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Therapy FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy (FAQs)

How much does therapy cost?

Individual sessions cost $150 per 55 minute session
Couples therapy costs $160 per 55 minute session

Do you offer online telehealth or in-person sessions?

Due to the unpredictability of COVID-19 I am currently offering a hybrid of both virtual telehealth sessions and a limited number of in-person sessions.

Do unmarried couples go to counseling?

Yes!  This is actually a great time to work on communication and relationship skills.  People often come in for premarital counseling or before making a big commitment like moving in together, buying a house, or having children.  Some couples of course decide that they want to be in a long-term relationship but they don’t want to get married and they too benefit from couples counseling

What if we’re not monogamous?

I work with plenty of people who are not in monogamous relationships. You are welcome in my practice.  My goal is to help you figure out what you want and how to communicate about it.

What does couples counseling consist of?

This will depend somewhat on your goals.  Usually during the first few couples counseling sessions I’ll get a history of you together as a couple and basic family of origin history.  I’ll be curious about the times between sessions when you were triggered by each other or when you felt disconnected.  We’ll spend a lot of time trying to understand the dance between the two of you that causes disconnection because I truly believe that sometimes the little things can become symbolic of bigger issues in the relationship.  From here we’ll work on finding new steps in the dance, new ways of communicating and relating and responding to each other.

Do you sometimes tell couples that they should break up?

I don’t typically tell couples whether they should stay together or break up. I can promise though that we will get everything out of the table. I can help you understand, organize, and express what you really are feeling and what you want and I can help you really hear each other. From there, the choice is yours!

Is it a bad sign to go to couples therapy?

More and more we’re discovering that relationships are the key to not only happiness but also to good health. Yet oftentimes from our families or the culture at large we internalize messages that are anti-intimacy or anti- relationship. So no, it’s not a bad sign to go to couples therapy. To recognize that the quality of your relationships is directly related to your happiness, and to set the intention to prioritize your relationship, this can be a really good sign.

How can individual therapy help me?

This also really depends on your personal goals. But my clients have noticed therapy has helped them improve self confidence, create healthier boundaries, release trauma, trust themselves more, and regulate their emotions better.

How long does therapy take?

I wish I had an answer to this question!  Some clients find it helpful to do a smaller piece of work and then be finished in a couple of months. Others prefer to keep coming regularly for a while.  Some clients find months or years later they want to come back in if new issues arise. I promise that we will check in and reevaluate your goals and celebrate your successes and make sure that our work continues to be helpful to you. The ultimate goal is that you won’t need therapy anymore.

What is somatic experiencing?

It is a therapeutic model that helps release trauma and stress.  Somatic experiencing is different from some other therapies because it integrates the body in the process.  It is the life’s work of Peter Levine

What times are you available to see clients?

I see clients from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Marian W. Thompson, LCSW, SEP

Marian W. Thompson, LCSW - Somatic Experiencing and Couples Counseling in Austin, TXAn Austinite since 2008, I am a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. I am a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. I am sex positive and strive to create a non-judgmental environment for clients of all orientations and lifestyles. LGBTQ+, kink, poly welcome!

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