• What are the benefits of counseling services?

    Counseling sessions offer plenty of benefits. Counseling helps to improve the lives of many people struggling with mental health issues, from stress and anger to complicated relationships. A therapist utilizes extensive training and education in the field of mental health to assist clients with living their best life. When looking for a therapist, finding the best fit for you will be crucial in the way counseling works for you. This is why I offer a free 20-minute consultation to determine if my experience and approach are a good fit for your needs. 

  • How can therapy help me?

    Therapy provides you with a safe and empowering environment to explore the things that hinder you from living your best life. Therapists can provide you with a fresh perspective on situations, assist you with gaining insight and awareness into your own circumstances, and improve your overall satisfaction in life. Whether it is through processing difficult experiences or learning new coping and communication skills, therapy can assist you in discovering new ways of finding meaning and knowing yourself better.

    However, the most important factor when considering how therapy can help will depend on how you take advantage of the process and put into practice the tools and skills you learn in sessions. 

  • What is a typical therapy appointment?

    Appointments usually last about 45-50 minutes. The sessions are held once per week on average, depending on your special situation. You should attend the sessions regularly, come on time, and cancel only in urgent cases.

  • Who will know about me receiving services?

    Your involvement in counseling services, including attendance, are confidential. The therapeutic setting requires trust, and maintaining your privacy is key in developing and maintaining that trust. What you share in sessions, stays in sessions. The only times we can breach confidentiality according to HIPAA and California State Law are:
    When you provide a written release of information that specifies what is to be shared and with whom.
    When a court order is given by a judge to obtain records for legal reasons.
    When a mandated report is required (such as danger to self, danger to others, child abuse, elder abuse, and dependent adult abuse).

    If you chose to use insurance for your sessions, your insurance provider will also have access to your information. However, they are under the same HIPAA and privacy regulations as I am. 

  • How frequently are sessions scheduled?

    During our initial consultation, we'll discuss the schedule that fits your needs the best. Typically, we'll set up a specific date and time to meet once each week or every other week. Based on your treatment, a higher frequency of sessions may be offered.

  • How many sessions are provided?

    As many sessions as are needed for you based on your goals and treatment needs. Treatment can last anywhere from 6-8 sessions or longer-term support planned regularly over a few years. We continue with therapy as long as it makes sense. This is discussed between you and me throughout our time together to ensure therapy is helping you and not hindering you. 

  • What about medications?

    When treating mental health, the research shows that medication alone cannot provide a long-term solution. When deciding whether or not to take medication, you need to consult with your doctor to discuss the costs and benefits of medication. In therapy, and with your permission, I will work in conjunction with your psychiatrist or medical doctor to ensure an integrative approach to your own wellness. 
    PLEASE NOTE: As an LMFT, I am not able to prescribe medications. If you are seeking medications for mental health related concerns, you will need to see a psychiatrist or a medical doctor. 

  • What do I talk about?

    Anything. Literally, anything. Whether it is work stress, family drama, or unresolved childhood trauma, counseling can help. 

  • What is online therapy?

    Online therapy, also known as Telehealth, is the provision of therapeutic services via video chat or phone call. Online therapy allows for more access to counseling services to those who would otherwise struggle with attending in-office appointments. Online therapy can address most counseling issues and can also be combined with in-office therapy. The programs utilized for online therapy are HIPAA compliant and encrypted in order to maintain your confidentiality and privacy.

    Online therapy is not appropriate for everyone. Those who are in crisis, contemplating suicide, and struggling with extremely upsetting circumstances would not be best supported by online therapy and should seek out an in-office clinician. 

  • How much does it cost?

    Therapy requires an investment in time, energy, and money. I charge $130-$150 per session based on the needs of the client. I also provide income-based sliding scale options for those who struggle with finances. I offer special rates for first responders, military, and their families. 
    The fees charged cover peripheral services for clients, including phone calls, texts, emails, support letters, research, consultations, and referrals as necessary. These services also help to ensure your treatment is tailored to your specific needs. 

  • What about my insurance or EAP?

    There are pros and cons to utilizing insurance, which can be discussed during your free 20-minute consultation. One of the primary focuses with health insurance is that the patient meets medical necessity, which means they will only cover certain mental health diagnoses. This can impact your insurance's reimbursement of services. You are responsible for costs not covered by your insurance.  
    If you have a PPO plan, your insurance may be able to reimburse you for the sessions as an out-of-network provider cost. I can provide you with the proof of service to assist you with your reimbursement. 
    When considering using your insurance for services, you should always begin by contacting your provider and asking the following questions:              What are my mental health benefits?              What is the coverage amount per therapy session?              How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?              How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?              Is approval required from my primary care physician?
    I do not accept EAP for several reasons and I am happy to discuss this further with you. 

  • If I am in therapy, it means I am not "fit for duty", right?

    False. I do not provide services regarding "fitness for duty". My client is the responder or military service member, NOT the department. I am not allowed to report any information to your employer because of client confidentiality. Therefore, no information will be shared with the department. First responders and military who receive therapy are often full duty.