- How often do people go to therapy?
People usually participate in therapy on a weekly basis, with an appointment set for the same day and time each week. Other arrangements can be made for individual circumstances.
- How long do sessions last, and how much does it cost?
Sessions are 50 minutes in length. I offer competitive rates for psychotherapy in the Bay area. I am happy to discuss specifics during our initial phone call.
- Do you accept insurance?
For reasons of privacy, I do not bill insurance directly. However, I can provide you with a monthly statement to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please call your insurance provider with questions about coverage and reimbursement rates.
- What is your cancellation policy?
My cancellation policy is 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged your full session fee.
- Are my sessions private?
I respect client's confidentiality, and maintain the privacy of our sessions, unless requested by you in writing to do otherwise. Other exceptions to this confidentiality policy include legal obligations to disclose client information if the client is an imminent danger to her/himself or others, if child, elderly, or dependent adult abuse is suspected, or if subpoenaed by a court of law.
- What can I expect during my initial session?
During an initial session, I will gather important information for use in our work together. We will discuss your reasons for seeking treatment, changes that you would like to make in your life, and what is getting in the way of your success, happiness, and well-being. We will begin exploring your family history, relationships, career, etc. We will also begin to formulate some goals for our time together. By the end of the first session, each of us will have some sense of what it's like to work together. If we are unable to work together for any reason, I will provide appropriate referrals to other professionals.
- How long does therapy usually take?
The length of treatment depends on your individual goals and needs. After learning more about you and your reasons for seeking treatment, I may be able to provide you with a better idea of how long the therapy process will take. You may end therapy at any time. It is always your choice.
- What exactly is an MFT?
An MFT is a California state license for Marriage and Family Therapist. MFT's are psychotherapists who are trained to assess and treat a variety of issues to help clients achieve more satisfying and productive relationships and social adjustment. They work with children, adolescents, adults and older adults in times of life transition and crisis, and when clients want to learn new skills or make changes in their life.
- How do you work?
I provide a safe, supportive environment where we work in collaboration to address your needs so you can get where you want to be in life. I utilize a variety of clinical tools to assist clients in exploring challenges and creating a more satisfying and balanced life.
- What issues do you work with?
I have experience working with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, life changes, child behavioral issues, trauma, parenting, relationship issues, etc. Please inquire if you have questions about my ability to help with a particular issue. If I do not have adequate experience with your individual needs, I can provide referrals to more appropriate providers.
- How do I know if a therapist is right for me?
Many factors are considered when determining whether or not a certain therapist is a good fit for you. You want to feel comfortable with your therapist. You want to feel heard and understood. And, you want to have a clear sense that they can help you. Feel free to ask your therapist any question that will help you decide whether or not to enter into treatment with them. If we are unable to work together for any reason, I will provide more appropriate referrals.