Q&A

Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

A. We set up a 15/20 minute phone conversation or exchange emails. I email new clients a link to my Client Portal where they can fill out paperwork prior to our first meeting in order to save on valuable session time. The first few sessions help me get to know you and your concerns as well as what treatment would benefit your particular situation. Payment is made at the end of each treatment day electronically through the Client Portal's secure payment processor. Cash or check is also acceptable. I typically email clients any homework assignments or materials we discuss so that you as the Client can easily reference it. I am easily available to engage or answer questions  between appointments either over the phone or by email.

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. I am EMDR trained (more on this here      ) and I participate in trainings to stay current and up to date on current research. Personal growth is very important for our line of work as many therapists get comfortable where they are at. Just as I encourage my Clients to grow, I hold this standard in my own life personally and professionally. This helps me form a wide variety of interventions and tools to offer my Clients. 

I also have past experience at an Intensive Outpatient Program covering addiction/trauma-based groups.  There I facilitate group therapy and teach psycho-educational groups covering topics such as grief, self-care, emotional regulation, grounding techniques, trauma interventions(seeking safety model), and Cognitive Behavioral tools. 

 

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. My price for individual counseling and couples counseling is $120/session(60minutes) and $150/session(75minutes). some couples prefer to meet for longer periods of time and in which case fee and timeframe will be negotiated. 

I offer a special price for premarital couples of $65/session(60minutes) for up to 6 sessions.

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. Something that most people don’t know is I have an identical twin sister. We both started off in nursing school…she competed her nursing program and now works an amazing nurse. It wasn’t until I stumbled onto Psychology that I felt energized and excited about learning, which then helped motivate me to continue in this field through grad school.

Relational work, for my twin, really drains her emotionally…whereas I gain energy from the relational side of people and those deep interactions. 

I specialize in Couples issues, Premarital counseling and Trauma/Adverse life experiences. Couples Counseling is challenging work and I think that’s a big draw for me. I tend to lean into discomfort rather than run from it. This helps me sit in the room with the emotion that often accompanies relationship dynamics.

The techniques and interventions I utilize in sessions are some that has benefited my own marriage as well as the relationships of others closest to me. That’s why I believe in this process and am so excited that I get to share it. 

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Research shows that the largest indicator for success in therapy is Rapport. If you feel comfortable and connected to your Therapist you are more likely to succeed in treatment. Make sure that you get connected with someone you are comfortable with and that you feel you can trust.

Amber Gruber Counseling

2727 Camino Del Rio South #244
San Diego, CA 92109

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