Fee and Scheduling FAQs
What are your fees?
My fee is $210 for a fifty (50) minute session.
You pay for each session at the time of the session. I take checks and all major credit cards.
When are your appointments?
I see clients during the business day between 9 am and 3 pm. I do not have night or weekend hours. If daytime appointments don’t work for you, please check my referrals list, as I have a number of colleagues who do have night or weekend hours.
Are your appointments in-person or by phone?
I can do appointments in-person or by phone, and often do a combination. My office is in downtown Washington, D.C., close to Farragut North metro station. Some clients prefer in-person sessions, while others like the convenience of working by phone. And some people come into the office when their schedule permits, and do phone sessions when it doesn’t. I’m flexible, so you can decide what works best for you.
What is the typical number of sessions?
The number of sessions varies, but most clients are with me for between 10 and 20 sessions. That means that your out-of-pocket expense for our work together will likely be between $2,100 and $4,200. You do not have to pay the full amount up front—you will pay session by session—but you can expect the total cost to be within this range.
Why does it cost so much?
Career counseling is an investment. It is a good investment if you are ready to devote the time, attention and effort to achieve your career goals.
Unlike a doctor’s appointment, where you may get 15 minutes, you’ll get a full 50 minutes of my time as a sounding board, strategist, and an advisor.
The investment often pays off in tangible ways:
- Higher salaries: Many clients who work with me negotiate salaries that are significantly higher than the initial offer. As one client observed after a successful negotiation, “You have more than paid for yourself!” Other clients use our time together to build the case for a raise. Some clients have been able to get raises of 10, 20 or even 30 percent.
- Shorter Job Searches: Being out of work costs money. Designing and implementing an efficient job search can often reduce the number of weeks spent looking for a job, which translates into more money coming in sooner.
- Better Exit Packages: Clients who face lay-offs often manage to improve their severance packages beyond what the company initially offers.
It’s harder to place a dollar figure on some of the other gains, such as:
- the end of the Sunday Night Blues,
- a greater sense of purpose,
- a job that you look forward to,
- less burn-out and more energy for your life outside of work,
- work that your children see you enjoying,
- the reduction or cessation of stress-related health issues.
Is there a required minimum number of sessions?
There is no minimum number of sessions, however, most clients are with me between 10 and 20 sessions.
This type of career work does take time. If you hope to resolve your career issues in two or three sessions, that’s often not a realistic expectation. You’ll actually get more out of the process if you plan on a minimum of ten sessions. We sometimes finish in fewer than ten sessions, but there is no way to know that until we get started on our work together.
Is career counseling covered by insurance?
Career work is not eligible for insurance coverage.
Do you have sliding scale fees or discount packages?
I do not have sliding scale fees or discount packages.
How frequently will we meet?
I recommend that our first 3-4 sessions be scheduled at weekly or biweekly intervals. I use an online scheduling system, so you will be able to select appointments that work with your schedule. Sometimes, either your schedule or my schedule will preclude weekly meetings, and that’s fine. After our first several meetings, you will have meatier assignments to complete between sessions, and at that point, the frequency of our sessions will likely decrease.
Can I come less frequently to spread out the cost?
If you want to spread out the cost of our work, you can achieve that by only scheduling one or two appointments a month. Please bear in mind that this will also slow down your progress on whatever career issue you are tackling. I will work with you to develop a work plan between sessions, but you will be responsible for executing the work plan independently.