Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t take insurance. I can provide a receipt in case your insurance will reimburse for an out of network provider.
I take payment via credit card through a secure app called IVY Pay. For in person sessions, I can also take cash.
Individual sessions are $150 per hour. Couples sessions are $175 per hour. Sessions are typically one hour long.
I start seeing clients typically at 9:30, throughout the day until my last session at 4:45 pm.
I only offer daytime appointments during the week.
I offer both in person sessions and telehealth sessions. Some clients are more comfortable in one or the other form; some shift in between the two based on the present need.
I am located at 897 Delaware Ave, Suite 212. I am near the intersection of Delaware Ave and Bryant St. There is plenty of on-site parking and your choice of either stairs or elevators to get to my second floor office.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have a Master’s degree in Family Therapy, and extensive training in couples therapy. I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist and have completed Intimacy from the Inside Out Couples Therapy training – Basic, Advanced, and several Post Advanced Classes.

IFS is a transformative tool that conceives every human being as a system of protective and wounded inner parts lead by a core Self. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal.

IFS is frequently used as an evidence-based psychotherapy, helping people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts. IFS creates inner and outer connectedness by helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts.

IFS is much more than a non-pathologizing evidence-based psychotherapy to be used in a clinical setting. It is also a way of understanding personal and intimate relationships and stepping into life with confidence, calm, compassion, courage, creativity, clarity, curiosity, and connectedness.

The model I draw from most frequently is called Intimacy from the Inside Out. I am also informed by the work of John Gottman – The Gottman Method; Sue Johnson – Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Esther Perel – author of Mating in Captivity and the podcast Where Should We Begin?

Intimacy from the Inside Out© is a model of couples therapy that draws primarily from the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, but also includes aspects of psychodynamic theory, systems thinking and neuroscience. It is an experiential model born out of a desire to carry the concepts of IFS into a relational setting and to use the intimate relationship itself as a vehicle for growth and healing of the individual, as well as the couple.

This work assumes that each us has access to an inward spiritual presence that supports the notion that human beings are resilient and have inner resources of self -love and self-regulation. It is a non-pathologizing approach that helps people make sense of their life experience in a safe and collaborative way.

In IFIO therapy, each member of the couple is invited into a process, which leads to a self compassionate, and secure relationship with him or herself. This then makes it possible to stay connected with oneself and one’s partner even in times of stress and relational rupture. The application of the model moves between fostering internal attachment work and doing relational work between partners.

Inviting the exploration of each partner’s individual’s inner life supports couples in envisioning a lively dance that includes: communicating well; repairing inevitable rupture; making room for the needs of both individuals, as well as the relationship; and exploring authentic heartfelt connection.

Lisa Lutz Therapy, PLLC

Lisa Lutz Therapy, PLLC