Many clients have questions when they begin the process of looking for a therapist. Below you will find answers to some of those questions. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact ME.

Q. What does a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist do?

A. Marriage and Family Therapists work with individuals, couples, children, families, and groups with a wide range of issues including relationship troubles, anxiety or depression, mental disorders, family difficulties, addictions, and many other concerns. They help you arrive at solutions that best fit your needs and your lifestyle.

Q. What are some of the issues that people come to therapy to address?

A. There are a variety of issues for which people seek help, including those mentioned above. Other issues that might bring one into therapy are grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), co-dependency, abuse, divorce/blended family issues, pregnancy difficulties/loss, adjustment to life transitions, or general life dissatisfaction. I have a breadth of experience in working with all of these issues.

Q. How do I know if therapy would be helpful for me?

A. If you’ve considered seeking professional help, then most likely the time is right! There’s no better way to know if counseling can be helpful than to consult with a therapist about your needs. I will be happy to offer you a phone consultation to determine how I can help you bring about the changes that you’re looking for.

Q. What can I expect from a typical session?

A. Most sessions are 50-60 minutes in length, but can be longer if needed. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing, giving you a place to come that is free of judgment. My work with you involves creating an open, accepting environment where we will have confidential, in-depth discussions. We’ll focus on the challenges that bring you to counseling, and I will draw from different therapeutic approaches in creating a plan to help you resolve your difficulties and reach your desired goals. You can begin to discover that your inner resources and strengths can lead to the development of new ways of behaving, relating, and experiencing your life.

Q. What options do I have with regards to covering the cost of therapy with you?

A. I provide therapy on a fee-for-service basis. My current rate is $165 per session. Although I do not presently accept insurance as direct payment for services, I am happy to complete claim forms if you qualify to be reimbursed by your insurance company. Additionally, I can offer referrals to experienced colleagues who may accept your insurance, or help you locate services that are either free or require a small fee. Although it can be difficult to make the financial commitment to therapy, it is truly a valuable investment in yourself and your future.  For your convenience, I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.  Additionally, you can pay for services using funds from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Q. How can I set up a consultation with you?

A. You can contact me either by filling out the brief form below or by calling or texting me at (916) 302-1042. Although I would like to personally answer all phone calls, don’t be discouraged if you reach my confidential voice mail. I will return your call as soon as possible to consult with you on your needs. I look forward to talking with you!

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