• Learning to cope better with difficult situations and feelings

  • Gaining a deeper understanding of who you are and learning how to express your true self in the world

  • Attaining greater self-confidence

  • Improving relationships with self and others

  • Developing a deeper understanding of the events in your life

  • Developing your intuition so that you can make better choices

  • Learning to see your behavioral patterns and to identify triggers so that you can plan for success and have fewer problems

  • Gaining clarity and a sense of purpose

Here is an animated video about psychotherapy that helps to explain the basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxuZiqY5ypU

WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY FEE? I charge $120 for a 50-minute session.  I accept payment by cash, check, credit card, and PayPal at the beginning of each session. 

DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE? Yes. I currently take Beacon Partnership.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH THERAPY? One way of starting therapy is to have a short, free 20-minute consultation with me by phone at (530) 507-8647. During this call, you can ask me any questions in order to determine whether you’d like to pursue a face-to-face session. Depending on your decision, we’ll schedule a initial intake session where we can explore the possibility of working together. 

HOW LONG ARE SESSIONS? Therapy sessions last 50 minutes.

COULDN'T I JUST TALK WITH A FRIEND? You could but it's very different. Therapists have years of training and advanced degrees in human behavior and relationship dynamics. They are trained to listen, to encourage independent thinking and self-reflection, and to highlight a client's blind spots. Friends are great but aren't especially objective or neutral. Therapists must keep what you say confidential. Working with a therapist can offer you a safe place to receive honest feedback, insight, and perspective from someone outside your inner circle.

WHAT IF I DON'T FEEL LIKE TALKING?  There are many helpful exercises we can do in therapy that don't involve a lot of talking.  We may do a creative, therapeutic art experience or engage in a guided meditation or practice mindfulness. I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs.

IS WHAT I SHARE PRIVATE? Yes. What you share with me in our sessions is completely confidential except in the case of immediate threat of harm to self or other, suspicion of child or dependent or elder abuse, or in the case of a court subpoena. 

HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY? Everyone’s circumstances are unique and the length of time in therapy can vary. Some issues take more time and some issues can be resolved much quicker. Sometimes spending just a few visits together is all that's required for symptom relief. Other times, a slow and steady therapeutic relationship works best.  You are free to stop therapy any time that you decide to do so. That said, I do feel it works best to give yourself at least 2-3 sessions to terminate rather than just stopping cold turkey. This allows you time to process your decision with your therapist and to end therapy in a thoughtful way, integrating what has been gained from therapy and to anticipate challenges that may arise in the future.  Creating time for a "healthy goodbye" can be incredibly beneficial because it allows for practice in setting boundaries, communicating truths (whether positive, negative or in-between), and for keeping lines of communication open. It's the kind of goodbye that a person can feel good about afterward.

WHAT ABOUT MEDICATION? Medication alone cannot solve all issues. Studies have shown that a combination of medication and psychotherapy is more effective than medication alone. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, discover patterns, and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. That said, medication can be effective and is sometimes, but not always recommended in conjunction with therapy. In order to be prescribed medication, you would need to see your physician.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR OFFICE? My office is located in West Davis within the nationally-recognized community of Village Homes, near the Community Center and Osteria Fasulo restaurant (in the Plumshire complex). There are open spaces nearby, bike paths, shared gardens, orchards, and vineyards. Free parking is available and the office is wheelchair accessible. 

Please contact me using the form or call me at (530) 507-8647 or email me at ruth@ruthfankushentherapy.com.  Please make sure to mention what type of insurance you’d like to use, if any. Also, if someone referred you to me, that would be helpful to know.