therapy based on the scientific study of adult love and bonding processes and is designed to address distress in intimate relationships ( source). AEDP is a modality in which "we try to help our patients and ourselves become stronger at the broken places. By working with trauma, loss, and painful consequences, we discover places that have always been strong, places that were never broken" ( source). Postmodern therapies are concerned with social discource and systems. We cannot heal as individuals without acknowledging and working to dismantle external and internalized racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, sexual shame, fatphobia, ableism, and all of the other -isms and -phobias that impact us all. I also believe that you are the expert on your own healing. Every person walks into the therapy room with innate healing wisdom specific to their self, their lineage, their culture. I will be your support in the process of you connecting to and activating those forms of healing.




Who goes to therapy? Do I actually need therapy?


All sorts of people go to therapy. While I work with many people who are currently coping with depression, anxiety, self-worth issues, and other struggles, I also work with people who come to therapy during steady times in their lives. People come to therapy for a variety of reasons, but the underlying commonality is that folks want to figure out how to show up in life as their best selves. Therapy is an intentional space where you get to do that with someone on your team who believes in you, supports you, and helps you notice and step outside of old patterns. In my extremely biased opinion, I believe that all of us should be involved in some kind of relational healing (psychotherapy or otherwise).




How do I know if you're the right therapist for me?


Finding the right therapist can feel overwhelming and is so important. Here's my wishy-washy answer: It's a vibe. Your ideal therapist will help you feel accepted, cared for, and like you can bring up anything. This doesn't mean that your ideal therapist will get things right 100% of the time. It does mean that if and when your therapist gets something wrong, you feel like you can tell them and be heard and honored in your experience. If you're not sure if I'm the right therapist for you, shoot me an email and we can hop on a 15-minute exploratory call. If we decide that I'm not the best fit for you, I would be happy to give you a list of incredible referrals.




What do you like to do?


I really, really love the world of therapy. So honestly? I spend a lot of time reading books, learning theory, consulting with other clinicians, and soaking up all that I can about this work. I also enjoy making mediocre pottery, taking early morning dips in the ocean, cooking and pressuring my loved ones to reassure me that they LOVE what I made, and buying new plants when I promised myself I wouldn't.




Can you prescribe medication?


Nope. Psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and psychiatric or family medicine nurse practioners can all prescribe psychotropic medication, like antidepressents. I can, however, collaborate with your prescribing practionier.




How can I reach you?


Feel free to call or text me at (619) 786-6531 or email me at carly@goldsteinschutherapy.com.





Carly Goldstein-Schu, LMFT #118712

call or text: (619) 786-6531

email: carly@goldsteinschutherapy.com

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