Frequently Asked Questions

How long are our sessions?

Sessions are typically 50 minutes unless we agree upon a different length of time.

How much does each session cost?

My fee for a 50-minute session is $160.  If you are interested in a longer session time, then the fee will be pro-rated.  I do not have any sliding scale availability at this time.

Are sessions in person during COVID19?

As of March 2020 following the initial shelter in place order, all of my sessions have moved to online-only.  My sessions are done via a secure video conferencing platform.

Are online sessions as impactful as online sessions?

With clients that I have seen both online and in-person, those clients haven’t reported any significant difference in the quality of therapy provided.  The same is true in receiving Brainspotting.

In my experience so far, I have found online therapy to be more comfortable for some people due to being at home.  I’ve also found that the therapy can go deeper at times due to that level of comfort from being at home rather than in an office.  Personally, I’ve found that it takes more energy for me to attune via video, while some things I inevitably miss due to the video or connection itself at times.  However, I have also found it easier for me to work intuitively and objectively.

Overall, I’d say it’s a matter of preference that the pros and cons balance out.

How often are therapy sessions?  Can I have therapy every other week?

I don’t agree to every other week therapy if, in my professional opinion, it is not in your best interest.  In the majority of cases, I’ve found that therapy is most effective when sessions are weekly.

When doing therapy every other week, the longer breaks in between sessions makes it harder for me to adequately assess and it often prevents us from making real progress on the issues you’re wanting help with.

If the reason for wanting the to every other week is due to the pace in which we are working, then I believe it’s important for us to have a conversation about that.  My main intention is for you to feel safe during the process.

Generally, I recommend every other week therapy once your goals are reached and we are either beginning to phase out of therapy or you want to continue therapy on a check-in, support basis.  At that point, the sessions are more for maintenance rather than deep, impactful work.

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Is everything said in therapy confidential?

The law protects the confidentiality of communications between client and therapist.  Information cannot be disclosed without written permission from the client.  In other words, if someone calls me wanting your information then I cannot tell them that I know you unless you’ve given me written permission.  That being said, there are a few exceptions to this rule:

  1. As a therapist, I am a mandated reporter, so if I suspect any child, elder or disabled adult abuse then I am required by law to report it.  Of course, if this comes up during therapy I see it as my ethical and clinical duty to inform you that I will need to report so you are aware.
  2. If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, then I am required to notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  3. If a client intends to harm themselves, I am required to assess the severity of the client’s intention.  In the event that it is beneficial for safety, I establish a safety plan with the client.  However, if they do not cooperate and the risk appears to be high, then I will take further actions, which I am allowed to by law, without their permission to ensure safety.

Domestic violence is not a mandated report.  However, if this does come up in therapy, I will ethically support you in creating a safety plan for yourself.

What is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and how is it different from a psychologist?

A Marriage and Family Therapist is a mental health professional that’s trained in psychotherapy and family systems.  Those with this licensure have had special training in couples and family therapy in addition with the traditional clinical psychology coursework.  In the state of California, it is the main license that is given to those with a Masters-level education in clinical psychology and/or counseling.  In California, MFTs are regulated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

A psychologist, on the other hand, has a Doctoral-level education.  They practice psychotherapy as an MFT does, however, they are also able to conduct psychological testing.  In addition, if the individual has a PhD (versus a PsyD) they have training to conduct research and teach at a university level.

Many MFTs also have their PhD or are working towards one.  Often times, they have the PhD so they can teach at a university level, do research, write publications or do psychological testing.

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