Therapy FAQ

Oakland, California Psychoanalyst Dori Dubin
1. What is the benefit of seeing a psychoanalyst for individual therapy, couples therapy or      marriage counseling?

2. What is the difference between psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis?

3. How long is a session and how long does treatment take?

4. What if medication is needed?

5. How are fees and insurance handled?

1. What is the benefit of seeing a psychoanalyst for individual therapy, couples therapy or marriage counseling?

The advanced training required to become a psychoanalyst is the most selective, rigorous and comprehensive clinical education that a mental health professional can undertake. By providing the clinician with the most thorough understanding of people (including their emotions, thinking, behavior and relationship patterns), this training improves the quality of all of the therapist’s work. You will benefit from my training whether you choose to see me for individual therapy or counseling, couples therapy, or psychoanalysis.

2. What is the difference between psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is similar to psychoanalysis, in that it is intended to help you to become aware of ways your emotions and behavior have been influenced by unconscious beliefs and fears. These factors can interfere with attaining a greater sense of emotional well-being and personal accomplishment. It differs from psychoanalysis in that it is a less intensive form of treatment as it involves meeting once or twice a week.

3. How long is a session and how long does treatment take?

Sessions are 50 minutes long.

Duration of treatment is a complicated question since it varies according to each person’s unique personal issues and situation. In general, the longer the duration of the problems and the greater the severity of the stressor, the longer the therapy.

4. What if medication is needed?

If we begin treatment and we determine that medication might also be useful, I can help you obtain medication by referring you to one of my psychiatrist colleagues.

5. How are fees and insurance handled?

I provide services on a fee for service basis and do not contract directly with insurance companies. If you have an insurance plan that pays for out-of-network providers, most commonly a PPO or a POS, or have a Health Savings Account (HSA) through your employer, I can provide you with a monthly statement that you can submit for reimbursement. In addition, if you are seeking intensive treatment (3 or more times a week), a reduced fee may be possible, depending upon your income and ability to pay. Because I adjust my fees from time to time, I suggest that you call me to discuss my current fee.

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Dr. Dori Dubin is a Therapist and Psychoanalyst offering Individual Therapy, Marriage Counseling and Psychoanalysis at her Oakland, California office. Conveniently located near the Rockridge BART station, Dr. Dubin sees clients from all over the East Bay Region including Oakland, Berkeley, Rockridge, Albany, Alameda & Contra Costa County.