If you are new to therapy, I am sure you have many questions. Below are frequently asked questions about my practice:
Is therapy right for me?
Participating in therapy is an important decision. It takes a great deal of courage and strength to seek help! There are many misconceptions about who goes to therapy and why people choose to seek help. Most clients are ordinary people who pursue therapy for any number of reasons. Some seek therapy to address life transitions such as breakups, parenthood, or loss of loved ones. Others seek help managing mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
What is your fee and do you accept insurance?
My fee is $150 per 50-minute session. I do have a few spots available for sliding scale fee based on household income. If you are unable to afford my full fee, please inquire about this option when you contact me.
I am an out-of-network provider. Clients must self-pay, which helps ensure client confidentiality and provides greater flexibility in our work together. If you have a PPO, I can provide a statement for insurance reimbursement to submit to your insurance company. I recommend calling your insurance to find out whether they will offer reimbursement for an out-of-network provider. If you are looking for an in-network provider, you may contact your insurance company to obtain a list of providers or search via www.psychologytoday.com
What can I expect from therapy with you?
I take a collaborative and holistic approach to therapy. You can expect me to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment for you to explore your concerns. Every therapy session is unique, and your experience will be customized to meet your needs. Together, we will discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and determine your goals. Building on your strengths and resources, we will work together to create growth and bring about change. When working with clients, I seek to provide understanding, validation, support, and new strategies for handling life's challenges.
How is therapy structured?
Depending on the situation, therapy can either be short or long-term. There is not a definitive number of sessions required to complete treatment. Therapy can end when you meet your goals or at any time. Typically, therapy sessions occur weekly and last 50 minutes in length.
I'd like to work with you. How do I become a client?
I am so happy to hear that you are interested in working together! The therapeutic relationship is an important agent of change. While I enjoy working with a wide range of clients, it's also important to make sure that I would be a good fit for you and your unique treatment goals. First, I recommend contacting me to set up a time to talk. We will then set up a brief phone appointment to discuss what you are hoping to accomplish in therapy and we can make sure that my experience and approach would be a good fit for you.
Is therapy confidential?
Therapy is dependent on trust in the relationship between therapist and client. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of this relationship and helps create a safe and private environment that allows for vulnerability. What you share in therapy will be kept confidential. However, I am required by law to report to the appropriate officials cases of abuse, neglect; exploitation of a child, elder, or disabled person; or if I think you are a physical threat to yourself or to someone else.
You are a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Can you help me understand your degree and training?
As a LMFT, I was trained to work with individuals, couple, and families. My education included training in psychotherapy and family systems. I understand my client and the presenting issues in the context of relational interactions. When discussing concerns, I consider the multiple contexts we encounter (family members, friends, the workplace, society, etc.).
What therapy models do you utilize?
I utilize an integrative and holistic approach, meaning I meet with clients and tailor my approach to their presenting concerns. I draw from evidence-based practices and often include interventions from the following: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT); Mindfulness-Based practices (MBSR); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Narrative Therapy; Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT); and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Due to COVID, I am not meeting with clients in-person. I offer live video sessions using a secure HIPAA compliant platform called Simple Practice. Some benefits of telehealth are convenience, accessibility, and flexibility in scheduling.
Phone: (850) 270-8244