PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

 

Therapist’s statement: These are testimonials from past patients. I did not ask current patients to participate in testimonials since that might make them feel uncomfortable in their current therapy.

 

A 32-year-old husband from Cameron Park, CA writes:

I began having an affair with a woman at my work. I watched pornography excessively. My wife found out about both these things, and I wanted to keep my marriage intact. I felt terrible about my behavior, and myself. That is when I came into therapy with Ms. Muschio. She helped me uncover the unconscious reasons why I was sexually acting out. [Patient was survivor of childhood sexual abuse]. My wife and I went into marital counseling with another therapist, and Ms. Muschio consulted with her during our therapy together. With everyone ‘on the same page’ my marriage and my family are back together, and stronger than ever before.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 309.81

His physician prescribed: None

His therapy lasted 39 months

 

A 43-year-old woman from Rancho Cordova, CA writes:

My husband had died after a long illness with cancer. I was devastated, and could not go to work. My job had an Employee Assistance Program [EAP] for mental health needs. My job recommended Ms. Muschio, who is a Certified EAP counselor. Although we only had five sessions together, that my job paid for 100%, Ms. Muschio helped me tremendously with my grief, sadness, and feelings of hopelessness. I would definitely recommend Ms. Muschio for grief counseling.

This patient was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 296.22

Her physician prescribed: Prozac, and Xanax

Her therapy lasted 39 months.

 

A 28-year-old woman from Shingle Springs, CA writes:

I come from a long line of alcoholics. My father was an alcoholic, and my husband is one too. Seems like I am ‘really attracted’ to alcoholics, because my old boyfriend is one too. When I came to see Kathleen Muschio, LMFT in therapy, she helped me connect the dots. She recommended I go to Al-Anon meetings, do some reading about ‘the family illness’ of alcoholism. It did not happen over night, but eventually I started to understand how my behavior enabled my husband to continue drinking. We worked together to fight the disease of alcoholism, and co-dependency.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Dysthymic Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 300.4

Her physician prescribed: Cymbalta and Lexapro

Her therapy lasted 8 months

 

A 35 year-old mother of three writes:

My 12 year-old son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and had been in social skills classes at the Mind Institute through U.C. Davis. I got him into counseling with Kathleen, and he started to blossom. She reinforced what he had learned at the Mind Institute, and coordinated his psychiatric care with his psychiatrist. I always felt supported by her. It is really hard to raise a family when one child has ‘special needs.’

 

This patient was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome

ICD-9 Code: 299.80

His physician prescribed: None

His therapy lasted 28 months

 

A couple in their late forties from Citrus Heights, CA writes:

We were married for 25 years, and had been to couple’s counseling before. We had nearly given up hope of communicating effectively. Ms. Moss Muschio taught us effective ways to talk to each other. Now we know how to ‘fight fair’ and there is more hope and love in our marriage. Our kids appreciate it too, so thank you. We really do not feel we could have done it on our own, and other counselors just did not help the way that Ms. Moss Muschio did. She is great!

 

This patient was diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder, NOS

ICD-9 Code: 309.9

His physician prescribed: None

Their therapy lasted 5 months

 

A 29 year-old man from Cameron Park, CA writes:

I was engaged to be married to a woman, but now I know that was something I was doing to please my family and community. I had always had sexual feelings for men. I started having sex with men when I was a teenager, but was in the closet. Kathleen Muschio, LMFT helped me sort out my sexual feelings, and helped me come out with my family, and my coworkers. It was really hard at first, but it got easier with the caring support of Ms. Muschio.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder, NOS

ICD-9 Code: 309.9

His physician prescribed: None

His therapy lasted 14 months

 

A 52-year-old man from Folsom, CA writes:

Alcohol and drugs were kicking my behind. I had not ever been sober for longer than 6 weeks at a time. I was in rehab, and someone there referred me to Ms. Muschio. She really ‘gets it’ about drugs, and alcohol. I continued seeing her, going to AA meetings, and talking with my sponsor. Slowly but surely I started to put in some time, and now I’ve been sober for 2 years!! Seriously, I don’t think I could have done it with out all my support systems. Ms. Muschio was one of those supports. She really understands my disease, and how to work with me. She’s the real deal.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Alcohol Abuse and Major Depressive Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 305.00 and 296.31

