Relationships take work. Make your work count with counseling. 

Acknowledging each other’s hard work can be difficult when your relationship feels unstable. Dr. Buckley helps you do this by providing equal attention to both clients. She has more than a decade of experience helping a diverse clientele of couples strengthen their relationships. Couples counseling offers you a way to work through difficult conflicts while acknowledging each other’s differing perspectives, needs, and goals. At Blue Heron Psychology, the goal of couples counseling is to provide professional support that will improve both your individual wellbeing and your relationship.

Counseling is a straightforward process. 

You briefly speak with Dr. Buckley by phone to share your concerns, ask questions, and ensure that your needs may be met before scheduling. The first meeting is a full 60-minute hour. The full hour is necessary to ensure informed consent, learn your history, clarify your goals, and develop an action plan. Couples who approve of the plan may schedule additional appointments based on their specific needs and preferences.

An initial trial of 1 to 4 weekly sessions is typically recommended for couples who would benefit from counseling. Some couples benefit from only a few sessions, while others elect to complete a full course of 8 to 12 sessions to meet their goals. If you complete a full course and wish to continue, you have the option of shorter and less frequent sessions to maintain your wellbeing. At Blue Heron Psychology, you can end counseling at any time, and take the skills and strategies learned with you.

Blue Heron Psychology offers counseling with the highest confidentiality allowed by law, and without requiring you to be labeled. 

At Blue Heron Psychology, you will receive discrete professional counseling without being mislabeled or overdiagnosed. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Buckley offers you understanding and expertise while respecting your privacy, dignity, and autonomy. She personally stores your counseling record, and offers you a greater level of access to the record than is required by the law.

At Blue Heron Psychology, you will be informed about the benefits and risks of a legal diagnosis prior to consenting to counseling. If you are open to a diagnosis, Dr. Buckley typically recommends using standardized measures in addition to the first meeting to ensure an accurate diagnosis. In the case that a diagnosis is added to your counseling record, you will be informed, may object, and may decide with whom to share this information.

Safeguarding your wellbeing and privacy is paramount to successful counseling. For this reason, Blue Heron Psychology does not accept payment from insurance companies. Counseling is offered fee-for-service only. You do not have to sacrifice your privacy or accept a legal diagnosis to benefit from counseling. 


The first meeting is a flat fee of $225 for a full 60-minute hour.  Session rates range between $115 and $199 each, depending on their length and whether you purchase them as part of a discounted multi-session package. Clients who wish to continue beyond a full course of counseling may purchase shorter sessions at a lower rate. At Blue Heron Psychology, you save time and money by customizing a counseling action plan that works for you. 

Blue Heron Psychology is considered an Out-of-Network Provider. If you prefer to self-submit receipts for counseling to your insurance company for reimbursement, Dr. Buckley will be happy to provide you with the necessary Superbill. However, the fee must be paid in full prior to the start of each session or package, and Blue Heron Psychology cannot guarantee that your insurance company will reimburse you for services rendered. For more information about rates please contact Dr. Buckley.