FAQs

Questions About Therapy

Some of the reasons people consider therapy are when:

  • The way they feel is affecting their sleep, appetite, job, or relationships.
  • They aren’t satisfied with their sexual life.
  • They are having difficulty getting through a tough time in their lives.
  • They want to find better ways to cope with life.
  • They want to be in the right relationship but keep finding themselves in the wrong one.
  • They want to feel more joy and less stress in life.
  • Their relationships with food, sex, money, alcohol or drugs are getting in the way of feeling good.
  • They can’t find the answers to their problems.
  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness, and they lack hope in their lives.
  • They want to create more balance in their lives.
  • They would like to get a deeper understanding of themselves.
  • They want to have a happier relationship.
  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to fully function from day to day.
  • They are troubled by problems facing family members, their partners or close friends.
  • Their actions are harmful to themselves or others.

Clinical psychologists are professional health care providers with training and expertise in the areas of human behavior and psychological health. Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological well being. They learn about the human mind, human development, psychological problems, the measurement and understanding of personality characteristics, and other important areas of knowledge about how people think, feel and behave. Often, clinical psychologists will consult with other medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients, especially treatment that includes medication. Clinical psychologists generally are not permitted to prescribe medication to treat patients; only psychiatrists and other medical doctors may prescribe certain medications. Clinical psychologists earn a doctoral degree in psychology which typically takes four to five years of full time graduate study beyond a college degree. The degree may be a Ph.D., a Psy.D. or an Ed.D., depending upon the graduate training program.

Each weekly session lasts 45-50 minutes. At times, Dr. Zeising may discuss the possibility of having longer or more frequent sessions based on the treatment plan. The length of treatment depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the issues, the motivation of the individuals involved, and the goals. Brief therapy typically has a more specific goal or issue of focus, and can last from a few weeks to a few months. Longer term therapy may have more complex issues or concerns and can last up to a year or longer.

In this confidential and safe setting, Dr. Zeising helps you look objectively at your behaviors, feelings, and thoughts and educates you in ways to deal with different situations. You have the opportunity to explore personal issues with someone who has unique listening skills, and is more neutral than those who are more directly involved with the situation. This leads not only to a deeper understanding of the issues, but also promotes the conditions that make long lasting change possible.

Your relationship with your therapist plays an important and crucial role in benefiting from treatment. That’s why it’s important to find a person who you feel you have a good fit with. A good fit means that you feel heard, understood and accepted. As the trust deepens, this person would be someone you would feel comfortable exploring deeper sources of conflict or pain.

Dr. Zeising conducts therapeutic services for individuals and couples in both brief and longer term formats. She is a relational and authentic therapist and is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness based therapy and sex therapy. When appropriate, additional readings are recommended. Also, homework may be assigned to help facilitate treatment such as practicing tools learned in session, journaling, or tracking behaviors and symptoms.

Sex therapy is a specialized type of psychotherapy that helps you to address sexual problems. Sex therapists do not have sexual contact with clients, they address sexual concerns through talk therapy. In Sex Therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, sexual desire, sexual feelings and intimacy — either in individual therapy or in joint therapy with your partner. Sex therapy can be effective for adults of any age, sex or sexual orientation.  In sex therapy, we discuss how your sexuality is linked to all aspects of your life- your physical health, emotional health, your lifestyle and relationships.

Sex therapy can help you resolve various sexual issues, from concerns about sexual function or feelings to the way you relate to your partner. Through sex therapy, you may focus on issues such as:

  • Concerns about sexual desire or arousal
  • Concerns about sexual interests or sexual orientation
  • Compulsive sexual behavior
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Ejaculating too quickly (premature ejaculation)
  • Trouble reaching orgasm (anorgasmia)
  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Intimacy issues related to a disability or chronic condition
  • Concerns regarding past sexual trauma

Questions About Our Office

Please contact Dr. Zeising about her current fee. A limited amount of sliding scale appointments are available based on income and ability to pay. If you need a reduced fee, please let us know. If we can not accommodate your financial situation, we will try our best to assist you in finding appropriate referrals.

Most health insurance plans pay for a certain number of mental health visits. Dr. Zeising is in-network with Blue Cross, Cigna and Aetna. If you do not have coverage with any of these companies, ask if you have out-of-network benefits that you can utilize.

Contact our office by phone: (858) 414-0097 or contact us.

Appointments are available:

Monday through Thursday – Noon to 7:00pm
Friday – Noon to 4:00pm