Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know it's time to see a therapist?

You have come to my web page in search of something. Whether a person close to you recommended that you look into therapy. Or you have been experiencing a difference in yourself or seen a difference in your teenager. Something has brought you here and you can ask yourself a few questions to determine if you are ready.  

Is there a persistent issue or a sense of emotions you have had for a while? Have these problems and feelings started to impact your daily functioning, such as; sleep, relationships, motivation, etc.? Is there something that you want to change in yourself or your life? Are you tired of having the same conversation about something over and over in your head or with your friends, yet nothing seems to change? Does the issue feel too big to tackle by yourself, or you do not know how to tackle it? Are you tired of feeling the way you have been feeling? Are you finally ready to do something about it? 

If the answer is "yes" to any of these's time.

If you are still unsure, ask yourself this. If you had a stomach or head ache for a month, would you go to a doctor? Look at therapy the same way. Your mind is having a negative reaction to something just as a stomachache would to a physical aliment. It’s okay to get help to get rid of the emotional ache just as you would a doctor for that chronic stomachache. 

Why do I need a therapist? Why can’t I just talk to friends or family?

Family and friends can give great advice, but at times great advice is not enough. If it was, then you probably wouldn’t be reading this. Therapists are professionally trained to give you more than just great advice. We are trained to help you learn new skills, grow, heal and change. We also have the ability to offer a different set of advice and guidance that those close to you can. A therapist can provide your teen with a safe place to talk in ways they don’t want to talk to their parents. We are dedicated to helping you find the answers you need and connecting to what is right for you.

Can therapy really help me?

Yes! Therapy can help anybody and everybody. People will usually feel a sense of relief even at the first session. Therapy gives you the space to say whatever you need to without the pressure of judgement and with the confidence that what you say does not leave the room. Imagine talking to your best friend while getting tips and clarity without being worried of bias or judgment. Then top it off with being given proven tools that can fill missing pieces and gives you healing. 

I have seen therapy help clients with everything from test anxiety to severe childhood trauma. No matter what the case is therapy can help you heal, be happier and be in control of your life.

How long do I have to be in therapy?

There is no right or wrong answer. Some people will come to therapy for only a couple of sessions, some client's I have seen for a couple of years. It is not uncommon for clients to have weekly sessions for some time and then decrease to biweekly or monthly sessions. Clients may also want a "tune up" at times. This is when they may have had therapy years prior but are feeling they need a touch up. 

How is therapy private and confidential?

By law I am bound to protect your confidentiality. The exceptions to this are related to child or elder abuse, a threat to harm another person or if you are in danger of self-harm. Client's may opt to sign a release of information for me to disclose information to family members, spouse, etc. This is at your full discretion and you set the guidelines on what is or isn't disclosed. These can also be terminated at any time. If you want to use a third-party payer to pay for therapy it will be necessary to provide the information required by your insurance company which will likely include a diagnosis. If this is the case, I will discuss with you what is disclosed to an insurer and we will make a choice together. 

When working with teenagers I maintain the same level of confidentiality. Parents are informed of needed information of your child's session. I maintain open communication with teenage clients on what I would like to disclose to parents to build a collaborative and trusting relationship. 

If you have questions about limits of confidentiality or privacy, just ask. 

Do you take insurance?

I am a preferred provider for Anthem Blue Cross. If this is your insurance panel, in most cases you will only be responsible for your co pay amount. It is recommended that you contact Anthem to confirm your benefits, deductible and co payment amount. 

I am not currently a preferred provider for any other insurance panels, which means I am an out of network provider. If you want to use your insurance you will need to contact your insurance company before our first session and ask them how much they reimburse you if you choose to see an out-of-Network provider. I will give you a “superbill” for your sessions that will have all the required information an insurance company requires. You submit the statement/bill directly to your company. When the reimbursement check comes, it goes to you, not to me.

If you have been a victim of a crime the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) can help pay bills and expenses that are the direct result of a violent crime. This includes therapy for you or your family. Please contact them to obtain an authorization number and I will be able to directly bill them for services. 

What do your credentials mean?

 I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC). With my education and experience I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more satisfying and productive lives. The licensure does not mean one can only treat married couples or a certain types of clients. Most therapists will specialize in certain populations, types of treatments and struggles that they find passion in. As well as those they have received additional training in. LMFT’s and LPCC’s are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners licensed by the State of California. Requirements for licensure include a related doctoral or two-year master's degree, passage of a comprehensive examinations and at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience.