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3120 Telegraph Ave. Suite 9, Berkeley, CA 94705

415-621-9234

CA License PSY 29273

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a therapist?

 

I often tell my clients that there must be a good fit when choosing a therapist. This idea of a “good fit” encompasses many factors including your level of comfort with your therapist, whether their areas of expertise match what you are looking to get help with, as well as the therapeutic approach(s) that they use in their work. It is not uncommon to speak and/or meet with several therapists before settling on the right one for yourself. When choosing a therapist, pay attention to how you feel when you read about them, speak to them on the phone, and meet in person; and go with your gut sense.

 

What is your approach to therapy?

 

I integrate evidence-based approaches, mindfulness techniques, attachment theory, relational therapy, and somatic therapy into my clinical work. I tailor my approach to each client depending on their presenting concerns, goals for therapy, and personality style. That is to say, I help clients see what they have come to believe about relationships and the world based on their past experiences, use the therapeutic relationship to re-work belief systems that are no longer serving them, and show clients how to tap into their inner wisdom and strength by helping them be more fully in their bodies and the present moment.

 

Is therapy confidential?

 

Client confidentiality is strictly protected by the code of ethics to which I am bound. There are also laws in place that guarantee your privacy as a client. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) ensures that your medical records and personal health information are protected. During our first meeting, I will explain your rights to privacy and confidentiality further, and answer any questions that you may have. There are some limitations to confidentiality and privacy that I will also discuss with you during our first meeting. You can read more about them here and I would be happy to answer any further questions about confidentiality during the initial phone consultation. 

 

How often would I come to therapy?

 

Therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes long and occur once per week. I work with clients to set up a regular time that best fits their schedule. Weekly sessions help to develop a strong therapeutic relationship and stay in the flow of moving towards treatment goals but I do offer different arrangements depending on your needs and goals.

 

How long would therapy last?

 

The duration of therapy depends on many factors; the specific needs and goals that you have for treatment, your level of motivation, personality style, and the approach used by the psychotherapist that you choose. I work with several cutting-edge approaches which lead to change and growth in a short period of time for most clients. Clients typically begin seeing change within the first 4-8 sessions and our work together typically lasts anywhere from 12 sessions to one year. For clients looking to get help with a specific concern, therapy can be shorter, while those looking to experience more in-depth personal growth and a letting go of unhelpful relational patterns may benefit from longer treatment.

 

Do you take insurance?

 

While I do not accept insurance, I am happy to provide my clients with monthly statements that they can use to get reimbursement for out-of-network providers from their insurance companies. Flex spending accounts can also be used to cover the cost of therapy with pre-tax dollars. I am happy to talk about this and any other questions related to insurance and payment during the initial phone consultation, so please do not hesitate to ask.

 

What is the cost of therapy?

 

My current rate is $210 per 50-minute session.