FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions
Why is therapy a good idea?
Some people see going to therapy as a sign of weakness because of the belief we should be able to solve their own problems ("pull yourself up by the bootstraps"). Also, many people see their friends and family as the best sources of help, which can be true. Often, however, it is useful to find a person who has an objective perspective and unconditional positive regard. Therapy is about helping you get the most out of life. It is a time to drop your defenses and get real in a safe, confidential space. This is what makes a therapeutic relationship unique and the reason why therapy works.
How long will it take?
Depending on the situation, some people feel may feel complete after a few sessions. Others will want to dive deeper and continue for a longer period of time. Clients come to therapy once a week, twice a week, every other week, or once a month. The frequency of therapy is something we will discuss in our first session.
How long is a session? What is your schedule?
Each session is 50 minutes long. I am currently available to see clients Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Contact me to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
What will my first counseling session be like?
I will ask you to arrive about 10 minutes before your appointment time to complete paperwork. We will spend the first session getting to know each other and diving into your concerns as much as you feel comfortable.
How do I make an appointment? Where are you located?
Feel free to contact me for a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit. If you have specific questions about the therapy process please call or use the contact form. I will respond within 24 hours on weekdays. My phone number is: (619) 272-6858 x706. My office is at the Therapeutic Center for Anxiety and Trauma in Bankers Hill, San Diego.
What is your fee?
My fee is $120 per session. I accept cash, check, or credit card. I also offer a limited number of sliding-scale discounted fees based on income. Please call or email me to discuss this option.
Do you accept health insurance?
I do not accept insurance. One of the reasons for this is to ensure client confidentiality — neither your insurance company nor anyone else will not know about your counseling sessions. If you like, I can offer a receipt ("superbill") for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
I see you are a Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern. What does that mean?
After earning my master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, I am now required to obtain 3,000 hours of supervised experience before sitting for my licensing exam. One advantage to seeing a recent graduate is I am up to date on the most current therapy research. Also, because I am supervised by a licensed therapist, even though you will see only me during our sessions you will have the benefit of an additional therapist reviewing your case. I am able to charge much less than a licensed therapist, as well.