Questions and answers about therapy.
Frequently asked questions
Do you offer A free consultation?
I do offer an initial free 15-minute phone consultation. This is a chance for me to get a sense of what kind of support you need and to see if my services are a good fit for your goals. It is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you might have. If we are a good fit for each other, we would then schedule an intake session in which I would do a more in depth assessment of your history, needs and goals.
To set up a phone consultation you can contact me via email or phone. firstname.lastname@example.org. 415-763-7728.
Or you can instantly book a consultation via my online consultation calendar. I will give you a call at the phone number your provide at the time scheduled.
What Happens During Our First Session?
Our first session would be a 50-minute intake session. It's a chance for me to get a more detailed sense of what kind of support you are needing and what goals you have for therapy. I will also ask you questions about yourself, your therapeutic and medical history, as well as a little about your family and relationship history. This information will help me get a more holistic understanding on how to tailor therapy to fit your needs, goals, and personality. The intake session is also a chance for you to ask me any questions you might have.
If we find we are a good fit, we would schedule a consistent time in which to meet every week.
What are your fees?
Please contact me for my current fees.
I accept cash, check, credit card, debit card, Health Savings accounts, and Flexible Spending accounts.
How do I know We are a good Match?
We are probably a good match if you feel safe to be yourself with me, you find our explorations engaging, and that I can empathize with you and what you are going through. A good sign that our work together is helping is that you are experiencing some relief, insight, and positive changes as a result.
how OFTEN DO I NEED TO COME TO THERAPY?
I offer my clients weekly sessions at a set time every week. This is quite common for most psychotherapy. Meeting weekly has been proven to be an effective time interval to be able to develop a safe relationship with a therapist and to also practice new perceptions, behaviors and new ways of expressing and processing feelings. Our brain in a way acts like a muscle, the more often we practice new patterns of thinking and new ways of being, the easier and more automatic these will become for us. If we wait too long between sessions, it is much easier for us to revert back to old patterns and the change we crave is harder to embody.
Also, having a regular time each week can create a sense of stability when one is going through transitions or challenging times which in itself contributes to positive change and healing.
how long does therapy last?
Each person coming into therapy is unique in so many ways and each person's goals and needs are also highly personal. Therefore, it is hard to say from the beginning how long therapy will last. In our therapy together I check in periodically to assess how therapy is helping and to address your various needs.
what is your cancellation Policy?
Meeting consistently is crucial for therapy to be successful.
More than 48-hour notice is required to cancel a session (you can text, email, or call to notify me). Otherwise, you will be charged the full fee for the time reserved for you even if you opt to re-schedule.
Do you offer video Sessions?
I do offer tele-medicine (video chat sessions like Skype) to people who reside in California. Contact me for more information.
Do You Take Insurance?
I don't take insurance at this time for or a few of the following reasons:
I would have to give you a mental disorder diagnosis that would go on your permanent medical record. This doesn't necessarily fit everyone needing therapy. Second, currently most insurance panels follow a short-term medical model on psychotherapy, which usually only addresses the cognitive level. There is now extensive research (and it is also my professional and personal experience) that a holistic, integrative approach to therapy is most effective for long-lasting change as opposed to only working on the symptom. I work not only on the level of the mind but also on the levels of body, emotions, culture, past history, spiritual/existential experience. And lastly, being part of an insurance panel would mean that someone we don't know at the insurance company would have access to your records so that they can assess whether or not to approve further sessions. To me confidentiality is paramount.
However, more and more health insurance companies are now partially reimbursing out-of-network psychotherapy. I would be more than happy to provide you with a receipt of payment of our sessions for you to submit to your insurance company if you choose to do so. And also please note, I do accept Health Savings Accounts.