Finding Adequate Support is Important
Making the decision to begin therapy can be difficult, especially if this is your first time. You may have a lot of questions and feel pressure to find the "perfect" therapist for you. Sometimes the first step is the hardest step.
Feel free to explore some of the frequently asked questions below to help in your decision-making process.
The first step is scheduling a free phone consultation so we can begin to get to know one another.
What are your rates?
Melody Wright, LMFT - Specializing in Somatic Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Hakomi Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy
$185 per 50 minute individual therapy session.
$210 per 50 minute couples therapy session.
Ashley Gregory, LMFT - Specializing in Somatic Therapy
$155 per 50 minute individual therapy session.
$175 per 50-minute couples therapy session.
$175 per 50 minute family session.
Sessions are weekly. Longer sessions may be available upon request.
Please note, sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be required to pay the regular session rate.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
We offer a limited number of sliding scale or reduced fee appointments based on financial need and availability.
What form of payment do you take?
We accept cash, check, and credit cards. Payment is due at the beginning of each session. Checks can be made payable to “Life by Design Therapy”.
Do you take insurance?
We currently am not on any insurance panels, which means we do not bill insurance companies directly. However, if your policy allows for out-of-network providers, you may be able to get a portion of your session fees reimbursed. Because insurance plans vary, we highly recommend learning the specifics about your policy if you anticipate getting reimbursed for psychotherapy. Life by Design Therapy will gladly provide you with a monthly statement of charges to submit to your insurance company or FSA/HSA department for reimbursement.
What can I expect during our first therapy session?
It's important to understand what can arise during the first session. Going at a pace that is comfortable for you is important to me!
Your first in-person session is a great time to get a better feel for one another. During that time we will get to know more about you, which often includes learning about your history, your current struggles and challenges, and your goals for therapy.
This is also a great time for you to get a gut feel of what therapy would be like and to ask any questions you may have about our work together.
How does a somatic psychotherapy session actually work?
We understand how important it is to make sure you feel comfortable working in this holistic and maybe new way. When you work with me it's important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to "do" somatic psychotherapy. There are no expectations or rules here!
In terms of structure, every session will be different and is based on what you want to focus on, what's coming up for you, either in the moment or during the past week, your goals for therapy, and what you may want to explore.
The main difference is our sessions may transition from traditional "talk" therapy to an exploration of embodied self-awareness. What does that mean? Well, it means that rather than simply talking about your challenges, we may incorporate expressive arts, movement or visualizations in mindfulness for greater insight. We also incorporate body awareness into the sessions, since the body is often overlooked but carries a great deal of information.
Please know that our somatic training allows me to guide and facilitate the session, ALWAYS with your permission, in a way that is safe and informative.
Do all somatic therapists work the same?
It's important to note that somatic psychology is based on a theory that emphasizes the importance of the body in psychotherapy. However, there is a wide range of models, methods, techniques, and theories that fall under the somatic psychology category. Although somatic therapists most likely operate under the same main belief about the wisdom of the body, it is likely each therapist may incorporate specific training and education in ways that will greatly influence their work with clients.
We believe that healing and transformation happens within present moment experiences, and our goal is to guide you towards accessing more information and lead you to the path of new transformative experiences of wholeness. We believe this leads to growth, paradigm shifts, challenges to old patterns and MORE CHOICE. This belief deeply influences our work with clients and is imperative for change and growth.