Q: Why “Home-based” counseling and psychotherapy?
A: When I first introduce myself as “a psychologist who makes house calls,” many people are surprised because they had never heard of such a service. (It’s true there are very few psychologists offering this service compared to those working in offices and clinics.) People are usually delighted to hear that it’s available.
The main advantage of home- and community-based services is:
Flexibility with Time & Place:
A client might be limited in their ability to travel to a clinic or office.
Some people are unable or unwilling to go to a clinic or office during regular daytime business hours and would prefer afternoons and evenings. For example, parents often appreciate appointments that don’t interfere with a child’s school day or that can take place in more than one home.
Flexibility within Sessions: Any given session can be separated into sections; for example, I might meet with one person for part of a session, then others might join in for the remainder. Session length is not as rigid as in office or clinic settings.
It’s helpful to be able to observe and work with clients and their families in their natural environment. Compared to office or clinic visits, clients really appreciate how quickly and comprehensively I can gain understanding of their daily lives and their routines and patterns or those of their family members.
Sometimes one or more members of a family are reluctant to participate in counseling; coming to the home can help people hesitant about the process become more comfortable with the service. For example, they can get to know me first without actually joining the sessions and, later on, decide to join in for part or all of a session.
Also, home visits offer a casual, relaxed environment to discuss often difficult topics.
I also help my clients by offering these additional services:
Attending Meetings: I can attend meetings with clients and other professionals.
Phone consultation is more accessible and available which includes Crisis Intervention. Also, you will not have to speak with anyone but me during our work together (I have no office staff etc.).
E-mail communication: I make myself available via e-mail to answer questions or to send relevant articles or exercises.
Q: What are some disadvantages to home-based services?
A: My fees might be higher than those charged at some clinics or private offices because the cost of providing the service is higher (travel being the most obvious reason). Contact your insurance company to see if your health care policy covers home-based psychotherapy, or call me and we can discuss insurance options or the private pay option. (I am in-network with Medica/UBH and they cover home-based psychotherapy.)
Another disadvantage is if the client does not want others living in their home to know they are working with me, then it might be best for them to see someone in a clinic or office.
Please Call me at
(or send a text message from your mobile device to 651-503-9852)
for a free, confidential consultation
to discuss how I might be able to assist you.