FAQ

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?

I offer teletherapy, or online individual counseling sessions. I am licensed to practice teletherapy for residents of California, Florida, and District of Columbia. I only work with clients 18-years-old and older. I charge $150 per one-hour session.

 

I also offer a free 15-minute consultation to new clients. If you’re interested, please submit a contact request or schedule a consult through the patient portal. The consultation is meant to offer a chance to answer any questions you may have about me, teletherapy services, and whether I might be a good therapeutic match for you.

I do not offer a sliding scale and I do not take insurance at this time. I do not provide couples or family counseling sessions.

WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO THERAPY?

Much like going to see a doctor, consultant, or a trainer, clients come to therapy to get help. The form of that help varies depending on what issue(s) a client is dealing with and the type of services they are seeking. Clients may be seeking guidance, support, psychoeducation (information about a mental health disorder and treatment), or skills that target their goals. These skills might include coping techniques for anxiety/depression, communication skills for interpersonal issues, or self-reflection strategies to explore yourself. Clients might even seek hourly therapy simply as a form of self-care to “let go” and focus on themselves.

HOW CAN THERAPY HELP ME? WHAT PURPOSE DOES IT SERVE?

This depends on your goals. If your goal is to be a better employee / parent / spouse / person, then therapy can help to explore strategies for change. If your goal is to improve self-esteem, therapy can support in boosting self-acceptance and happiness. If your goal is to process a big emotion like anger / grief / fear, therapy can act as a safe space to practice healthy emotional expression.

WHAT WILL WE DISCUSS IN THERAPY?

Therapy is a safe space for you to discuss anything you want/need to as it pertains to your mental health goals. I tend to work with clients who are seeking help for any of the following issues:

  • Stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and/or mania

  • Family and/or relationship conflicts

  • Difficulties with sleep

  • Low self-esteem

  • Compassion fatigue

  • Major life changes (such as a loss, a sudden move, etc.)

  • Trauma and past abuse

  • Current and/or historical substance use


Throughout treatment, I also check-in about progress outside of therapy, life updates, or barriers to progress. While I like to challenge my clients to address issues that might be a little outside of their comfort zones (such using positive self-talk to combat low self-esteem, practicing a different way of communicating during conflict, or trauma issues), I will respect the need to not broach any topics that you say are off-limits for you.

I DON’T FEEL LIKE I HAVE A MAJOR PROBLEM. CAN I STILL BENEFIT FROM THERAPY?

Yes! Therapy can help you regardless of the severity of whatever it is that you are going through. More often than not, I see clients who are generally mentally healthy, but may use therapy as a “check-up” for their overall wellness.

WILL YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?

As an LCSW I am NOT able to prescribe medication. I also cannot speak to medication recommendations as it is outside of my scope of practice. However, depending on a client’s level of functioning and/or their therapy goals, we might discuss certain topics around medication such as:

  • How to talk to your doctor about medication, how to ask questions about medication, and/or advocating for your needs as a patient.

  • Weighing the pros and cons of deciding to seek out psychiatric support.

  • Coping with the stigma around taking medication to treat mental health symptoms.

  • The importance of seeking physician support to rule out underlying medical causes for mental health symptoms. (I’ve had a few instances in which clients were diagnosed with a medical condition that exacerbated their mental health symptoms.)

WHAT IS TELETHERAPY LIKE? WHAT DO I NEED FOR IT?

Teletherapy is when a client “meets” with their therapist over the internet. Teletherapy shares many similarities with regular face-to-face therapy. However, some major differences, both good and bad, include the following:


Pros:

  • Clients may easily access their therapist no matter their location, as long as they have an internet connection. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with clients in rural areas where mental health resources may be highly limited or far away. I’ve even worked with clients who are bedridden due to illness, and teletherapy allowed them the means to access support without getting out of bed.

  • Clients and therapists do not have to deal with driving out to their session, deal with parking, bumping into people they know, etc. In my experience, teletherapy has proved far more private than face-to-face sessions.

  • If illness, weather, or other safety factors are a barrier to services, teletherapy services from the comfort of one’s home can ensure continued access to care.


Cons:

  • Internet connectivity issues may cause a “lag” or even for the session to drop. Telehealth therapists are advised to have a good strong internet connection to help mitigate this. I myself have a 1 GB wired connection to ensure smoother sessions.

  • Therapists have less control over privacy on the client’s end. Traditional therapy offices have designated private spaces with locked doors to eliminate disruptions. Unfortunately, client’s family members, roommates, or pets might not understand the need to respect clients’ privacy needs. If privacy is a concern, we can troubleshoot ideas on how to accomplish this so that you feel emotionally safe to speak in therapy.

  • Meeting on the screen is certainly not the same as meeting face-to-face. (I think an abundance of zoom meetings during the pandemic has reinforced this!) This means that therapists are more limited in their assessments as they rely solely on what they see on the screen and what clients have written. If you are seeking a more thorough evaluation, I strongly recommend seeking face-to-face services.


To have a teletherapy session with your therapist, you do require an internet connection and a means to connect to the meeting platform. Some clients just use their cellphone, while others prefer to be at their computer or desktop. It is also strongly recommended that you have a private spot for sessions (such as a room with a locked door) to better protect your privacy.

HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?

