PSYCHOTHERAPY and counseling for individuals  and Couples – Corvallis OR

Seth Bernstein, Ph.D.


QUESTION: For self-pay clients, what does your $100 per hour rate pay for?

ANSWER:  Clients are buying my time. This includes the time I spend working with clients in person, on the phone, or by e-mail. It includes time doing research or time talking with your primary care physician or other third-parties (with your permission), if that is appropriate. It includes the time it takes for me to write progress notes, if I do not complete them during our meeting time. 

Question: what if I have really big problems, problems that might take years to solve? How are 8-12 sessions going to help me?

ANSWER: You very well may not be able to solve all your presenting problems in 8-12 sessions. The goal of time-limited treatment is not to solve all of a client's problems. Our big problems are most often a collection of multiple smaller problems. The "end in mind" for the type of treatment I provide is to identify a small number of important and achievable goals that can be accomplished in 8-12 sessions. In the process of achieving these goals, clients will learn skills and gain confidence that will help them continue to work on additional goals on their own.

PSYCHOTHERAPY and counseling for individuals  and Couples – Corvallis OR

Seth Bernstein, Ph.D.



Note: If you are a couple seeking services, substitute "we" for "I" as you read and respond to the self-assessment areas below.

Question: what happens if I get to the end of time-limited treatment and I want to continue to see you?

ANSWER: My treatment approach is designed to assist you in achieving an important, but limited set of goals within a defined period of time. When clients express a concern about ending time-limited treatment, most of the time they discover that they are more prepared to manage their own change processes than they thought. I always provide clients with the option of a follow-up appointment in two to six months. 

QUESTION: how do i check the status of your license or file a complaint?

My Oregon Clinical Psychologist license number is 1589. To check on the status of my license, go to: 

For information about how to file a complaint with the Board of Psychology Examiners, go to

Note: my National Provider Identification number is 1659685220.