Choosing someone to support you in your healing is an important decision.
To help you decide if you would like to work with IPAS, we have included some answers to the most common questions people have when considering therapeutic services
Therapy also known as psychotherapy or counseling – is the process of meeting with a trained professional on a regular basis to help you identify and change deep-rooted and potentially harmful mental and emotional behaviors, thoughts, and patterns that are keeping you from living the life you want to live.
Choosing a therapist is a deeply personal decision. Therapy is only as effective as the relationship between therapist and client and because of this the best way to determine if a professional is right for you is to simply meet with him or her and ask, “Is this someone I feel safe sharing my story/experiences with?”
Once a person has made the decision to see a therapist, they may still be nervous about the process. It is important to understand that therapy is a shared journey; a process that our clinicians will share with you. During this process, IPAS clinicians will make sure that you are in the driver’s seat; allowing you to make your own decisions about how quickly we discuss your concerns and how deeply we will address them. Although the destination is different for everyone, you can expect to be respected and to feel safe. Although your clinician may offer opinions and suggestions from time to time, our clinicians will not tell you what to do during the process.
Our fee for a licensed psychologist is $175; a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT) or licensed social worker (LCSW) is $135. Our associate licensed clinician fees are $100 per session. When you pay our full fee, you are supporting individuals with limited resources to access my lower-fee slots – thank you!
If you are in need of discounted rates or are a college or graduate student of Color with limited resources, please contact us about discounted fees.
To begin, we will meet once a week. It is very important to gain trust and momentum in the early weeks of therapy. After identifying some goals and making process on them, we can discuss meeting less often if that makes sense for you.
Yes, IPAS does accept insurance and are in-network with many companies. However, in the rare case we are not in-network, we can assist you in navigating your out of network benefits or help provide you with other resources.
IPAS works with individuals from all different backgrounds, religions, and cultures. However, we do specialize in meeting the needs of the BIPOC community and other marginalized groups. Our clinicians are as diverse as our clients and we are sure we are able to support you with finding the right fit.
Absolutely. What you share in session is completely confidential except in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to self or other, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, and/or 3) in the case of a court subpoena. We will discuss this more in-depth during the initial session.
Our office is located at 8335 Church Street in Gilroy, CA with ample parking. Our office is easily accessible via public transportation and handicap accessible.
I understand that not every client believes that IPAS may be a good fit for his or her unique journey in healing. If after a few session, you don’t believe we are a good fit, please feel free to let our clinical director know and we can provide you information on finding therapists that can meet your needs.