What is therapy?

Therapy is when you decide you want assistance with changing or achieving something in your life. You might feel like you’re struggling, or just need help with something that you can’t seem to figure out. You desire growth and learning, and you need somebody who isn’t pressuring you in any way and isn’t invested in making you decide something for his or her benefit. You need someone to help YOU get clear on YOU.

Talking with a therapist can help you do just that. Therapists are helpers, and we strive to assist other human beings in creating a more satisfying and joyful life. We help by teaching better ways to cope with the harshness of life, and how to surf the waves, rather than being overtaken by them.

Can I be seen immediately?

Usually yes. If you feel you need to be seen immediately and I cannot give you an immediate appointment, I can provide you with contact information for other resources of affordable mental health care in the local area.

What is the fee?

Avg. Cost (per 50 minute session): $80-150

Sliding scale fees are currently available on a limited basis. The fee is set based on need, income and other financial resources, which will be determined before or during our initial session. The fee is something that can be talked about openly and I encourage an atmosphere of open communication.

Contact Me  to discuss the initial fee before the first session

Do you take insurance?

It depends on your policy with insurance provider. I can provide you with a monthly receipt to submit to your insurance provider. Below is a helpful list of questions to ask of your insurance company to find out what kind of coverage you have.

Questions to ask your insurance company before beginning therapy

  1. Does my policy include a mental health benefit?
  2. Does my policy cover out-of-network therapists? If I use a practitioner who is not part of your network, do you provide any coverage? Are there any additional out-of-pocket costs?
  3. If yes: Does my policy cover: Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Interns?
  4. If yes: How much will my policy pay for a 50-minute psychotherapy session?
  5. How much psychotherapy is covered per year? Are there any dollar or calendar limits to my coverage?
  6. Is my mental health deductible part of, or separate from, my medical deductible?
  7. What is my yearly mental health and/or medical deductible?
  8. How much of my deductible have I met this year?
  9. Can I pay my therapist out-of-pocket and submit my session receipts for reimbursement?
    1. 9a. If yes: To whom should I mail or fax the receipts?
    2. 9b. Once I mail in a receipt, how long before I receive a reimbursement?
  10. Do you require pre-approval or pre-certification of sessions?
  11. If yes: Who must obtain the pre-approval or pre-certification? Myself? My Therapist? Either?
  12. Can this be done over the phone? If not, what is the procedure?
  13. How many sessions will likely be pre-approved at a time?
  14. Who should be contacted to authorize the pre-approval?
  15. Is there anything else I should know?

What are your credentials?

I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #104474 through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). I have been practicing since 2012. I completed a Master of Arts degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
My Clinical Areas of Interest are:

  • Providing tools to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Developing clarity on life values, challenges, and opportunities for healing and change
  • Creating more mindful awareness of personal patterns, relational dynamics, somatic experiences
  • Working with past trauma or painful experiences
  • Confronting negative self-judgments and increasing self-esteem
  • Personal growth work related to intuitive development, consciousness evolution, and global ascension
  • Psychospiritual Integration
  • Women’s Issues
  • Asian American Issues

 How long will therapy take?

Here’s the truth: It all depends on you.

The duration of counseling depends on what you’re needing help with and what you’re seeking to change. If you want to work on simpler issues, such as learning problem-solving skills for specific areas in your life, then brief-therapy ranging from 3-6 months could work for you. If it’s a more complex issue, such as trauma or childhood abuse, and you’re seeking deep characterological change, then long-term therapy is recommended for you to get the kind of results you’re looking for.

Also, don’t forget that you always have the choice to leave at any time if something isn’t going right. This is your life–your time, your money, your effort–and you have the right to say if something isn’t working for you, or you’d like something to be different about the work you’re doing. For anyone worried about voicing your unhappiness, I highly encourage you to challenge yourself to take a risk and speak what is true for you. Your therapist should always engender a safe atmosphere that is open and receptive to feedback. It would be of no use to either party to continue on a route that is not conducive to your overall progress, and thus it is very important that the goals and objectives of counseling are tailored to you as an individual.