IS THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
It is a common misperception that therapy is for "crazy" people or that attending therapy means that something is "wrong" with you. This is very far from the truth. Everyone needs help from time to time. It helps to have a sounding board, someone who isn't a family member or friend. It helps to have someone who specializes in relationships and life changes to bounce ideas off of and to help identify solutions. It helps to think of therapy as a resource or tool that can help you gain insight and new skills. The vast majority of people I work with are very high functioning in many areas of their lives.
WOULD COUPLES' THERAPY HELP MY RELATIONSHIP?
I work with many types of couples: people who have been married for decades, couples not married and are living together, same sex couples, and people on the verge of divorce. I do premarital counseling, work with couples who have experienced infidelity, people undergoing issues of infertility, and couples who are grieving losses. If both partners are not able or willing to attend therapy (which is often the case), I can be effective in working with only one person in the dyad. I am very direct and interactive in my approach with couples and have a very high success rate in addressing relationship issues.
WHAT IS A SESSION LIKE?
My office is located upstairs in the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. This is a quaint, older building with plenty of free parking. My office is very bright, relaxing, and comfortable. The first session begins with me getting to know you and learning about what you would like to get out of therapy. We will set goals together and develop a plan for therapy. I typically see clients on a weekly basis. I have found that more progress can be made when sessions are not too far apart.
WHAT ABOUT MY INSURANCE?
I accept Cigna insurance. Each person's policy is different so I will help you find out what your particular plan covers for mental health services.
For all other insurance policies, I am an out of network provider. This means that I am not contracted with any insurance companies other than Cigna. If you have a PPO insurance, you may be eligible for reimbursement from your insurance company. I recommend calling your insurance before scheduling an appointment to find out exactly what mental health benefits you have. Some questions to ask are: can I be reimbursed for therapy with an out of network provider; do I have a deductible and how much is it; are there certain types of therapy not covered by my plan. I can provide you with a statement at the end of each month that you can then submit to your insurance company.
HOW MUCH DOES THERAPY COST?
The fee for therapy is $150 per session. Each session is 50 minutes long. Double sessions of 1 hour and 40 minutes can also be booked if a client feels they will need longer than 50 minutes (this would cost $300). Double sessions need to be booked in advance. I accept cash, checks, credit and debit cards. All fees are due at the beginning of each session.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH THERAPIST IS RIGHT FOR ME?
I provide a free 15 minute phone consultation prior to scheduling an appointment. This is for us to go over what you’d like help with and what you’d like to accomplish in therapy. It is a time to determine whether I am the right therapist for you or if a referral would be more appropriate. It is important to have a good match between client and therapist. Some good questions to ask yourself are: Do I feel comfortable talking to this therapist? Do I feel listened to? Is it easy to connect with this therapist? Remember that you can discontinue therapy at any time.