FAQs about Therapy
What are your qualifications?
I am licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist & a Professional Clinical Counselor. I earned my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. I have an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Psychology from Prescott College.
What is the best way to reach you?
Via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
How much does therapy cost?
My fee is $150 per 50-minute session and $225 per 80-minute session.
For individuals, a 50-minute appointment is standard. For couples or families an 80-minute appointment may be needed.
What is a Good Faith Estimate (GFE)?
Under the law, you have the right to receive a GFE explaining the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a GFE before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your GFE, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your GFE. For more information about your right to a GFE, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call (800) 985-3059.
Do you offer a sliding scale fee?
Yes. Please inquire about limited spots for reduced fee clients if needed.
What are you hours?
I typically work Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy is therapy provided by secure video connection. We are able to meet via live video connection. You are able to participate in therapy from any private location with internet connection.
How often would we meet?
I find it best to begin by meeting once a week. There are times that clients need additional support and we can meet twice a week. Once clients feel close to their goals we often begin meeting once a month or on an as-needed basis.
How long are people usually in therapy?
The length of time in therapy depends on a person’s goals and progress towards those goals. There are no guarantees regarding outcome or timeline. I have had clients feel that they have achieved what they set out to achieve in eight or ten sessions. While other times people want or need to continue therapy for a year or more. When someone decides to stop regular sessions, I often offer an open-door-policy so that they can call and schedule an appointment at any time in the future.
What if I change my mind about wanting therapy?
The only commitment in therapy is to yourself. I do ask that you give at least a 24-hour notice when canceling sessions, but there is no contract about being in therapy for any length of time.
I’ve never done therapy. How does it work?
Therapy is a process of expressing our thoughts, feeling and emotions. When we feel seen and heard, without critical judgment, it helps us to feel better about ourselves. We can gain insight into our lives by talking things through with a professional therapist. Once we feel accepted for who we are it often enables us to make changes. Therapy offers many skills and resources that will help you create the change that you are wanting.
Will therapy still work if somebody doesn’t want to be there?
It definitely can. Sometimes people come to therapy because others in their life encourage them to seek help. They may not believe that they need help, or they may disagree about what the problem is and who is responsible. My job is to get to know my clients so that I can understand their experience. I use a non-judgmental and empathic approach that supports people in reflecting on their thoughts, feelings and behavior without being confrontational. Often, people’s defenses lower when they feel accepted.
Are you able to help my child if they won’t talk about what's bothering them?
Great question! I have many creative, fun and gentle techniques that I utilize when working with clients who don’t want to talk or don’t have the words to express themselves. We don’t have to talk for a therapy session to be effective. Clients can process their thoughts and emotions through music, therapeutic games, art, stories, and play.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you have.