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I provide solution-focused individual and couples therapy in the Baltimore area. Let's get a free phone consultation scheduled and collaborate on a plan for getting you back on track.
Less Psychobabble, More Collaboration
Clinical & Consulation Services
Initial Assessment & Goal Setting
Understanding Your Strengths & Challenges
Our first meeting together involves some initial paperwork that provides some background information and then (typically) a one hour meeting to get to know each other. This meeting is a little different than a counseling session because I'll be asking you a variety of questions to learn more about you, your history, your goals, and how you hope counseling might be helpful.
During this meeting you'll have an opportunity to also learn about me, my approach to counseling, and what it might be like to work together. By the end of this meeting, we'll have worked together to establish an initial plan for counseling.
Confidential, Goal-Oriented, Effective
I take a collaborative approach to work together, identify strengths, and discover new ways to use those strengths to overcome life challenges. In addition, I integrate mindfulness, coping strategies, and relationship skill building in order to address both lifelong challenges and/or more acute issues that have recently arisen.
Research evidence supports the idea that the fit between you and your therapist is one of the strongest predictors of a successful counseling experience. I strive to provide a safe space for open and honest communication, genuine support (and, at times, those gentle challenges that we all need), and a caring sense of humor to help you through life's difficulties.
Getting "Us" Back on Track
No matter how long you've been together, some form of challenge and conflict is inevitable in even the healthiest relationships. Couples counseling can help you and your partner learn how to communicate more effectively, learn how get each other's needs/wants met, navigate surprising stressors, reignite intimacy, and figure out how to start having fun again.
Collaboration to Get You to the Next Level
I provide consultation on a variety of topics that include (but are not limited to) athletics performance enhancement, team building, and healthy technology habits. During these consultations we will identify strengths, weaknesses, roadblocks & opportunities in order to identify an actionable plan to help you reach your goals.
I also provide professional consultations for clinicians looking to take the leap into private practice. These consultations are uniquely shaped to help you achieve your dream practice. You (yes, you!) can do do it!
If you're in the Baltimore area and seeking a Psychologist or Counselor please email DrSharer@BaltimorePsychologist.net or fill out the form below to set up free phone consultation to learn more about how therapy can work for you!
Here Are Some Things To Know
Whether you are a therapy veteran or if this is your first time seeking help, you're going to have questions. Here are some answers to the most common ones.
How long does each individual therapy session take?
Initial Assessments take 60 minutes and because there is a lot for me to learn about you, we might need to schedule a second one before we can put together the collaborative plan for our work.
After we complete that assessment meeting, individual therapy appointments are the standard 50 minute length.
What about couples therapy?
Because couples therapy involves me getting to know both you individually and as a couple, the initial assessment is 90 minutes long. During that time I'll meet with both of you together, and then individually, before we all come back together to discuss the plan moving forward. Couples therapy sessions are the same length as individual therapy sessions, 50 minutes.
What are your fees?
I recognize that counseling is an emotional, time, and monetary investment and strive to provide the highest quality service while consistently evaluating our progress. Many clients find that that some of their initial concerns or symptoms are often alleviated or reduced after a few sessions.
My current fees are $190 for the initial intake evaluation and $170 for individual counseling sessions. Because I do a thorough initial evaluation with couples that involves meeting both individually and as a couple, those meetings take about an hour and a half and are $210. Subsequent couples counseling sessions are $180.
Consulting fees vary depending on time, travel, and content.
Do You Accept Insurance?
I am considered an "out of network" provider for a number of other insurance companies. This means that they may be able to reimburse you a considerable amount for our meetings.
Feel free to contact your insurance company and ask about out of network reimbursement or bring it up during our phone consultation for more information. If you would like to use your insurance benefits to cover some or all of our meetings, it's important for you to call your insurance provider to verify things like co-pays, deductibles, and any session limits.
What is a "solution-focused" therapist?
While that answer will fill more space than I have in this FAQ, let me briefly explain what it means to me as a therapist and you as my client. As a client, I'll want to hear from you about your life history, experiences, perceived strengths & weaknesses, and goals for your life. As a therapist, I will use that information to work with you and create a plan for finding solutions to the current set of concerns that are bringing you into my office. By using your goals & values to frame our work, we can develop concrete strategies to help you move toward solutions.
What About Privacy and Confidentiality?
Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to me. In order for you to feel comfortable enough to open up and be vulnerable enough to do the work that needs to be done, you need to know that you can trust me with that responsibility.
Our interactions and conversations are private and confidential, with a few exceptions that I explain in my confidentiality & informed consent statement that I will send to you ahead of our first meeting. I also will go over those items again during our first meeting and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
How Many Times Will We Be Meeting?
This is a really common question, and the most honest answer I have for it is, "as long as it takes". There is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. One of the major goals of our initial assessment is to identify a starting point for our work before we will assess the progress on your goals.
It's not unusual for someone to come in for "short-term" work and spend a few weeks addressing a specific issue and then returning down the road when another challenge arises. I also have current clients I have worked with for years. Because our work is solution-oriented we will consistently be evaluating whether our work is meeting your needs or goals and then planning accordingly.
What Should I Expect During My Free Phone Consultation?
Phone consultations typically are 10-20 minutes in length and give us both an opportunity to learn about each other. I'll ask for a brief overview of what made you reach out, share with you a bit more about my style & approach to therapy, and if it seems like we are a good fit we will work out the logistics of getting that initial assessment scheduled.
Because I know how difficult it can be to find the right therapist, especially if you've never done this before, I'm happy to provide you with referrals for other clinicians that I think you might match up well with at the end of our call if for some reason we end up not being the best fit.
Dr. Nathan Sharer
Take a Minute to Learn a Little More About Me
I earned my Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University in 2012. Before that, I earned an Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) and a M.A. (Master of Arts) in Counseling Psychology from James Madison University. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (#05464) in Maryland.
Initially I was trained as a generalist, meaning that I have expertise in treating a wide variety of concerns that include mood disorders (anxiety and depression), relationship issues, family concerns, identity development, and chronic mental health issues. In my private practice I have received special training and developed expertise in areas that include men’s issues, veterans’ issues including PTSD, technology and video game addiction, and performance-enhancement consultation for athletes.
I strive for a balance of genuineness, empathic listening, honest two-way communication, and a touch of humor in my work as a therapist. The work that is done in a therapy room is often some of the hardest and most rewarding work that you will do. It's my goal to provide a safe space for us to be fully authentic, roll up our sleeves, and use open dialogue to help you get back on track toward living a life that is most consistent with your goals and values.
Born and raised as a Marylander, I lived my early years in Western Maryland before moving around during college. Because I've maintained my fondness for blue crabs, the Orioles, and everything else our unique state has to offer, I moved to the Baltimore area in 2011. I currently live in and practice at an office in Fells Point.
I'd be happy to share more about myself, my approach to the therapy process, and to discuss whether working with me might help you achieve your own goals. To schedule a free phone consultation, please use the form below. I look forward to speaking with you!
Convenient, Private, Quiet Office Space in the heart of Fells Point!
Secure Telehealth appointments available
My office is located at the corner of S. Broadway and Bank st. in Baltimore City. Parking is easy to find - free street parking on Bank street and metered spots are available right in front of the office on Broadway.
To schedule a free phone consultation use the form below!
If you prefer you can email DrSharer@BaltimorePsychologist.net
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