Therapy & Consultation to Fit Your Needs
At Odyssey Psychotherapy, I offer a range of services to help you level up your relationship game and get a handle on mental health issues.
Resilience & Wellness Focus
Therapy. People have all sorts of feelings about that term. While we try to take the stigma out of the term and service, it still conjures negative connotations for some people. They equate it with pathology and its corresponding stigma. However, at the end of the day, I’m in the business of helping people live better lives; This almost always involves their relationships with others, their aspirations for life and love, etc. My therapy is holistic and focused on instilling resilience so you can have the best relationships possible and a strong sense of self.
If you’re seeking primarily relationship-oriented support, I qualify this as ‘Relationship Consultation.’ This could take many forms – individual, couple, or polycule / non-monogamy network. These services would not be covered by insurance and instead paid for out-of-pocket.
- Coming out as non-monogamous
- Opening up a relationship
- Communicating better with your partners/metamours
- Addressing infidelity and other relationship agreement
Mental Health Treatment
If you’re struggling with mental health concerns (clinical anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc) – and this will be the sole focus of sessions – then therapy is in order and insurance may cover part of the costs of treatment. If you’d like maximum privacy, you can choose to opt not to use your insurance. Common issues people come to see me for mental health care:
Relationship Consultation + Mental Health Treatment
Quite likely, you will want relationship support and have mental health concerns to address. Unfortunately, this won’t be covered by insurance (because it’s not just focused on ‘medically necessary’ treatment). However, there are several advantages to this combined approach:
- Flexibility of session focus (usually circling on the emergent themes)
- Taking a holistic approach rather than compartmentalizing your issues (they almost always connect)
- No awkward transitions when insurance coverage no longer applies
- Freedom to use non-traditional and creative approaches
When it comes to insurance billing, I’m not creative. At all. I’m aware that other therapists bill insurance for couples/family therapy and sometimes bend the intent of insurance coverage (again, ‘medically-necessary’ treatment). I’ll have no part in that. Insurance fraud is a thing and I’m not risking my license/career over it. (Plus, can you imagine the effect on premiums if insurers didn’t limit coverage to only what was necessary?)
Polycule / Non-Monogamy ‘Family’ Sessions
Here, I use the term ‘family’ very broadly. Quads or polyfidelitious triads may call themselves a family, perhaps using familiar terms. Similarly, you might include metamours as part of your family (unless you practice parallel polyam). Alternatively, couples (with or without kids) may expand their family unit when opening up. All are welcome!
Advantages to a multi-person/family approach:
- More bang for your buck – multiple people benefit from the sessions! Spread out cost among participants.
- Collaborative and team-oriented approach (all voices, needs and desires given space)
- Relationship dynamics are more visible in a way that wouldn’t occur if working individually
- Reluctant family member? They are more likely to participate if they feel all are invested in the process and that they’ll have an empowered voice in the process.
Process groups provide an ideal setting to address relationship dynamics. Each member brings their unique style of attaching and relating. As a result, groups function as lively laboratories to level up your relationship game. Consider working on:
- Confidence to speak your truth in assertively
- Shame around family, personal secrets or traumas
- Anxiety during verbal disagreements
- Emotional intimacy and trusting others
- Boundaries and ability to say “No”
- Purpose and meaning in life and relationships
Groups include individuals who not in a relationship with anyone else in the group (whether romantically, sexually, casual or committed). This includes metamours and play partners. I want you to have a safe space to freely express yourself independent of such associations. See above if you’re more interested in working through issues in your polycule/network.
If you hold secrets about your identity or lifestyle, have mental health concerns, or just want more in-depth attention paid to your needs, then individual sessions may be right for you! This could be a starting point to joining a group or family/polycule format or remain your safe place to process.