What is the length and frequency of our sessions?
My standard sessions are 45-50 minutes and occur on a weekly basis.
How much is the session fee?
Is there are sliding scale/discount?
I offer a limited number of sliding scale appointments based on financial need as well as a couple of discounted slots for MFT or M. Div students who are working toward completing their graduate degrees. I am happy to discuss your financial need more over the phone should I have a spot available on my caseload.
Do you bill insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider, which means that I do not bill insurance directly. Rather, I can provide you with a special receipt (called a “superbill”) that your insurance requires you to submit for possible reimbursement depending on your coverage. Depending on the type of insurance you have, you may be eligible for reimbursement up to a certain percentage of the fee. Click here for more information on how to inquire with your insurance regarding your benefits and mental health coverage.
Where do I park?
You may park in any unmarked parking spot.
Do you offer online sessions?
Yes! Telehealth (video) appointments are available for anyone who is currently a resident of California. Telehealth appointments are scheduled through my secure client portal. You can easily access your telehealth appointment through any device whether laptop, tablet, or cell phone that has a working camera and microphone. Please let me know if you would prefer an online session when we schedule your first appointment.
Isn’t it cheaper for me to go through BetterHelp or TalkSpace?
While BetterHelp, TalkSpace, and other online telehealth platforms appear to be less expensive, I encourage you to check with your insurance to see what type of coverage you have and how much they will cover. In some cases, your coverage will be the same or even LESS than these platforms. Additionally, the lowest rate on my sliding scale costs the same amount as BetterHelp’s weekly rate for the use of their platform. Lastly, BetterHelp in particular does not bill insurance, nor do they provide you with a receipt (called a Superbill) to submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement.
Isn’t BetterHelp better, though, because I can chat with my therapist anytime I want?
BetterHelp would like you to think that they are the only platform out there that provides access to your therapist in this way. I have a secure client portal where you are able to send me messages between sessions if you like. Additionally, I also send messages to my clients via the portal as well if I think of a resource that may be helpful. A caveat, however…being able to chat with your therapist anytime you want may lead to an unhealthy dependency on your therapist. The whole goal of therapy is to get you to the point that you are able to cope with your problems on your own and regain a sense of self-efficacy. While it’s great to feel like you have a safe, secure way to contact your therapist between sessions, I encourage you to be mindful of your intent behind how much and how often you utilize that resource. Are you relying too much on your therapist to get you through a difficult situation rather than putting into practice the coping skills you’ve been learning? Something to think about…
What’s the difference between online and in-person therapy? Which one is better?
The main difference between online and in-person therapy is missing out on what we clinicians refer to as “in the room” experiences. There’s something powerful about being “in the room” with someone else in the midst of their pain and holding space for that person. Additionally, therapists are able to pick up on subtleties in mannerisms and body language which can be clues into a person’s inner angst (eg. Shaking the knee, wringing of the hands, change in muscle tone, etc). Some of these subtleties can be lost in translations through online communication. Additionally, there can be glitches and technical difficulties which can be frustrating and serve to distract from an online session. On the flip side, online therapy offers many new conveniences that in-person therapy will never be able to such as greater flexibility with scheduling. Clients can make progress through either modality. It comes down to preference and comfort level. Maybe I’m “old school” in that I encourage everyone to at least give in-person therapy a try. Trust me, it will be worth it!