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FAQs for

Relationship Counseling &

Sex Therapy 

in San Mateo, California

FAQs for Relationship Counseling & Sex Therapy in San Mateo, California

You might have a few questions before you decide to work with us. 

Risso Counseling, Inc., staff try our best to update this page as regularly as possible to ensure you receive the most up-to-date information. If you'd like to ask a question that is not addressed below, please feel free to

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How long does therapy take?

There are a lot of factors that contribute to the length of counseling, so it is difficult to predict until we begin working together. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex concerns or ongoing personal growth. Typically, clients commit to counseling for 6 months and progress is measured monthly. 

How often do we meet?

We have found that meeting weekly for the 50-minute session time improves each clients’ progress toward their goals. For that reason, we meet with clients weekly.

But wait! That's a lot of therapy! Why weekly?

Therapy requires a commitment. We have observed that our clients quickly improve and reach their goals faster when meeting weekly.  When clients attend sessions infrequently, it can feel like playing "catch up" or people might relapse into old patterns. We don't want that for you! We strive to get you to your therapy goals, and in doing so, this requires frequently meeting to improve your progress.

What can I expect from therapy?

Every therapy session is unique to each individual and couple based on their goals for coming in. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during sessions. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading relevant books or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. 

Generally speaking, during the first 1-3 sessions, we will do a thorough history and establish specific goals for your therapy. In the following 3-4 sessions, we will specifically develop skills and resources for dealing with the current stressors that brought you into counseling. In the final stages, we will deeply explore the problems that brought you to counseling that can help you long-term. 

Some other things you can expect out of therapy are:

  • Compassion, respect, and understanding

  • Perspectives to highlight patterns and negative feelings

  • Real strategies for enacting positive change

  • Effective and proven techniques along with practice guidance

How will I see results?

For therapy to be most effective, you must be an active participant in the process, both during and between sessions. People seeking counseling are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change, and create greater awareness in their lives. 

As a result of being an active participant in therapy, people quite often start to feel better by session 2 or session 3. If things are not improving by session 6 or 7, we are going to change up the approach to make sure that you're reaching your goals. And if we decide together that we’re not making progress at the rate we want, we’ll look at referring you out to another therapist, coach, or another resource.

What if I need to cancel my appointment or I get sick?

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy, so if you need to cancel, make sure you give your therapist 48-hours notice to avoid paying the late cancellation fee, which is the full session rate. We charge the full session rate if you do not show up to your scheduled appointment, so call or email your therapist immediately to avoid the fee. In addition, we ask that if a client is sick or something prevents you from coming at the last minute, we can offer a phone or Zoom video session.

What is your availability?

Currently, Risso Counseling, Inc. offers therapy appointment hours on the following days and times:

  • Mondays: 4 PM to 9 PM

  • Tuesdays: 8 AM to 4 PM

  • Wednesdays: 4 PM to 9 PM

Note: Additional office hours will be provided beginning January 1, 2020

Do you take insurance?

We are not in-network with any insurance companies. However, we are able to provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company to learn more about out-of-network behavioral health coverage.

You can learn more here

I am ready to get started. What do I do next?

We offer a free 15-minute phone consultation. Click below to schedule now.

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