Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located? Is parking available?
Our address is:
Our building is ½ block south of Salt Lake Regional hospital and 3 ½ blocks west of President’s Circle at the University of Utah. We have a parking lot behind our building, as well as on-street parking.
Do you take insurance?
One important thing you should know is that, unfortunately, almost no insurance plans will pay for couples or marriage counseling. It is considered by insurance companies to be a non-medical expense; therefore, you must pay out-of-pocket.
For all other services (individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy), we can bill insurance and are happy to submit claims for you. However, please be aware that we are not preferred providers for all insurance plans. This means that you are responsible for our full fee at the time of therapy, and your insurance company may reimburse you for some or all that amount.
Please call or contact us if you have questions about payment, billing or insurance.
What are your fees for therapy?
Our fees range between $135 and $185 per session, depending on which therapist you see. Please see the scheduler or contact us for more information.
Do you provide reduced-fee therapy?
The Salt Lake Relationship Center is a training site and sometimes has graduate students and psychiatry residents providing therapy at reduced rates. Please see staff pages or contact us for more information.
How does couples therapy work? How does it differ from individual counseling?
In couples therapy, the focus is on your relationship rather than just you as an individual. While it is still important to understand how your individual issues impact couple interactions, in couples therapy your counselor will always return to exploring how relationship dynamics, communication patterns, and behaviors are contributing to your issues as a couple.
Your therapist will frequently lead in-session communication exercises, give homework assignments to practice new interaction styles, teach you problem-solving skills, and encourage openness, acceptance, and positive interaction. Overall, the goal is to foster a safe and productive environment for you to better understand and change your relationship patterns.
In contrast, individual therapy focuses only on supporting you. You likely will talk about relationships you have with others, but the main goal is exploring and understanding yourself, and supporting YOU in living a happier and more satisfying life.
I’ve never attended couples counseling before. What can I expect? How should I prepare?
Please consider reading this excellent article, How to Get the Most from Couples Therapy, by Peter Pearson and Ellyn Bader of the Couples Institute in California. They lay out many important things to consider before entering couples counseling and help you establish a good mindset for couples counseling.
I’m in a relationship and want to come to couples counseling, but my partner doesn’t think it will help. Should I still come?
Even if your partner is not interested in counseling, we recommend you come anyway. There are many ways you can improve your relationship even when you are the only one working to change. Often, as you begin to change, your partner will become more willing to explore his or her own role in the relationship and what can be done to improve it.
In addition, your therapist is very willing to talk by phone or meet in person with your partner who is feeling unsure about the therapeutic process. Coming to therapy can be difficult and gaining more information about what it is like can sometimes ease concerns.
All I know about therapy is what I’ve seen on TV. It seems uncomfortable. Am I going to have to talk about things I don’t want to? Will I have to lie down on a couch?
No, and no! Therapy is meant to be a collaborative and supportive process to help you live a healthier life. This only happens through exploring your issues in a safe and comfortable way.
While your therapist may encourage you to talk about things that might at times feel uncomfortable, or difficult, he/she will never force you to discuss anything you don’t want to. You always get to choose what you are or are not willing to talk about.
And it is all for the greater good – by facing those parts of you that feel uncomfortable you gain confidence in yourself and how you interact with others.
How can counseling help me?
We all have difficulties in life. Counseling is a place for you, without judgment, to explore those issues that are most important to you. Your therapist’s job is to be supportive and understanding, but also to be honest in identifying thoughts or behaviors that might be causing you further problems in your life. He/she is trained to help you find new ways of approaching difficult issues, problematic behaviors, or troubled relationships.
Through talking and the support/feedback of your therapist, counseling leads you to have a deeper understanding of yourself, helps you to resolve problems, teaches you how to interact and have better relationships with others, and leads to an overall more satisfactory life.
I’ve never been to therapy before. What can I expect?
Over the course of counseling, much of what we will do is talk. Your therapist’s role is to listen, ask questions, make suggestions, and provide feedback in ways to help you gain understanding about yourself and learn new skills.
Sometimes (with your permission) your therapist will conduct in-session meditation or mindfulness exercises. He/she may also give homework assignments, where you will be asked to focus on a behavior or exercise outside of your meetings together. Overall, counseling is most successful if you can approach it with an open mind and a willingness to talk about and explore different components of your life.
Do you only help people with romantic relationships?
No! The Salt Lake Relationship Center’s mission is to help people function better in all their relationships. Examples include relationships with siblings, parents, friends, and co-workers. We believe that if you learn to better identify, act on, and communicate your needs and desires in general, you will have more genuine relationships in all areas of your life.
Do you see individuals at the Salt Lake Relationship Center?
Absolutely! We believe that the foundation of all healthy relationships begins with having a healthy relationship with yourself. Therefore, a major part of the work we do here is with individuals, whether you come to therapy with your partner or on your own. Specifically, we focus on helping you learn how to identify your true self separate from what others expect from you, so you can communicate your needs and wants clearly with others.
Why are you so focused on relationships?
At the Salt Lake Relationship Center, we believe our lives either thrive or wither with the strength of our relationships. We’re ALL incredibly impacted by the people around us, especially those we are close to – or those we are supposed to be close to but aren’t.
When relationships are going well, we tend to feel good about ourselves. We feel supported, more confident, and like we can accomplish our goals. We feel like we’re worth something.
When our relationships are suffering, we tend to suffer as well. We become anxious, depressed, and lack confidence. Our self-worth diminishes.
These are powerful forces! And to top it all off, many of us have grown up with poor relationship models or have not been taught what healthy relationships look like.
It is our goal to change all this, one individual and couple at a time. We want to support you in learning how to rid yourself of unhealthy relationships and relationship habits while replacing them with people and behaviors that fulfill you. This is what makes a meaningful life. This is why relationships are SO important!