The decision to begin therapy is an important one. As a therapist, I am here to help my clients work through their difficulties and concerns in ways that teach them the necessary skills to utilize long after therapy has ceased. One of my hopes for each of my clients is that by learning these skills, my services will no longer be necessary for them in the future.
I provide services for individuals, families, and all forms of adult relationship constellations and systems. I counsel clients on a variety of concerns including but not limited to, depression, self-esteem, parenting, divorce, blended families, grief/loss, communication, life changes, sex and sexuality based concerns, and relationship concerns.
I believe that the therapy process is a journey for client and therapist to travel together; and to do so effectively, the therapist must be a good fit for each client they work with. Please contact me to find out if I would be the right therapist for you.
Claire Green is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Las Vegas. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from UNLV, and has studied at The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and University of Wisconsin-Stout to further her education in Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and Delta Kappa Zeta. Throughout her schooling and during her state internship, she chose to be supervised by AASECT certified sex therapists in order develop her skills as a sex therapist. She is currently working toward AASECT certification in Sex Therapy.
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Sessions are typically 45-50 minutes long at a rate of $100 per session. I am unable to insurance at this time, however, you may still be able to receive some reimbursement from your insurance company.
Please be aware that in order to utilize your insurance, an official mental health diagnosis is required for submission of billing. Insurance companies have the ability to deny coverage of therapy if they do not approve your specific diagnosis. They also have the ability to set a limit on the number of sessions they will cover. In order to ensure that the services you are receiving are deemed by them to be “medically necessary”, insurance companies have the right to request your therapy progress notes (records). Read more here. Should you still wish it utilize your insurance for your therapy with me, I will provide you with an official document, called a Superbill to submit directly to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. A Superbill is a statement indicating the dates of sessions, how much you paid, and must include a mental health diagnosis.
For your first session, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out intake paperwork. I will leave the paperwork on the reception desk, along with further instructions to let me know that you are ready to begin your session (the instructions are to open the cabinet on the wall next to the reception desk and to turn on light switch 319, which corresponds with my name).
In the first few sessions, I will mainly focus on gathering information about your current situation, history of your concerns, and what changes you would like to see. These sessions also allow time for you to determine if we are a good therapeutic fit. One of the most important factors to therapy being successful is that the client is comfortable with the therapist. If for any reason, we are not a good fit, I will be happy to refer you to a therapist that may be a better match.
Sessions typically last 45-50 minutes and occur on a weekly basis. In session, we will likely discuss emotionally upsetting topics while addressing your therapy goals. Though talking about upsetting topics is difficult, therapy should not be emotionally excruciating. If a topic is too difficult, we will take a break from that topic, and address it again at a later time, when you feel ready to do so.
Therapy has many different functions for each individual participating, and each individual may get something different out of the experience. Here are some ways therapy can help:
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that therapy will work. The first factor to increase the likelihood that therapy will work is that you are comfortable talking to your therapist. Whether that therapist is me or someone else, it is essential that if there is an issue, that you bring it up. Many issues can be fixed easily. In the case that you are uncomfortable opening up, it may be more beneficial to find a new therapist. If you begin working with me and find that you are not comfortable opening up, please let me know and I will help you find a therapist that you are more comfortable with. Another factor in determining the likelihood of therapy working is that you are ready to fully engage in the therapy process. Like many things in life, what you get out of it depends on what you put in to it. The more you are willing to examine your patterns and to make changes, the more success you are likely to have.
Therapy is not “one size fits all”. The duration of your therapy experience is unique to you and depends on many factors, including, but not limited to your specific concerns and goals, how much you participate in session, and how well you apply the tools you learn in session to your daily life. The more you engage in session and utilize tools outside of therapy, the more you increase the chances of creating sustainable change at a faster pace. Faster is not always better. As your therapist, my job is to make myself obsolete. Therapy is finished when you no longer need me and you are able to better manage the situations that brought you into therapy in the first place. That is an end that we will come to collaboratively to decide when that time comes.
For relational counseling, it is usually more beneficial for all of the members of that relationship to participate so that all partners have a voice and can state their perspectives, observations, feelings, and beliefs. Sometimes, it is not possible for all members to attend. It is possible to work with an individual on relational concerns, but ideally, their partner(s) will choose to participate soon after. There may be times when I will request to see each member individually, but that will not be the primary formation of relational therapy.
Sessions cost $100 and are 45-50 minutes each.
I accept cash, credit card, and direct bank transfer payments
I am unable to accept insurance at this time, however, you may still be able to receive some reimbursement from your insurance company. Detailed information can be found here.
When paying for therapy services, you are paying for a reserved time slot. If you are unable to make my appointment, you must cancel at least one full day prior to your appointment. If you fail to cancel one day prior to your appointment, you are still responsible to pay for the missed appointment.
As Marriage and Family Therapists I am unable to prescribe medication, but that is not to say that medication may not also be helpful for you. Should you already be on medication or want to begin medication, I will be happy to work with your prescribing physician to provide you with coordinated care. If you are looking for prescribing services, psychiatrists are the most medically knowledgeable about mental health medications, as this is their specific scope of practice.
Trust is a major component to successful therapy. Anything you say in therapy will be confidential with a few exceptions. Therapists are mandated reporters. That means that state law requires them to report information suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependant adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement. State law also requires therapist to report when they have cause to suspect that a client is in serious danger of harming themselves or has made threats to harm another person(s).
Another reason a therapist may share your information is if you are working with additional professionals, such as a psychiatrist, and you would like the professionals to coordinate your care. Before disclosure, you would need to sign a release of information granting permission for communication with the specified other professional.
In the unlikely event that your records are requested through a court order, I will inform you of the request, but will be required to comply.
For further information, please ready the informed consent form.