Can therapy help me?

Therapy can definitely help. Therapy provides a safe place where you can be yourself, talk about the things that have been really hard to talk to other people about, and understand the root cause of the feelings you’re wrestling with. It can also help you figure out what you want to change in your life, and give you support to make changes.

What purpose does therapy serve?

Therapy helps people face problems, have better relationships and feel better about themselves.

How do I know if therapy is right for me?

Therapy is right for you if you really want support, if you want help to figure out what is going on in your life and if you feel ready to talk about it.

What are your fees?

My fees are comparable to those of other Bay Area psychologists and I’m happy to talk about them in our initial consultation.

Will my insurance cover our sessions? How does that work?

I do not accept insurance. However, some insurance plans cover part of the cost towards therapists who are not in their network. You should call your insurance company and ask about that benefit. In those cases, I provide you with a detailed receipt (called a superbill) at the end of each month and you submit that to your insurance company.

Will you think I’m “crazy”?

I can pretty much guarantee I won’t think you’re crazy. My favorite people to work with are often the people who worry they are crazy. Really, they are just people who’ve had very hard times and have normal reactions to abnormal situations. I have the greatest respect for the people who come in feeling overwhelmed and want help.

What’s the next step in getting started?

Call me at 510-594-4060 or email me at maryjaneweatherbee@hushmail.com to set up a free initial consultation. We will have a 20-minute phone call and you can tell me a little about what is going on with you. If we both decide it makes sense to meet in person, we’ll schedule an initial appointment. Then if we’re a good match to work together, we’ll meet once a week during the course of therapy.