His physician prescribed: Zoloft

His therapy lasted 10 months

 

A 40 year-old mother of two who lives in El Dorado Hills, CA writes:

My husband started a relationship with another woman, and had filed for divorce. He refused to see our daughter. Both of my children were deeply affected by his inappropriate behavior. I needed to protect my children and help them with their feelings of abandonment, but I couldn’t. I was just too close to the situation. I brought both of them to see Ms. Muschio. She was sweet, caring, and understanding. She really helped both my daughter and my son with the many feelings, and problems they had while my ex-husband and I divorced. I would definitely recommend her to anyone going through a divorce, especially when there are children involved.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder, NOS

ICD-9 Code: 309.9

Their physician prescribed: None

This family therapy lasted 21 months

 

A 32 year-old woman from Rancho Cordova, CA writes:

I have bipolar disorder. I have to take medication everyday to help me with my moods. Sometimes I cry all day long, and can’t even care for my little girl. I started seeing Kathleen Muschio, LMFT after my doctor told me to go to therapy. At first I was suspicious, and wondered how that was going to help. Also, my husband did not want me to go. Over time, I learned new ways to cope, and think about my moods. Now I only see my therapist once and a while. It is always a great experience, and I learn new things all the time. I think everyone should go to therapy.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder, in partial remission

ICD-9 Code: 296.55

Her physician prescribed: Depakote ER, Lithium, Abilify

Her therapy lasted 39 months

 

A 27 year-old woman from El Dorado Hills, CA writes:

I was really depressed. I could not get along socially, or at work. When I came into therapy with Kathleen Muschio, LMFT, I suspected I might be depressed. She worked with me to see a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with Major Depression. I started on medicine, and continued in psychotherapy with Kathleen. Some of my problems revolved around my relationship to men. Kathleen helped me with this, and now I am dating. I have not found “Mr. Right” but at least I have hope, and I don’t hate myself anymore.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Social Anxiety

ICD-9 Code: 296.32 and 300.23

Her physician prescribed: Zoloft, Ambien, and Effexor, Topamax

Her therapy lasted 25 months

 

A 22 year-old woman in college from Folsom, CA writes:

Kathleen is tight, and helped me a lot. My family did not like it when I told them I was gay. They put me in psychotherapy, like there was ‘something wrong with me.’ WTF, there is nothing wrong with me. Kathleen did not judge me, and she helped me feel all right about how my parents are ‘super judgmental.’ I really like her, and think she could help most people. She referred my parents to P.F.L.A.G. were they could learn to deal with THEIR problems about my life.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder, NOS

ICD-9 Code: 309.9

Her physician prescribed: None

Her therapy lasted 2 months

 

A 40-year-old father of two from Sacramento, CA writes:

After my wife and I divorced, my older daughter just never seemed to be able to fit into life with her peers. She was only 9 years old when her school suggested therapy, and we went to Ms. Muschio. She was socially awkward, and very shy. Working with Play Therapy Ms. Muschio was able to help my daughter with her self-esteem. She is a happy little girl today, I am really grateful to Ms. Muschio.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Separation Anxiety Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 309.21

Her physician prescribed: None

Her therapy lasted 9 months

 

A couple in Roseville, CA writes:

When we came to see Kathleen Muschio, LMFT we were nearly getting a divorce. My wife’s drinking had reached a point were I could not trust her with our children anymore. Our house was in foreclosure; it felt like the whole world was closing in on us. In addition, my parents were always in our business. Things were pretty bleak. We both like working with Ms. Muschio, who was always calm, and very professional. She listened, and gave direction for us both. My wife confronted her alcoholism. Ms. Muschio is a great therapist. We both recommend her.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Alcohol Dependence

ICD-9 Code: 296.32 and 303.90

His physician prescribed: Celexa

Their therapy lasted 8 months

 

A 32 year-old man from Rancho Murieta, CA writes:

I could not concentrate at work and it was making me distraught. I came to see Kathleen Muschio, LMFT through my work place Employee Assistance Program. My supervisor recommended therapy because I was getting in arguments with my coworkers. Kathleen helped me with anger management. Together we discovered that some childhood issues were causing me to behave poorly at work. Plus she helped me realize that I had adult ADD. When I went to see my physician, and was put on medicine things started to improve. I could not have done that without Kathleen’s help. Thank you.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 296.32

