Getting Started
We want to make the process of starting therapy as comfortable and easy as possible. If you have any questions before you make your initial appointment, please contact us. You can also speak directly to Dr. Mazzei before you schedule an appointment at no cost. Just contact us and you will be connected to someone who can assist you.

What can I expect from our initial session?
During your initial session, Dr. Mazzei will explain our policies and ask you some questions about the issues you have been facing. This will provide her with a better understanding of how she may help you. Also, she can answer any questions you have on the therapy process. This session is a good opportunity to gauge how comfortable you feel with her and to identify initial treatment goals.

How do I know if counseling will help me?
Counseling (also referred to as psychotherapy or therapy) with a Clinical Psychologist can help individuals, couples and families who are struggling with a specific issue, such as a mental health disorder, health problem, or relationship conflict. Counseling can provide effective techniques and strategies for dealing with problems. Also, the therapeutic process often promotes insight to facilitate positive life changes. This is all done in a confidential and nonjudgmental environment. Research supports the effectiveness of counseling to address a wide ranges of issues.

How long and frequent are sessions?
Typically, Dr. Mazzei meets with patients weekly for approximately 45-60 minutes. Depending on your needs, sessions may be more or less frequent. The length of treatment depends on many factors, including the nature and severity of your issues. Dr. Mazzei will discuss her recommendations with you regarding frequency and length of treatment to ensure that your treatment goals are being met.

Is my treatment confidential?
Federal and Illinois law protects the privacy of what is disclosed during the therapy process. We can only release confidential information with your permission; however, there are some exceptions, which will be addressed when you start therapy.