Q: What will our sessions be like?

A: Usually the first session is a history gathering session in which you will share with me what you want to work on and the things you have tried to change it already. We will get clear on realistic goals and I will share with you how I believe we can get you to achieve them. The following sessions are usually structured with a check-in regarding the previous week, “accomplishments” around positive steps towards change, areas of struggle and a bit of exploration around why, and lastly goals/intentions for the following week. Depending on what we are working on, I may assign reading, writing or activity like assignments (when clients are open to them). My intention is that you walk away from each session feeling a sense of progress and greater understanding. Some sessions will be more than others, but cumulatively the shift will occur.

Q: How long does therapy usually last?

A:  Again, this will depend on a few different factors. After our assessment period, I will be able to give you an idea of a treatment timeline. This will also include a recommendation of frequency of sessions. In the beginning it may be weekly, but then may decrease to one or two sessions per month. For clients who are new to recovery and have struggled with disordered eating for several years, recovery usually takes around 12 months for significant progress to be made. Those who just want a ‘tune up’  and expand their recovery work or improve their body image may need just 3-6 months. Together we will determine a reasonable timeline.

Q: What if it becomes difficult for me to make weekly appointments?

A: I understand that personal and professional commitments can arise. I truly believe that therapy should be something you look forward to, not another stressful thing on your ‘to do’ list.  I will work with you to find the most convenient time to meet and also offer skype or phone sessions if meeting in person becomes difficult.

Q: What if I want to lose weight?

A: I am here to support you in your goals. If that means losing weight, then I will offer you my expertise in bringing about lasting weight loss and stabilization so that you never have to think of trying another diet again!

Q: Can you help me if I don’t have an eating disorder, but just have some eating issues I would like to address (or my problem has nothing to do with food)?

A: Yes! I enjoy working with men and women who are successful in many areas of their lives, but know that their habits or behaviors with food, exercise or other ways of coping with stress and anxiety are just not working for them. I also work with couples looking to deepen their relationships as well as adults wanting to make a career change.

Q: There are a lot of therapists out there, how do I know I am choosing the right one?

A: It can be overwhelming to sort through all of the support that is out there. A significant part of  success in therapy has been found to be a result of a positive relationship with your therapist. Knowing how important this is, I am always happy to answer as many questions as I can before we meet in person and provide referrals if it doesn’t feel like the right fit.

Q: Will insurance cover my therapy sessions?

A: I am not an in network provider, yet many of my clients have been able to receive reimbursement if they have out of network benefits. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions on how to determine your benefits or check out my Fees & Insurance page that offers more details on questions to ask your insurance provider.

Q: How do I get started?

A: You are welcome to call or text me at 415-595-8963 or by email at sftherapy@shreinbahrami.com.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Shrein Bahrami, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
1795 Union Street
San Francisco, CA