Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my appointment be?
Once scheduled, we'll meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes. The weekly frequency of therapy is found to be optimal, but more or less frequent sessions are available depending on clinical need.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Please cancel your session or inquire about rescheduling at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled session start time in order to avoid being charged the full session fee.
Do you offer in-person sessions?
Currently, I'm exclusively offering video or phone telehealth sessions for residents of California. For video sessions, we'll use a HIPAA-compliant web-based video program called SimplePractice and you'll be emailed the link for our session prior to our meeting time. You won't need to download anything unless you're using a phone or tablet. It's simple to log in and more convenient than commuting to an office.
Why do I have to be in California if we're meeting virtually?
With virtual sessions, it seems like where you are shouldn't matter. But due to state licensure limitations, I'm unable to serve anyone who isn't a California resident, or a California resident who is out of state for an extended period of time. Some states may allow temporary or long-term exemptions to this, so when you reach out to connect about therapy, let me know which state you're currently located in and if you're a resident there. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Do you take insurance?
I'm currently not an in-network provider but I'm more than happy to provide superbills for reimbursement. Reimbursement for out-of-network service is determined by your specific coverage so it's best to contact your insurance company for more information.
What are your session fees?
My current fee is $190 per session.
I have limited low-fee spots available for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who may be experiencing financial hardship. Please inquire about availability prior to the start of therapy if you're interested in utilizing one of those spots.
What should I expect from our first session?
Our first session gives us an opportunity to decide if we're the right fit for each other. In that session I'll review some foundational details about therapy and my approach to it, and ask a bit about your background as well as what's bringing you to therapy. I'll be happy to answer any questions you have for me. We can name some goals you have for this work and at the end of our session, I'll let you know if I believe I'm the right person to guide you on this journey. If not, I'll refer you to some colleagues who I believe may be a better fit. Finding a therapist that works for you can be a challenging pursuit and I want to help make it worth your while.
I'm a military Veteran, what should I expect from our work together?
I previously worked exclusively with male Veterans of the post-9/11 era who were seeking support with their reintegration into civilian life after service, so while I'm a civilian, I understand many of the common problems Veterans — especially younger Veterans —face. Veteran clients have also noted that my approach to therapy is comforting to them as I avoid "psychobabble" and speak more like a person than a therapist.
Struggling to navigate practical or emotional elements of reintegration into civilian life — including relational struggles
With interest in nurturing their soul back from military culture (this is where the feminine and masculine meet. Your military service innundated you with the masculine, I can support you in reconnecting with the essential feminine)
What are the benefits of telehealth?
Telehealth – receiving clinical services through video or phone – has many benefits. Some include:
Low barrier to entry. Removing stressful and traffic-heavy commutes – parking included – allows you to stay in your process uninterrupted. This means we can get to your thoughts and feelings more easily and authentically without distraction.
Flexibility. We can meet from the comfort of your home or office, even if you're swamped. If you're not feeling great but still want to have a therapy session, telehealth will make that easy. I can guide you through some grounding exercises at the start and end of session to help make the transitions between therapy and work/life easier.
Accessibility. You can meet with me from anywhere in California, so we're not limited to one particular zip code. Teletherapy also makes it simple for people with all different physical abilities to receive services easily.
Containment. While popular online therapy services offer email and text engagement with a therapist, I find that video sessions maintain more of the in-person benefits of therapy, including having a space that's yours to settle into and explore within, rather than making therapy another thing to multi-task. Obtaining quick text reflections or advice is a masculine way of doing therapy; being guided through the gradual discovery of your own inner wisdom is a feminine way of doing therapy.
Is there anything I can do to improve my telehealth experience?
While telehealth is convenient, there are details that can help make the experience as seamless as possible for you.
Ensure you have a private and safe space to talk. Somewhere you feel comfortable and cannot be overheard or interrupted by others.
At the time of our session, ensure the device you're using (laptop, tablet, phone) is as close to your WiFi router as possible. A site like speedtest.net will help you determine if your WiFi is strong enough to carry our video session. Upload speeds are recommended to be 10 Mbps or higher.
The fewer devices using WiFi at the same time will improve your experience as well, so if you're sharing your connection with someone using a lot of bandwidth in the next room (video games, streaming, etc.), your speed may become slow. This also means turning off the WiFi on your nearby phone if you’re meeting with me on your laptop or tablet.
If you're using a phone or tablet, you will need to download the Telehealth by SimplePractice app for iOS or Android. Information about this will be emailed to you prior to our first session. If you're using your laptop or computer for sessions, you can use the web-based link sent via email and avoid downloading any programs.
Do something to ritualize the end of your session before integrating back into your environment. This can include taking a walk, therapy journaling, drawing, dancing, meditating, etc.
What is your style of therapy?
Therapists practice from different theoretical backgrounds and clinical approaches. While it may be difficult to decipher prior to meeting them if a therapist will be a good fit for your personality, style, and needs, getting a glimpse into how they view therapy can help you decide if its worth the exploration. You can learn more about my approach on my Therapy page and via the video on my Home page. Please feel free to reach out with any specific questions you may have. Prior to starting our therapy, we'll have a phone consultation free of charge which can help us navigate this, as well.