His physician prescribed: Concerta, Celexa

His therapy lasted 21 months

 

A lesbian couple from Citrus Heights, CA writes:

We were having a lot of trouble finding a therapist to work with us. No one really did ‘gay counseling’, that we could find. Then we went to see Kathleen Muschio, LMFT. We can recommend her to the gay community. She understood our feelings, and helped us with better communication. It has helped us, and our children. Thank you Kathleen.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder, NOS

ICD-9 Code: 309.9

Her physician prescribed: None

Their therapy lasted 9 months

 

A 34 year-old woman from Folsom, CA with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder writes:

I was frightened about therapy at first. I had been an over-eater all my life. I am also a sexual abuse survivor. Kathleen Muschio helped me with both problems. She is patient, and caring. She is easy to talk to, and insightful. Therapy is easier than I thought it was going to be.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Agoraphobia

ICD-9 Code: 309.81 and 300.22

Her physician prescribed: Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Ambien, and Xanax

Her therapy lasted 38 months

 

A couple that lives in Citrus Heights, CA write:

We did not know how to handle our 8 year-old daughter. She was all over the place, and would not listen to us. It was so much more than most people could imagine. Taking things away from her did not work. She just did not listen or respond to discipline. When we came to see Kathleen Muschio, LMFT for child therapy she told us… we had a strong willed, and defiant child. She helped our daughter, but mainly she helped us with new parenting techniques. Our daughter is still strong willed, but at least now we know better how to handle her. The household is a lot calmer, and our marriage is going to survive this child!! We did not used to think it would.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type

ICD-9 Code: 313.81 and 314.00

Her physician prescribed: Strattera 50 mg, Abilify

Her therapy lasted 19 months

 

A 23 year-old man who was suicidal from Sacramento, CA writes:

We were immigrants to America. We did not feel comfortable talking to others about our problems. I did not trust that anyone would understand when I realized I had Major Depression. My physician recommended I see a psychotherapist, but I kept putting it off. Finally, I nearly killed myself, and was hospitalized for a brief time. That was when I started seeing Kathleen Moss Muschio, LMFT. She coordinated services with my physician and the hospital. I learned I could trust her confidentiality. She is very professional, and I felt very comfortable with her.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 296.33

His physician prescribed: Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Xanax

His therapy lasted 10 months

 

A 19 year-old college freshman with obsessive-compulsive disorder from Folsom, CA writes:

I really liked working with Kathleen Muschio, LMFT. She is easy to talk to, and really understood my problems. She actively offered solutions, and alternatives to my problems. The way she works, it helps me think of other ways to deal with my problems. I would really recommend her to all my friends.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 300.3

Her physician prescribed: Zoloft, Luvox, and Cymbalta

Her therapy lasted 38 months

 

A 35 year-old man from Cameron Park, CA and his wife write:

We had both been married before, and had five children all together from our previous marriages. When we tried to blend our families but friction started to tear things apart. The kids were fighting and so were we. In therapy with Kathleen Muschio, LMFT, we worked out arrangements that helped make our blended family happy. It was hard work, but we stuck with it, and now things are a lot better. Kathleen had practical ‘real life’ suggestions that were easy to understand. Some therapists are too intellectual. Kathleen just makes sense to us.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder, mixed with anxiety and depressed mood

ICD-9 Code: 309.28

His physician prescribed: None

His therapy lasted 21 months

 

A 58 year-old married woman from El Dorado Hills, CA writes:

My physician made me get a psychological evaluation for gastric bypass surgery. I came to Kathleen Moss Muschio, LMFT office and she provided my physician with information that he needed to do my surgery. It was really easy working with her. Plus she provided follow up therapy after my surgery. With a good meal plan, and her help I lost over 185 pounds. More importantly, I kept the weight off for two years now.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Eating Disorder, NOS

ICD-9 Code: 307.50

Her physician prescribed: None

Her therapy lasted 1 month

 

A married mother of four from Folsom, CA writes:

