Counseling

Thank you for beginning this work.  My job, from here forward, is to serve as an ally and resource. For more information on my experience and orientation, please visit the Homepage of this site.

Regarding Sessions and Preparation

Our work together will involve place-based connection, somatics, conversation, and some mindfulness practices. I invite you to give the work real time and effort so that the change you are seeking can come to fruit. Each person and each relationship is unique. Our work may all build up to a moment of realization that is exactly what was needed. It may take more time. It's up to us to clearly see when it is over. Some of the work we will do will be focused on developing exactly those attributes of clear seeing and decisive action. It is not my intention for us to work together for as long as possible. It is my intention to only serve for as long as needed and then part ways so we can continue our respective journeys with more wisdom and empowerment.

Our work will either be outside or in the office, depending on the need. We will decide the orientation of the work and the location as we go along. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring an extra layer and a water bottle or tea. 

Regarding communications

Email

I do use email as a primary means of communication for scheduling and general questions or updates. I will not engage in direct counseling over email, and will ask that we schedule a session or a phone call in such cases. I ask that, for best use of our time, emails be pithy and get to the heart of the matter. Some elders call this "choosing your best words." For something that will take time to communicate and can wait, please write it down and bring it to our next session. This will help that thought to season and take clear shape. If our work involves detailed or lengthy emails, I will ask you to agree to paying the full counseling rate for our time. I will be honest and precise with such billing. In such cases, I read the email once (“on the clock”), then typically sit with it for a day or two (“off the clock”), then respond (“on the clock”).

Please know that, while I do my best to maintain confidentiality, email is not a fully secure means of communication. For highly sensitive material, we will find other ways of communicating.

Phone

As a counselor, it is part of my work to make myself available to any client if there is a deep need. If you are in real crisis, call 911. If you are in a deep need to talk to me, you can try my phone anytime [(202) 810-5360]. I do not, however, always have it on or on me. So, please know that I am a clear ally, but cannot be your only resource in a time of need. Otherwise, I prefer talking in person. If our sessions go well, it means that there will be new tools at your disposal for you to play with when confronted with challenging circumstances or familiar patterns. If we do have phone conversations that turn into session work, I will ask you to pay the full counseling rate for our time.

Texting

Texting comes through my email, so it may be slow arriving to me.

Scheduling and Cancellations

At this point, we will figure out schedules via email. If you do cancel an appointment, I ask for 24 hours notice. You will be charged the full session rate for any cancellation in under 24 hours notice, barring an extreme circumstance.

Regarding Payment

My current counseling rate for individuals is $80/hour. Please see the appointments page on the website for more details. I ask for payment at the end of each session. We can work out a payment plan or other arrangements if necessary.

You have a few option for payment. You may give cash or a check to me directly.  Checks can be made payable to Matthew Fogarty or Square One Counsel LLC. Please see the Payment by Card page on the website for paying via credit or debit card.  Thank you.

I do not take insurance.

I have a limited number of sliding scale appointments available upon request.

Intake Form and Disclosure Statement

Finally, you have been or will be emailed a welcome packet with an intake form and a disclosure statement. The intake form will include important information for you as a counseling client, as required by Washington State law and good ethics in general. The intake form is the beginning of our work. Please fill this out and use the best practice of being pithy and “choosing your best words.” How can you get to the heart of the matter when answering these questions? You may consider some information tangential to your goal. However, we are starting with a look at the big picture, the full person. This will help identify patterns and connections in different areas of your life. Of course, if there is anything that you simply do not want to answer, you may say so in the form.

Resources

As we work together, I'll send resources your way. Some of these resource pages have passwords or hidden urls on the website. The reason for this is simple. In order for true change to happen, it has to be primary experience driven. Culturally, we have access to all the concepts and secondary experience we could ever want. Our work will involve actually experiencing and growing new ways of being. If you have further questions about this, please bring it up as we work together.

Thank You and Enjoy the Day!