Frequently Asked Questions
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Where is your office in San Francisco located?
Where is your office in Sonoma located?
What if I don’t know what is wrong with me? Should I be diagnosed 1st?
It is not necessary to begin psychotherapy knowing if you have a diagnosis. Working together in a safe atmosphere, we can remove obstacles and inhibitions that have prevented you from achieving your goals, whether long sought after or of recent origin. As you begin to discover the nature of the obstacles that have been standing in your way, you hold powerful information that can change your life. When starting therapy, you could be dealing with challenging circumstances in your life. How you get to feeling better after beginning therapy is what’s important and will be our focus.
Do you accept insurance?
I am not on any insurance panels. However I do get paid by insurance in situations where there is an “out of network” benefit. Also there are certain insurance plans that cover most practitioners. Since most people have no idea if these provisions applies to them, please call me at 707-254-5377. I will suggest how to determine if your insurance might be able to help cover your costs.
Do you follow a particular line of thinking regarding therapy?
I come from a humanist tradition, which means I care about my clients. Within that humanist tradition, I learned that how people are raised, for good and for ill, has an influence on the way they experience the good and the ill in their current life. It appears to me quite often that people come to therapy motivated to master their problems. My expertise is to help my clients find ways to do so.
What is clinical social work?
Just as there are doctors with different specialties, social workers also have diverse therapeutic approaches and areas of clinical interest. Social workers provide more psychotherapy than any other discipline in the United States. Working with people therapeutically in a variety of settings is considered clinical work. As a therapist, I have done clinical work in settings as diverse as in-patient hospitals, out-patient clinics, substance abuse clinics, and in private practice.
My Approach & Values
I have been interested in psychology from the 1980’s. My career has been long and fulfilling. The value of my experience is that I have worked successfully with many types of people and have heard many stories.
In the safe environment of psychotherapy, we can begin making sense of behavior and feelings that “don’t add up.” We talk together to understand how a feeling, symptom, or situation has come to exist — a simple act that can open opportunities for discovering new solutions where none seemed possible. I’ll help identify tools and strategies for you to implement your goals and desired outcomes.
My style with clients is often warm and interactive. However when needed, I can be quite direct and call it as I see it. I have worked successfully with many different individuals, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. I respect the spiritual beliefs that are important to you as well as your choice to embrace none.
“I’ve known and worked closely with John for many years as a fellow therapist. He is empathic, intelligent, warm and easy to be with. He works collaboratively with his clients, and can also help them to identify issues that he sees at work that they may not be fully aware of. He’s someone who really enjoys his work and it shows. He is pragmatic and helps clients achieve results they would like in therapy, as well as helping them to explore the origins of significant problems in order to reach solutions that last.”
“So, I have sent John Bogardus…oh, I don’t know..maybe 10 patients over the years. To a person, they’ve gotten tremendous help. John is just a good all-round psychotherapist. Here’s the follow-up feedback I get about John. He’s kind. He listens. Better yet, he listens with an ear attuned to what the patient really needs. He’s a tall affable guy and conveys a sense that he can be trusted, that he can’t be ruffled, and that he’s there in your corner whatever comes up. He isn’t theory-bound and doesn’t come off like one of those shrinks with a stick up their ……. Know what I mean? Anyway, I’d refer a family member to him, which is about the highest praise I can give a psychotherapist.”
“It’s good to know that there are therapists of integrity like John working in the field. We come to therapists to get help, and in so doing we open ourselves up to their scrutiny. I like the fact that John is so decent, so safe, and so trustworthy as a person, and he brings all those qualities into his profession.”