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Frequently Asked Questions

How are you handling COVID-19?

I have been seeing clients through telehealth (video or phone session) since California's shelter-in-place order was issued on March 19, 2020. I plan to continue with telehealth until there is no longer any health risks to resume in-person sessions. Although it is not the conventional way of psychotherapy, telehealth eases the anxiety of having to go into an enclosed office space, wearing masks for an extended period of time, which limits the ability for us to see each other's facial expressions. This limitation is a major component of the therapeutic process; thus, making it not ideal to conduct in person sessions for now. I use a secure, HIPAA compliant video call platform.

What can I expect from the first session?
How long is a session?
How often do we meet?
How long will I be in therapy?

There is no standard answer to this question. The length of therapy depends on your reason for coming into therapy and what your goals are. For some, they are looking to find relief to their symptoms and decide to leave once they achieve such goals and come back once a new issue arises. While others find that they can benefit from ongoing personal growth and see therapy more as a lifelong process of self-actualization and becoming their authentic selves. Whatever your reason and intent is, I hope to be on this journey of healing with you.

I've tried counseling before and little changed so what makes you different from other therapists? 

This is a very valid question. I can probably write out a list of my credentials and various reasons why I may be different or even better than your previous experiences but I’m not sure it will be convincing enough. The truth is, the most healing aspect of therapy lies within the relationship between therapist and client. And that is difficult to put into words. It is far more important for you to get a feel of what it would be like to work together and trust your intuitive knowing.

 

What I can tell you is that my research training and background has taught me the value of using empirically validated approaches with my clients so that I know the techniques I employ actually work. I focus on what your needs and goals are in therapy and commit to meeting you wherever you are at and however you choose to show up. I do not operate from an expert stance. Rather, I view this process as a journey to your soul’s work – which can be deeply transformative and profound if you allow yourself to be vulnerable – and of which I feel genuinely privileged to be a part.

What is your educational and training background?
What is your fee and do you take insurance?

I am currently accepting clients with Aetna and MHN (HealthNet) insurances and private pay. Please check with your insurance plan to ensure that I am an in-network provider. For all other insurance companies, I am considered an Out of Network provider and can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement.

My out of pocket rate is $175 per 50-minute session.

Do you provide Good Faith Estimates?

The federal "No Surprises Act" grants clients the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate that shows how much mental health services will cost. Under the law, healthcare providers, including psychotherapists, must give clients who don't have insurance or who chooses to not use their insurance an estimate of the expected charges for treatment services.

 

Click here for a Good Faith Estimate. For additional questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises/