How long are sessions?
Sessions are 50 minutes. If you feel you need a longer session, this can be discussed at our first meeting and will be determined on a case by case basis.
How much do you charge?
I charge $100 for individuals and $120 for couples and families. I accept cash, check, and most major credit cards. I have a very limited number of reduced fee slots for those who qualify.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance, however I can provide you a statement of services upon request, which can sometimes be submitted for reimbursement to some insurance companies.
What can I expect from therapy?
Beginning therapy can sometimes be an intimidating or scary step to take. I approach my clients with an open, non-judgmental attitude and understand how uncomfortable it can be to talk about difficult topics with a stranger. When you first arrive, I will have some brief paperwork for you to fill out. The first couple of sessions will be mostly spent talking about what brought you into therapy, gathering history, building rapport, and planning treatment goals. I do a lot more listening and less talking at the beginning. After these initial sessions, we will work more on your presenting problem, reducing symptoms, developing tools, and working on personal growth. I adapt my style and techniques to fit your needs, but I primarily work from a client-centered, humanistic framework. I want us to have a good working relationship, so I welcome questions and feedback about the process at any time!
How long will therapy last?
The length of therapy is different for everyone. It mostly depends on the complexity of your presenting problem, your commitment to the process and work involved in therapy, and what you are looking for in terms of support.
How often would/should I see you?
I typically recommend weekly sessions to maximize the full benefits of therapeutic work. We can decide together, based on your situation, what will work best for you.
What kind of education/experience do you have?
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – California State University, Sacramento (2002)
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – California State University, Sacramento (2011)
Over the course of my education and training, I received over 3000 hours of supervised experience as a trainee and intern before becoming licensed in 2016.
Having been trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, my way of looking at mental health comes from a systems point of view, which means that I believe no one is an island and we all are a product of our interactions and relationships with others in our lives.
I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions and young adults.
Are our sessions kept confidential?
Yes, the information shared with me in our sessions is protected by legal and ethical standards and I would not share any information about our sessions without your written consent. There are a few instances where I would be mandated by law to break confidentiality. These include suspected child abuse and/or neglect and elder (65 years of age or older) or dependent adult abuse and/or neglect, or if a client tells me they have plans to fatally hurt themselves or someone else. If we saw each other in public, I would not approach you, to protect your confidentiality. All of this would be discussed further in counseling.