Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • 1.Privacy
  • What will happen after I call or email you?

    The therapist will return your call or email to arrange a free telephone consultation as soon as possible. We will talk about what you are looking for, if my practice is suited to meet your needs, fees and payment, and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you decide to move forward, we will schedule an appointment.

  • How can I contact someone at Emerge and is my communication private?

    You can reach us by calling our confidential phone at 415-484-9378 or using the links below to send us an email. All of our communication is private and we do not sell or share out contact or mailing lists.

    • For Luke click here: Luke
    • For Chad click here: Chad
  • 2.Services
  • Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

    Psychotherapy is different from talking with family and friends about your concerns. A welcoming and well-trained professional can help clearly identify the problem and provide guidance through the healing process. Lasting solutions and enjoying life are possible! If you are considering therapy, you are probably a good candidate for therapy. If you are not sure, you could try out one session to help you make a decision.

  • How do I know you are the right therapist for me?

    I encourage you to check in with yourself and see if the fit feels right to you. Through this website, Chad and Luke’s individual sites, our therapy blogs, and the initial email/phone contact you have with either of us, you will get impressions of the therapist and what it might be like to work together. At the end of the first session, the therapist will ask you how it felt to meet and share with him. Trust your intuition as you decide whether or not to move forward. Therapy requires an investment of your time, energy, and money, so finding a therapist who is the right fit for you is important.

  • What can I expect at our first session?

    Our goal is to offer everyone who walks into the office a warm welcome and a safe space as we explore the possibility of working together. It is normal to feel nervous during the first session, but most people feel more relaxed as we get started. The therapist will ask you to tell him about the reasons you are seeking psychotherapy and what outcomes you would like to experience. By the end of the first session, you will both decide if you are well matched and want to continue meeting.

  • How long does therapy last?

    Length of treatment varies significantly depending on the nature of your concerns and your goals. Some problems can be treated in a relatively short amount of time (8-12 sessions), while others take more time. During our initial meetings, we will discuss your treatment needs and length of therapy.

  • What services do you provide?

    Luke and Chad offers individual psychotherapy for adults (Chad also works with adolescents age 16 and up), couples or poly relationship therapy, and family therapy. Luke also provides services in sexual risk reduction and infection prevention. Chad also provides services as a parenting specialist as part of divorce mediation.

  • What forms of payments can I use?

    The nonprofit accepts cash, check, major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex), and PayPal. Each healing professional has his or her own Identification code that you must use when paying.

    Alternatively, if you choose to work with Luke or Chad in private practice, you should note the forms of payment accepted in such situations outside of Emerge™.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Please provide at least 24 hours notice to your Emerge™ professional for appointment cancellations. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you may have to pay for the missed session if we are unable to reschedule within the same week.

  • 3.General Questions
  • What does “MFT” mean?

    A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is a psychotherapist with either a Master’s or Doctoral degree in specified psychological coursework who applies therapeutic techniques through the lens of relationships.

    Under California law and the law in most States, the application of marriage and family therapy principles and methods includes, but is not limited to: the use of applied psychotherapeutic techniques to empower individuals to mature and grow within marriage and the many definitions of family; the provision of explanations and interpretations of the psychosexual and psychosocial aspects of relationships; and the use, application, and integration of the therapist’s required psychological coursework and training (and additional coursework and training as may be elected by the therapist).

    MFTI stands for Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. Under clinical supervision, a psychotherapist must fulfill 3000 hours of internship in specific areas of clinical practice before the State Board may grant a full MFT license. This is similar to when physicians are interns.

    The practice of “marriage and family therapy” means that service of psychotherapy performed with individuals, couples, or groups, wherein interpersonal relationships are examined for the purpose of achieving more adequate, satisfying, and productive relationship adjustments. This practice also includes relationship and pre-marriage counseling.

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The environmental, transpersonal, and somatic (holistic psychotherapy) worldview: Humans are multidimensional sentient beings comprised of spirit, mind, and body, and the human being exists within an interactive contingent reality composed of systems and environments. Humans have awareness (consciousness) about their inner lives and their outer interactions, as well as sub-awareness (a subconscious which is not operating at the level of mindfulness), and a hidden awareness (unconscious buried material that impacts cognitions/feelings and behaviors, and which has an individual locus but is also connected to a collective locus). Humans, for good or ill (depending on their superconscious formations), act to meet their five great instincts, and they generally use agency to do so in either a pro-social ("productive orientation") or anti-social ("entropic orientation") manner.

The five great instincts:

1. To be part-of
2. To have power to achieve
3. To exercise liberty of individual agency
4. To play and relax.
5. To sustain one's survival

When a person or a relationship system recognizes dysfunction and seeks to -- or is made to seek to -- fix it, the environmental, transpersonal, and somatic worldview utilizes an approach based on fourth-order cybernetics.

The following are some of the better treatment techniques for mental and emotional health function concerns (apart from specific medication and touch interventions), and they all build on each other:

1) Experiential/Symbolic Therapy (authenticity and humane rapport; relatedness even in mentorship; collaboration, playfulness)
2) Object Relations Therapy and Control-Mastery Therapy (how did we developmentally get here and how do we master the tough parts?) plus Integrative Meaning Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (existential and values approaches)
3) Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strategic Therapy (direct instruction, reality-testing, comparing internal and external logic to achieve reason, rolling with resistance, confronting irrationality)
4) Emotionally Focused Therapy (genuine and open feeling, relying on trusted team members, having healthy boundaries and attachments, more fulfilling experience of being part-of)
5) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy, (seeing the schemes, empowering "right-sized" self-esteem, challenging the scripts, writing new ones, mindfulness, distress tolerance, self-regulating of emotional reactions, strategic and deep/honest communicating, restructuring thought and feeling and action by using countervailing behaviors)
6) Gestalt Therapy (feel it rather than simply intellectualize it, look at somatic and work on them, consciously integrate the environment, the systems, and the internal compartments).
7) Solution-Focused (envision your ideal, reduce risk and harm to personally acceptable levels, build on strengths) Therapy

A good therapist who has a theoretical orientation that is environmental, transpersonal, and somatic, will integrate tools from all of these therapeutic techniques. The therapist will not be bound to the theory behind the techniques, but will conduct an integrative therapy based from within the environmental, somatic, and transpersonal (holistic psychotherapy) theoretical worldview. The therapist will act to help patients gain not only further expertise about themselves, but also to gain effective tools to live more fulfilling lives with more fulfilling relationships.
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