The primary path for psychotherapy is through individual sessions. These sessions are held in a confidential setting to instill your privacy. Typical individual sessions are 50 minutes in length. Most client's maintain weekly sessions until their needs are met, however any client can request the frequency of sessions that fits their needs the best. I believe in allowing the client to set the tone and purpose of their individual sessions. Therapy and counseling goals will be discussed during your first session and we will build a path together. Goals can range from building coping skills to manage your symptoms to working on deeper inner self growth, trauma work, personal development and living a stress free life.
If you haven't already, please check out the "all about therapy" section on the home page to understand more about the process of therapy.
I am currently only able to offer individual sessions through teletherapy. Teletherapy is held through a HIPPA compliant and confidential video conferencing system. In certain cases we can also hold sessions via phone call. Throughout the pandemic, teletherapy has been found to be just as effective as in person therapy. There are additional benefits such as a convenient alternative for those who live out of the area, have limited availability for appointments or in general feel more comfortable with this style.
The rate per 50 minute session is $120. Extended or double sessions are available upon request and are pro-rated at the same rate. Sliding scales rates are offered on a limited basis upon request and as available and based upon need.
All client billing and scheduling is maintained through an online client portal that you will receive access once you are scheduled for your first appointment. In the portal you will be able to complete and share documents, upload your insurance and billing information.
I am a preferred provider for Anthem Blue Cross and am considered "out of network" for all other private insurance carriers at this time. It is recommended that all clients call their insurance prior to establishing as a client to verify your benefits and reimbursement coverage. Those requesting therapy to be processed through private insurance except Anthem must pay up front and await reimbursement from their insurance provider. A Superbill can be provided that includes all necessary billing codes and information for clients to easily submit to your insurance for reimbursement. I am able to bill and receive payments for clients that have been approved under California's Victim Compensation coverage (aka Victim Witness).
Brief (half-hour) consultation sessions can be provided upon request to ask questions prior to establishing as a client.
PO Box 1373 Seaside, CA 93955
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Please note that I am not able to accept any new clients at this time and am no longer located in the Monterey area. If you are a previous client, please use the contact form to get in touch.