FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you take my insurance?
I only accept Kaiser Permanente. For all others, I am out of network. If you have a PPO, I can provide you with a superbill. If you are a Healthnet/MHN Medi-Cal member, you can see any of my associates in my group practice LBC Wellness.
Do you work with kids?
I love kids! But due to covid, I am telehealth only. This means no more sitting on the floor with young children and doing play therapy. Very young children simply can't do virtual sessions and really require in-person sessions. As a result, I no longer work with children under 12-years-old. Please note that if I take your child on, their sessions will remain confidential. I'll only communicate with parents if the adolescent/teen is a risk to self or others. Parents must be very clear of this confidentiality before putting their teenager into treatment. Importantly, I do not work with adolescents/teens who engage in self-harming behavior, those who express suicidal ideation frequently, or any child/family with an open DCFS case.
What are your rates?
My 50-min session fee is as follows: $140 individual, $160 for couples or families. EMDR sessions are for individuals only and each 50-min session is $150. No EMDR sessions currently due to Covid. Emergency sessions on Sat/Sun are $175 per 50-min session and my availability cannot be guaranteed. If you will be going through insurance, please contact your insurance company for co-pay information and benefits. No sliding scale provided.
What are your hours?
Mon through Fri: 10 am - 4 pm. If you need sessions beyond 5 pm or looking for weekend availability, your search for a therapist continues.
When will you start taking new clients?
If I am currently not accepting clients, I will update both my homepage and voicemail to reflect when that changes.
Can you help me?
I hope so. It's what I aim to do. But with that being said, therapy is an interactive process that involves your ongoing participation. It's a process you have to trust, to continuously work at and not be resistant to. It requires you being active in your treatment. I give you the tools in the session; you use those tools in the real world. Therapy will only work if you are willing and motivated to help yourself.
Will you work with my issue?
Depends. Please know that I do not work with clients with the following issues: major depressive disorder, suicidality, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorder, current substance abuse disorder, or clients with less than one year of sobriety. I also won't take on couples who have domestic violence issues or couples who are trying couples therapy as their very last option.
How long will therapy take?
This is a question that cannot be answered with any finite date. I cannot say 6 sessions, or 6 months. Therapy, healing, growth all happen at different speeds for different people who come in for different issues. My ongoing goal for all clients is to get you out of therapy, not keep you in it. If you do the homework I give you, you will be more successful in therapy. With that being said, I do not believe in life-long therapy. I believe successful treatment is when we resolve your initial issue(s) and any other issues that arise during treatment and you are able to cope well outside of therapy using the skills you learned. I want you to become empowered by me, not dependent on me.
What kind of homework do you give?
I am different from the majority of therapists in that I am more involved in my clients' treatment. I give homework at the end of each session that's specifically tailored for each individual client or couple to teach and reinforce healthier behaviors in order to avoid using former behaviors that have been unsuccessful, unhealthy, or damaging.
Why not depression?
Let me differentiate between normal sadness we all feel from time to time and major depressive disorder. Sadness that occurs due to a trigger (like the loss of a pet, a break up, an outside circumstance) is not the same as clinical depression. The depressed client that I am talking about is a client who has a hard time getting out of bed everyday, a hard time cooking, bathing, enjoying things... a client who feels hopeless and helpless the vast majority of days with no trigger, or a client who often has suicidal ideation or near-daily crying spells. These individuals generally have a hard time performing basic activities of daily living, and therefore, often struggle doing the homework from our sessions. For this reason, me and that type of client would not make a good fit for one another.