Virtual Therapy

sfmarriagetherapy

Currently, all sessions are held online or through the telephone. We will work together to make sure our sessions feel comfortable, fluid and supportive,

 

 

You Can Easily Schedule Your Appointment

Click here to go to my online scheduling system.

 

Phone & Email

415-902-2039

therapy@karensmillie.com

 

Mailing Address:

1459 18th Street #225

San Francisco, CA 94107

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will counseling help our relationship?

Counseling can improve your ability to be authentic. My goal is to help you connect in a way that allows you to really feel the care that you have for one another while safely discussing your needs, desires, fears or anger. When couples feel more connected they usually feel better about engaging in some of the hardest relationship decisions.

 

  • How do I know if you are the right therapist for us?

It is really important to find a therapist that feels like a good fit. Just because a therapist was helpful for your friends it does not mean that they are the best therapist for you. I encourage potential clients to interview multiple therapists to assess what style feels best. Please call and schedule a phone consultation so that we may explore if my style is a good fit for you. I will be spending our first phone call and our first few sessions also assessing our fit. It is possible that I may decide that another therapist may be more skilled in working with your particular struggle. In this case, I will speak with you about my thoughts and provide outside referrals.

 

  • How often do you see clients? Can we schedule sessions 2 or 3 weeks apart?

I strongly recommend starting with weekly sessions for a multitude of reasons that I can discuss more with you during a consultation. Mostly, I believe that weekly sessions are more effective in getting to the core of what is really going on between the two of you. Consistent sessions help to foster a sense of trust and understanding. Indeed, there are always exceptions and I welcome your call if you would like to speak more about the possibility of extended time between sessions.

 

  • Do you take insurance?

I do not take insurance and I do not work directly with insurance companies. Some insurance companies may provide you reimbursement for couples counseling services. I can provide you a statement with your diagnosis and service code if you need one for reimbursement. Please contact your health insurance company for more information.

 

  • What type of therapy do you practice? Is there some place I can read more about what you do?

I work with couples utilizing Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT or EFCT). You can read more about EFT and its research proven effectiveness by clicking here. My style is warm, down-to-earth, and collaborative. I bring a sense of humor and a straightforward approach to working with couples. I am currently training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), which you can learn more about by clicking here. Also, at times in session, I will use tools and ideas from my training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. You can read more about the research-based principles of Gottman Method Couples Therapy by clicking here.

 

  • Okay, I think I’m ready to call you to explore if you are the right therapist for me. What do I do next?

Please feel free to call my office at 415-902-2039 or send me an email at therapy@karensmillie.com. You can also schedule a consultation using my online schedule. When we speak, I will ask you to tell me a little bit about your relationship. You will also have some time to ask me any questions that you have about the process of couples counseling.

About Me

I love my job. Helping partners connect is an amazing and nourishing way to spend my day. I’ve also seen the extraordinary way that couples counseling provides experiences that force couples to look at their identities and core needs as individuals.

I’m trained in highly effective, research-based counseling methods that have been shown to help couples. I draw my understanding of couple dynamics from Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and utilize tools and ideas from Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

My practice is influenced by my experience as an individual psychotherapist and group therapist. For years, I’ve worked with individuals struggling with depression & anxiety, grief & loss, intimacy & sexual concerns, childhood abuse, substance use, chronic illness, caregiver burnout, and aging-related challenges.

I have a master of science degree in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling and I am licensed in the state of California as a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT). My license number is: MFC50948.