New Client Information

From emotional stress to changes in daily routine, a new diagnosis and treatment can take a large toll on the physical and emotional well-being of patients and their caregivers. My goal is to help you be as independent and strong as possible so you can have fulfilling relationships, participate in your life, and find happiness daily.

Recovery depends on us working together to uncover the source of psychological distress and face it directly, rather than push it away. Let’s work collaboratively to provide you with comprehensive, evidenced based care that focuses on your psychological, social and spiritual health.

Here are some common reasons people contact me for online or in-office counseling in Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove:

Individuals, Couples, Families, and Substance Use: Clients lives are changed dramatically because of substance use disorders. It can be difficult to acknowledge and admit to relationship problems, but the greatest healing can come from a couple or family working through their relationship problems together. This includes facing up to patterns of lies and secrecy, acknowledging and healing from current or past affairs, seeking and granting forgiveness, and ending patterns of abuse. You and your family members will work together to create a new life based on recovery and trust.

Individuals, Couples, Families, and Chronic Illness: When a partner, child, or parent is diagnosed with an illness, relationships are often impacted dramatically. This can lead to issues with intimacy, communication, distribution of household labor, and finances. Whitney helps couples facing a wide variety of chronic illness find their new normal as a couple or family. The therapeutic process is often focused on creating new communication patterns, processing emotional reactions to the illness, developing both togetherness and independence in the relationship, and learning how to utilize your own internal strengths and resources to address interpersonal problems or medical complications.

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families: Children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families carry a unique burden. Clients work with Whitney to process past trauma and evaluate strained strained relationships to create a new, fulfilling future.

Caregivers: Caregivers of individuals with chronic illness suffer from a variety of mental health issues. Whitney can help you manage stress more effectively and take care of you in the face of uncertain circumstances. This includes processing end of life care, adjusting to new circumstances, and providing you with a space to heal.

Everyone Else: I work with people that are dealing with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and that want better relationships. If you are not sure if I can help, send me an email or give me a call! I’d love to talk: whitney@collabcounseling.com.

Pursuing therapy can be overwhelming and exciting. Whether you are looking for a therapist for a friend, family member, or yourself, I hope I can dispel any fears you have about the process. You can check out my comprehensive guide on how to find a therapist, here and look over these frequently asked questions:
What happens in a therapy session?

The first few sessions will be spent getting to know one another and setting goals for therapy. Sessions are normally 50 minutes, but this can be adjusted.

Our sessions will be a collaborative process where we discover what is holding you back and what is working for you. You will learn how manage stress more effectively and implement new ways of coping. My sessions are very solution oriented and focus on your goals. We will look at what is working, what isn’t working, and come up with new solutions. You are the expert on your life and I will help guide you.

How often will we meet?

At the beginning of therapy, I like to meet with a new client weekly. This gives us the best chance to build trust, get to the core of the issue, and make a plan. But, I understand this is not always possible. You are a busy! Let’s discuss the best, most effective way to integrate therapy in your life.

How long will therapy take?

Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or long-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. If you have a limited budget or time constraints, we will work together to get the most out of your therapy sessions. If I feel that your goals need additional sessions or time, I will be honest about that. You are always in control of your therapeutic process and can choose to continue or end your sessions at any time.

Is counseling confidential?

I take your confidentiality very seriously. All information shared in session, as well as your attendance, is kept strictly confidential. Not only does federal law protect counseling as a confidential act, but I go well beyond what is required to protect your information. You are always in control of your records and any release of information requires your written permission. If you have any questions at any time about our confidentiality policy, please let me know.

Should my partner and I be in individual counseling or come together?

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with Whitney, I would initially work with both of you together. While couples work is primarily done together, there may be times I would want to see each partner individually. We will always decide this together and on a case-by-case basis. After our couples work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I would work with only one of you. It is not always helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues. Let’s discuss if this is right for you.

How can I bill my insurance for counseling sessions?

Couples and family counseling is unfortunately rarely covered by insurance. However, if you do have benefits you are welcome to submit your bills for reimbursement. Check out our billing page for more information.

So, how do I become a new client?

Before we meet in person, I like to have a quick phone consult. This gives us time to get acquainted and discuss goals for therapy or other fun things, like billing and logistics. You can schedule a phone consult online, send me an email, or give me a call. If we decide to pursue therapy, we will schedule an appointment and all paperwork will be sent to your email.

How to set up a Miami counseling appointment or appointment online:
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1. Schedule a free phone consult here, call me (305) 382-7525 or email whitney@collabcounseling.com.

  • We’ll set up a time to talk, email you the intake paperwork, and schedule your intake.
  • In the first 1st and 2nd sessions we’ll discuss your history, story, and goals.
  • In the 3rd session we’ll form a Treatment Plan (a map of where we’re going).