FAQ


"I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear." - Oprah Winfrey


Q: Why go to therapy?

Therapy is designed to create a safe and compassionate environment where the client’s needs are the sole focus. The purpose of therapy is to assist the client to access their own inner resources in support of creating healing on the mental and emotional levels, which then allows the client to live out in the world from a place of inner strength and balance.


Q: How does therapy work?

There are many different approaches to therapy. From a client-centered approach, my role is to bring forth my background, education, and skills in facilitating and supporting clients to access their own inner wisdom and strengths, and to help them explore ways to express their inner freedom through outer action.


Q: Is therapy confidential?

Clients have a legal right to confidentiality in therapy. However with written permission from the client, therapists can communicate with doctors and other service providers in support of the client’s treatment. The law also mandates and provides for certain exceptions for the therapist to break confidentiality in order to protect the client’s safety, and the safety of others and property. Another exception would be when a client is involved in a legal proceeding, a judge will sometimes order the therapist to disclose information related to treatment.


Q: How many sessions will I need?

Therapy can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on the client’s goals, complexity of issues, and motivation to meet their goals. Therapy typically takes place with one session per week, however there is flexibility, and a plan is made to suit the needs of each individual client.


Q: What is Spiritual Psychology?

Spiritual Psychology recognizes that we are more than just a body, mind, and emotions. It focuses on accessing and expressing compassion as a way to experience balance. Spiritual Psychology is not based in any religious context. Many of my clients, including those who consider themselves to be atheists or agnostics, find peace in connecting to their intuition or "common sense", instead of living by intellectual means alone.

For more information see: University Of Santa Monica


Q: What will be discussed during my free phone consultation?

During your free phone consultation we will discuss your reason for seeking therapy, your expectations, and billing procedures. In addition to being an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about coming to therapy, it is also a time to evaluate treatment needs and to get acquainted. If it is apparent that your needs will be better suited elsewhere, referrals will be provided.


Q: What should I expect when I arrive to my first therapy appointment?

At our first meeting, please arrive approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of our session in order to fill out the intake paperwork. When it is time to start the session, the client(s) will be invited from the waiting room into the therapy room.

In the therapy room the first session begins with a short discussion on confidentiality and a review of the paperwork and any related questions. Next, a thorough understanding of the client’s overall needs and goals is developed. Then some time is taken to work with the client to address more immediate concerns/issues.


Q: Can my therapist write me a prescription for medication?

Marriage & Family Therapists are not licensed to write medication prescriptions. If it becomes apparent that the client could benefit from medication, appropriate referrals to a psychiatrist or medical doctor will be made as part of concurrent treatment.


Q: Do you welcome members of the LGBTQ community?

Absolutely!


Q: How long is a therapy session?

Individual sessions - 50 minutes

Family/couples sessions - 80 minutes


Q: What are your fees?

$95.00/individual session

$110.00/family/couples session


Q: What methods of payment do you take?

Cash, check, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discovery)


Q: Do you take insurance?

Yes