Why choose Rebecca Williams?
Deciding to come to counseling with your partner is a big deal. And then you have to decide which therapist you’re going to see! You’ll want to make sure you both like the therapist and feel she (or he) can help you. I’ve had clients tell me that they have a hard time choosing because some therapists don’t call them back or they find someone they like and that person doesn’t have openings for months. I’d like to let you know what you can expect from marriage counseling with me.
A personal experience
My business is small, and this has several benefits for you:
- I am easy to access. When you contact me, you get me. You don’t have to go through a receptionist or scheduling department. I answer my calls, I reply to my emails, I manage my schedule.
- I have time for you in my schedule; my schedule is not so overbooked that you have to wait weeks between appointments. Most of my clients come weekly.
- And because my schedule is not overloaded, I have time to do things that benefit you between sessions. This might be research to help you find the answer to a question or to find you a needed referral. Or it might be reading or consultation to improve my knowledge and skills so I can better help you.
I will be honest with you. My therapy style is direct and supportive. I care about my clients too much to withhold valuable information, sugar-coat things, or not give you my honest, informed, professional assessment. This is part of the process of growth, and I will help you through it. I am not the kind of therapist who will just repeat back everything you say–“So you say that you’re angry”–or ask you repeatedly in a soft voice “And how does that make you feel?” I will tell you what I think and where you are getting in your own way, and I will help you find practical, workable solutions to your problems.
I make notes before you come for your session. I think about your goals, your progress, the previous work we’ve done together, and I make a unique plan for each session. If I write something down during our conversation, it’s usually something like names of important people in your life, actions you or I agree to do before next time, or the perfect way you phrased something. At the end of the session, we work together to create a record of the session–what you might typically think of as a therapist’s notes. You get to tell me what was meaningful about our conversation and what inspired you to try something new. Going through this process is helpful for you: it increases the likelihood that things will actually change for you outside of the time we spend together.
Really! We laugh. Therapy is serious business and hard work. It can be emotionally exhausting and sometimes even scary. Part of my philosophy of life is to find joy and laughter wherever I can to balance out the hard and the sad. I’m no stand-up comedian, but if you make a joke, I’ll laugh. I never laugh at you or at your expense. Somehow, we find something to laugh about in almost every session. As you get closer to the person you want to be and the relationship you want to have, therapy might even become fun!
You can come to my office; it’s right off the 91 freeway at Central Ave in Riverside, California. I can come to you; we can meet in your home or office. Additional travel fees may apply. Or we can meet online; I use a secure HIPAA-compliant service for online sessions. Before your first session, I’ll send you instructions that let you know what to expect and how to prepare for each session type.
My office is paperless. Any forms you need to fill out are done securely online. You can do them when it’s convenient for you. There’s no showing up early to sit in the waiting room writing on a clipboard. In fact, most of my clients hardly use the waiting room at all. I am typically prompt with my sessions and may even be waiting for you when you get here. I accept payment by cash, check, or credit/debit card. If you’d rather not bring a check or count your cash, I can charge the card you’ve stored securely with my HIPAA-compliant billing system without you even pulling out your wallet. Easy.
Would you like sessions longer than an hour? Consider scheduling an intensive.
If you’d like to work with me or have additional questions, contact me.