How long are the therapy sessions and what can I expect?
Therapy sessions are 45 minutes long. I do offer 90 minute session but those sessions are not covered by insurance companies.
What you can expect from therapy is that you will be in a safe environment with someone who truly wants to help you. Therapy is not going to be any easy process. There will be ups and downs, smiles and tears. It will be emotionally draining at times and invigorating at others. At one point or another you will likely feel like you're taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back, but at the end of the day you are still 1 step closer to where you want to be than when you started.
How much do you charge? What type of payments do you take?
My standard rate is $150 for 45 minute sessions and $250 for 90 minute sessions. I take cash, credit cards, checks, and most major medical insurances and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers including:
Anthem Blue Cross Medi-cal
Blue Shield of California
Magellan (Western Health Advantage)
Optum (United Healthcare or United Behavioral Health)
What kind of therapy approaches do you use?
I use a number of different therapy approaches because I don't believe that a single approach works for every client. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman, Humanistic, Imago, Psychodynamic, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused, and Systems Theory.
How confidential is therapy?
My general philosophy is that therapy is a lot like Vegas, what you say in therapy stays in therapy. However, there are some exceptions to that:
If you are going to hurt yourself
If you are going to hurt someone else
If there is child or elder abuse
If any of those are occurring then I have to report them, it is the law. Beyond that, I do have a no secrets policy when it comes to couples therapy. It is my experience holding back secrets only does damage to couples therapy so I will not keep one partner's secret from the other.
Why don't I love myself?
This is a question I get quite often and my response is to ask one question - why do you hate yourself? Strong dislike or a hate for oneself seems to be the biggest obstacle in trying to learn to love yourself. I want to help you find out what is getting in the way of truly loving who you are.
Why isn't my relationship working?
When couples come in and ask me why their relationship isn't work, I tend to wonder and ask them how much work are they really putting into making their relationship work? Relationships are hard work, despite what we grew up seeing on TV and in Disney movies. Even the best relationships require work, in the good times and the bad. Communication is usually a huge issues with couples and one that constantly needs some adjustment, especially because our lives get so busy that we forget to slow things down and just listen.