A friend of mine recommended Kathleen Muschio, LMFT to have child therapy with my 8-year-old son. He was acting out in school. He also has a serious health condition. I could not get him to stay on task with his schoolwork. He continued to act out, and sometimes refused to go to school. Kathleen had experience with school-aged children. He felt comfortable with her, and that made me happy. Now he is doing well, and getting good grades. We appreciate her help.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Tourette’s Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 313.81 and 307.23

His physician prescribed: Concerta

His therapy lasted 23 months

 

A 38-year-old man from Folsom, CA writes:

I brought my teen daughter to see Ms. Muschio because she pulls her hair out. She has done this for years, and this behavior has really created a lot of problems in her young life. Kids at school make fun of her; it does not matter if she wears a wig or anything. Then my daughter started smoking pot all the time, I felt like I was loosing her. Ms. Muschio recommended an outpatient rehab facility here in Sacramento. Now my daughter is making strides towards learning how to deal with her anxiety, without pot or pulling her hair out.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Trichotillomania and Cannibis Abuse

ICD-9 Code: 312.39 and 305.21

Her physician prescribed: Prozac and Zoloft

Her therapy lasted 28 months

 

A 67-year-old man from El Dorado Hills, CA writes:

When my wife developed Alzheimer’s, and was slowly slipping away from me, I came to Kathleen Muschio for help. It was horrible because the woman I knew as my wife only appeared intermittently. Her children did not understand when I needed to put her in a care home, and it was very difficult dealing with the guilt of making that decision. But with the gentle guidance and accepting direction from Kathleen, I was able to navigate the emotional mine fields of my life very well. Now she lives in a care home, and my life has been returned to me. Although I am sad about my wife’s condition, I am not overwhelmed by guilt, and self-recriminations.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 296.32

His physician prescribed: Zoloft, Ambien, and Xanax

His therapy lasted 21 months

 

A 50 year-old married woman, who lives in Granite Bay, CA, with 4 children writes:

“The most devastating issue is that I am a compulsive shopper, and that has put a big burden on the family.” My husband has hit me in the past. I gave him all my charge cards. My husband doesn’t take responsibility, every other counselor has told us to keep a budget and we have never done that.” When I came to see Kathleen Muschio, LMFT I had a lot of big problems. Kathleen calmly worked with me on past issues that contributed to my low self-esteem. I was able to make better choices for myself, and for my family.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Bipolar I, most recent episode hypomanic

ICD-9 Code: 296.42

Her physician prescribed: Risperdal, Lexapro, Depakote

Her therapy lasted 42 months

 

 

A 37 year-old mother of three from Folsom, CA writes:

I brought in my 12 year old son because the school reported problems with paying attention. He also suffers from low self-esteem, tends to be very sensitive to criticism. He did not want to participate in football. He said he was afraid, but my husband and I wanted him to play ball. His grades are poor despite having a high IQ. He is sad and upset with father for forcing him to participate in these events, and I felt I was in the middle.” After working with Kathleen Muschio, LMFT our family is functioning a lot better. My son is happier, and my husband has gotten ‘more mellow.’ Thank you Kathleen.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, combined type

ICD-9 Code: 314.01

His physician prescribed: Stratterra

His therapy lasted 21 months

 

 

A 42 year-old married woman from Sacramento, CA writes:

I had been in therapy before, and it had not worked. I came to see Kathleen Muschio, LMFT because I just could not make my husband happy, and we were miserable ALL of the time. He accused me of having an affair, which I was not, I could not put up with it anymore. I could not get a word ‘in’ with him; he would not listen to me. Kathleen helped me with practical solutions on how to be heard, and how to say my message clearly. Now we communicate better, and our marriage is a lot better too.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Dysthymic Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 300.4

Her physician prescribed: Zoloft, Ambien, and Xanax

Her therapy lasted 21 months

 

 

A 35 year-old mother of two from Granite Bay, CA writes:

I brought my 8 year-old daughter to Kathleen Muschio, LMFT after her doctor told me to seek counseling services for her. My little girl was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and was given medication by the doctor. My daughter would ask the same questions on a nightly basis, and in the same order. These questions did not make any sense. Kathleen worked with her on her obsessions, and over time, she got better. Now she is in high school, and does not worry about things anymore.

 

This patient was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

ICD-9 Code: 300.3

Her physician prescribed: Zoloft

Her therapy lasted 36 months