FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you take my insurance?
I accept Kaiser Permanente, Healthnet/MHN, and only Medi-Cal patients whose mental health benefits are managed by Healthnet/MHN. I don't accept ANY other Medi-Cal plan. For all others, I am out of network. If you have a PPO, I can provide you with a superbill.
Can you see my child?
I would love to work with your child as long as they are at least 5 years old. I will communicate progress/setbacks with parents of children 5 through 12 years old. If you are inquiring about therapy for a child that is 13 years or older, please know that their sessions, unlike the sessions of a younger child, will be confidential only to them. I will only communicate with parents if the teenager is a risk to self/others, but beyond that, there will be no discussion of our sessions. The truth is, teenagers are likely going to talk about you as the parent, and if they wanted you to know what they thought, they would tell you. Parents must be very clear of this confidentiality before putting their teenager into treatment. I understand this is hard for many parents and a dealbreaker for some.
What are your rates?
My 50-min session fee is as follows: $140 individual, $180 for couples or families. EMDR sessions are for individuals only and each 50-min session is $160. Emergency sessions on Sat/Sun are $200 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. Sliding scale provided.
What are your hours?
Typically, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.
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 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 disorders, couples involved in domestic violence, current substance abuse disorders, or eating disorders. Unfortunately, I am also unable to take on 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.
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, or a break up) 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.