FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do we start?
I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to talk together about your specific situation and needs, give you a sense of how I work, and address any initial questions you may have. You can contact me here to set up a time to talk. You can also call me directly at (510) 201-9220. Please let me know some good times to call you back.
If you'd like to move forward after we talk by phone, we'll then meet in person for an initial 50-minute session. At our first session, we'll talk more in depth about you, your situation, your hopes for therapy, and begin to explore some steps forward.
What are your fees?
My fee for a 50-minute session for individual and couples therapy is $170, which is mid-range for the Bay Area. I do have a few reduced-fee slots for those in financial need, particularly for clients who work in care-giving fields with limited income (beginning therapists, social justice workers, home health providers). If you feel that my fee is not doable for you, please talk with me directly and we can discuss payment options. I am also happy to offer you referrals to lower-fee providers and training centers.
I accept payment in the form of cash, check, or HSA/credit/debit cards.
Do you take insurance?
While I do not bill insurance directly, I can provide detailed receipts which you may use for possible reimbursement from your insurance and/or your Health Savings Account. It will be your responsibility to first confirm that your insurance carrier allows for a reimbursement option.
How often do we meet?
For therapy to be most effective, meeting at least weekly is the best option. Some clients choose to come in twice a week, particularly during times of crisis or just to ensure a more deep and consistent therapy process. At times, individuals and couples have asked me about meeting every other week. I have found that meeting biweekly often means that sessions are spent "catching up" on events rather than allowing for a deeper and more helpful exploration of thoughts and feelings. At times I will consider every other week sessions for clients who have been working with me for a significant period of time and who may have schedules or situations that no longer allow for weekly sessions.
How long will it take?
The length of time in therapy will depend on a variety of factors: the issues that brought you in, the intensity of your symptoms, your motivation to incorporate new insights and practices, and any unforeseen events that take place during the course of therapy. It is likely that you will experience some sense of relief or increased hope in the first month, simply because the experience of feeling heard and understood in therapy can help you to feel less alone and more able to address the issues that brought you in. We will continually check in during our work together to assess your goals and progress, and whether we are meeting your needs.