Why should I consider seeing a therapist? Therapy is about helping you get the most out of your life. It is a time to drop your defenses and get real in a safe, confidential space. Your relationship with your therapist is different from talking to a friend because your therapist isn't invested in your day-to-day life. Therapists hold a space for you to explore what's best for you. Also, certain therapy techniques such as EMDR can help effectively resolve trauma and are only available from trained professionals.
How long will it take? Some people feel may feel complete after a few therapy sessions. Others will want to dive deeper and continue for a longer period of time. Clients typically come to therapy once a week to start; the frequency of therapy is something we will discuss at our first session.
How long is a session? What is your schedule? Sessions are typically 50 minutes long. I am available to see clients at my officeMonday through Thursday.
What will my first counseling session be like? We will spend the first session getting to know each other, talking about the therapeutic process, and discussing your concerns. I also will explain more about EMDR if that is something we choose to explore together.
What is EMDR? EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a proven therapy that helps clients process distressing memories and trauma. Sometimes traumatic memories from childhood can get "stuck" in the brain, with the same images, sounds, smells, or other sensations. In other words, something that happened years ago can feel like it's still happening right now. EMDR can help process these memories and move them through the brain so they no longer cause distress. You don't forget the memory, but it no longer has such a negative effect on your life. You can find out more about EMDR here. Or contact me and we can discuss it more. How do I make an appointment? Where are you located? You may contact me for acomplimentary 15-minute phone consultation to see how I can best help you. You may also call me directly at: 619-577-4514. My office is located in the Hillcrest/Bankers Hill area of San Diego, CA.
What is your fee? My fee is $150 per session. I also offer a limited number of sliding-scale discounted fees based on income. Please contact me to discuss this option. I accept cash, check, or credit cards, including HSA debit cards.
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 know about your therapy sessions. If you like, however, I can offer a receipt ("superbill") for you to submit to your insurance company. You may qualify to receive out-of-network reimbursement if you have a PPO insurance plan (not an HMO); please check with your insurance company to confirm this option.