Therapy sessions themselves are 50-60 minutes long, although they may be shorter in length if a client has a time crunch. The frequency of sessions may depend on needs, goals, and our availability, but usually they are conducted once weekly.


I’ve worked with some clients for as short as one session and some for as long several years. On average, I usually work with clients weekly over the course of a few to several months. The rate of progress depends on various factors, including the degree of a client’s stress/trauma, comfort level of disclosure, and the level of effort both during and outside of sessions toward change.


Everyone’s process is different, and even slow-and-steady progress is still progress! My personal goal for clients is to get them to a place where they have access to healthy supports, feel equipped to handle stressors on their own, and feel generally happier before transitioning out of therapy.

IF I STOPPED DOING THERAPY SOME TIME AGO, CAN I RETURN TO IT?

Yes, and in fact this is encouraged! Sometimes clients return if new issues arise or if old issues have resurfaced. Some have even returned after a long “break” just for their own self-care or to conduct a wellness check-in. If you have found therapy helpful in the past and would like to seek services again, I encourage you to do so. Alternatively, if your past therapeutic experiences have not been so helpful, I encourage you to speak about this with your therapist (whether former or new). This can help your therapist to address what hasn’t been helpful and to tweak your therapy if needed.

WHO DO YOU WORK WITH?

I tend to work with clients who are seeking help for any of the following issues:

  • Stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and/or mania

  • Family and/or relationship conflicts

  • Difficulties with sleep

  • Low self-esteem

  • Compassion fatigue

  • Major life changes (such as a loss, a sudden move, etc.)

  • Trauma and past abuse

  • Current and/or historical substance use


I am licensed to practice in the state of California and I only serve California residents. At this time, I am only working with adults (ages 18-years-old and over).

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER OUR SESSIONS?

I do not take insurance at this time. I charge $150 for one hour of individual teletherapy.

 

I also offer a free 15-minute consultation to new clients. If you’re interested, please submit a contact request or schedule a consult through the patient portal. The consultation is meant to offer a chance to answer any questions you may have about me, teletherapy services, and whether I might be a good therapeutic match for you. If during this consultation we find that you would benefit from working with another therapist, I’m happy to help you find one that is a better match for you.

DO I PAY EVERY SESSION?

Yes. You will be charged $150 at the end of the session.

DO YOU OFFER A SLIDING SCALE?

I do not offer a sliding scale at this time. If you require linkage to lower cost mental health services in your area, please feel free to reach out to me through the contact page.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY IF I CANNOT MAKE IT TO A SESSION?

If you cannot make it to a therapy session, I request that you provide at least 24 hours notice to cancel. This allows other clients the opportunity to schedule that slot if needed.

 

Late cancellations (appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice) and no shows will be charged at 33% of the regular rate ($50).

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

I only offer remote, teletherapy services and do not have a physical therapy office. This website is my business “location” in lieu of the traditional brick and mortar office. :) I am licensed to provide teletherapy within California, Florida, and District of Columbia.

CAN I GIVE YOU A CALL?

Yes! I can be reached at (916) 517-4754 through call or text. Please note that I might not respond right away as I may be in session. I do my best to respond within two business days.

DO YOU HAVE EVENING OR WEEKEND AVAILABILITY?

Yes! I offer appointments on Saturdays, and I do offer evening appointments on both weekends and weekdays. If you do not see an appointment slot available on the scheduler that you need, please reach out to me and I’ll see if I can accommodate your request or notify you of a cancelled appointment slot.

My availability is more limited around and on major holidays.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENTS?

There are a few ways you can schedule an appointment with me:

  • The best way to schedule a therapy session is online through the patient portal on my site. The widget also displays my availability for appointments. You will be prompted to enter in your demographic and payment information.

  • Request a therapy or consultation session through the contact me page on my site. This option is available in case we need to coordinate a session time outside of my regular availability.

  • Call or text me at (916) 517-4754 to request an appointment. I do my best to respond within two business days.

DOES WHAT WE TALK ABOUT IN THERAPY REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL?

What we discuss in therapy will remain confidential, per HIPAA law. However, therapists are mandated reporters. There are limits to confidentiality when abuse or potential for serious harm is reported. Conditions in which confidentiality might be broken include:

  • A client reporting that they are a danger to themselves and/or to others.

  • A client reporting that they are abusing a minor.

  • A minor client reporting that they are being abused.


Other circumstances in which confidentiality could be broken include:

  • Other people being present during a session (specifically if a client chooses to not conduct a teletherapy session in a private setting).

  • A client signing a release of information form allowing for disclosure of information. (You may also specify which information you would like disclosed and which you would not like disclosed.)

  • A court subpoena is received for your records.


As of this writing, I do not employ administrative or support staff to review records. I also do not share my records with any researchers.

CAN I DECIDE TO SEE A DIFFERENT THERAPIST?

Absolutely! Clients may change therapists for different reasons, such as requiring someone with a certain specialty, requesting a specific preference (such as a therapist of a certain gender or religion), or seeking out a more appropriate therapeutic match. I encourage you to get specific about the type of therapist you are seeking. It’s okay to “interview” a few therapists to determine who will be a good fit for you.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING?

Not wanting to talk about something is totally fine! Sessions are meant to discuss what is relevant and important to you. When appropriate, I often challenge clients on topics that might be relevant to their goals. (For example, reframing negative self-talk.) However, I will respect the need to not push any topics that you say are off-limits for you.