FAQs about Therapy
What are your qualifications?
I am licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. I have an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Psychology from Prescott College.
Do you accept insurance?
I currently accept Cigna, Optum, UnitedHealthCare, United Behavioral Health, Managed Health Network, MHNet Behavioral Health, and Health Net. For all others I am able to provide a superbill so that you can seek out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company.
How much does therapy cost?
My fee is $125 per 50-minute session.
Do you offer a sliding scale fee?
Yes. If you need, we can set a fee based on your income.
What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy is therapy provided by secure video connection. We are able to meet via live video connection. You are able to participate in therapy from any private location with internet connection.
How often would we meet?
I find it best to begin by meeting once a week. There are times that clients need additional support and we can meet twice a week. Once clients feel close to their goals we often begin meeting once a month or on an as-needed basis.
How long are the appointments?
Appointments are 50 minutes.
How long are people usually in therapy?
The length of time in therapy depends on a person’s goals and progress towards those goals. There are no guarantees regarding outcome or timeline. I have had clients feel that they have achieved what they set out to achieve in eight or ten sessions. While other times people want or need to continue therapy for a year or more. When someone decides to stop regular sessions, I often offer an open-door-policy so that they can call and schedule an appointment at any time in the future.
What if I change my mind about wanting therapy?
The only commitment in therapy is to yourself. I do ask that you give at least a 24-hour notice when canceling sessions, but there is no contract about being in therapy for any length of time.
I’ve never done therapy. How does it work?
Therapy is a process of expressing our thoughts, feeling and emotions. When we feel seen and heard, without critical judgment, it helps us to feel better about ourselves. We can gain insight into our lives by talking things through with a professional therapist. Once we feel accepted for who we are it often enables us to make changes. Therapy offers many skills and resources that will help you create the change that you are wanting.
Will therapy still work if somebody doesn’t want to be there?
It definitely can. Sometimes clients come to therapy because people in their life encourage them to seek help. They may not believe that they need help, or they may disagree about what the problem is and who is responsible. My job is to get to know my clients so that I can understand their experience. I use a non-judgmental and empathic approach that supports clients in reflecting on their thoughts, feelings and behavior without being confrontational. Frequently, people’s defenses lower when they feel accepted for who they are.
Are you able to help my child if they won’t talk about what's bothering them?
Great question! I have many creative, fun and gentle techniques that I utilize when working with clients who don’t want to talk or don’t have the words to express themselves. We don’t have to talk for a therapy session to be effective. Clients can process their thoughts and emotions through music, therapeutic games, art, stories, and play.
Please feel free to call, text or e-mail any questions that you have.