Frequently Asked Questions
You said that you typically use a certain number of sessions. What if I need more?
If you need more, you get more. I strive to deliver therapy in a time-sensitive manner. My goal is not to turn people into good patients; my goal is to help people have good lives. To that end, I attempt to focus on the important issues that will lead directly to changes. Although most people will get their needs met in three to six months, some people need more. My goal is for my patients to get as much therapy as they need and not one session more.
Do I need to come every week?
I do request that at the beginning of therapy, we make an attempt to meet weekly. It is easier to get momentum going so positive changes can begin to happen. Once there has been progress, people sometimes need more than one week to practice their new skills and at that point, therapy can be spread out to every other week and later even to once a month.
Do you have openings? Are you taking on new patients?
My practice is based on the idea that people will get better and leave. That means that I typically have openings. Because I have people who are coming every other week or monthly, you may not be able to get the time you want this week but the openings will vary from week to week.
Do I need to come the same time every week? Can I come the same time every week?
I work on a first-come first-served basis. Some people want to meet the same time every week. As long as no one has booked one of those times, we can meet the same time every week. Others want to book from week to week. For those, at each session we can look at the openings for the next week. All appointments can be changed as long as that change is done at least 48 hours in advance.
How long will I be in therapy?
It depends on what is going on for you. I have occasionally seen people for more than a year but most of my patients complete within a few months. Within the first visit or two, we should be able to determine a ball-park figure for therapy.
I like to use what I call a “personal trainer model.” If you went to a personal trainer and said that you wanted to be able to do 50 pushups, you could get there by meeting with your trainer once a week and working out once a week. However, it would take a long time. If you worked with your trainer once a week and then went home and did pushups each day, then you could go back to your trainer who could help you with the position of the elbows and other ways to reach your goal faster. The things that are discussed in therapy are applicable to “real life” so the skills need to be practiced there. In general, the more work done between sessions the faster we can reach the goals.
Do you work evenings/weekends?
As I work with people to help set healthy boundaries, I find I must do the same for myself. I choose, therefore, to spend my evenings and weekends with my family.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I take credit cards, checks and cash. Please make your check out to Lois Sharp, Ph.D. For more information, see fees on the Policies page.
I can’t see what I’m looking for. Do you treat other things too?
I do treat a variety of things, not all of which got listed on the website. Feel free to email or call and ask. If I don’t treat that specifically, I’ll help you find someone who does.
What are your hours?
Daytime appointments are available starting at 8:30 AM. Please call or email to set up an appointment.
Do you take insurance or medicare?
I no longer take insurance or medicare. I found that when I was taking insurance, I had to work for a reduced fee and spend many hours filling out billing forms. That took time that I would rather spend with clients. I can provide receipts that you can send to your insurance for reimbursement.