FAQ

1. What is psychotherapy and how do I know if I need it?

My definition of psychotherapy includes addressing a problem that is disrupting your life using a combination of talk and behavioral actions. After the initial assessment and treatment planning meeting(s), each session will have an agenda grounded in an evidence-based treatment, personalized for your particular needs and circumstances. You will have time to discuss problems and learn new skills each week, and you will be asked to practice the new skills or take some kind of action between sessions as part of your weekly “Action Plan.” Research shows significantly better outcomes from clients who complete homework, so I do ask my clients to commit to doing something between sessions to help them reach their treatment goals. Please note that therapy is not “venting” or simply chatting – there is no evidence to support that these things help, and my goal is to use research-backed treatments to get you back on track as quickly as possible.

You may benefit from therapy if you have a problem that is interrupting your life and causing you distress more days than not. Perhaps you are struggling to get out of bed, get to work, or maintain a job or relationship because of insomnia, pain, or intrusive thoughts about something that happened. If you feel overwhelmed or stuck, it may be a good time to seek help. You are “ready” for therapy if you can commit to showing up for therapy once a week (most weeks) for the duration of treatment (varies for each person and each treatment), and you are willing to complete actions each week in an effort towards reaching your treatment goals.

2. Must I come to your office to receive treatment?

That’s up to you! I do encourage people to come to sessions in person if possible, however, I’m understanding of traffic and transportation and family issues that can get in the way, and therefore I also offer therapy via telehealth. Telehealth or online therapy, in a nutshell, means attending your sessions via a secure video connection. You will receive a secure and unique link via email prior to your session, and we will meet ‘face to face’ by computer, phone or tablet. The session fee is the same as meeting in person, and the treatment outcomes are the same.

If you are unable to come in person and do not have access to the internet for a telehealth session, we can do therapy by telephone as a last resort. The hourly fee remains the same.

Sleep coaching is available via telehealth to clients living anywhere in the United States. Treatment for PTSD and chronic pain is only available to California residents, due to licensing laws.

3. Do you accept insurance? What are your fees?

No, I do not accept any insurance. I charge $185 for one hour, and 90-minute sessions are available by request for $275. When you complete your initial paperwork you will be asked to provide credit card information, and I will charge your card after each session. Every week I will add a ‘superbill’ to your secure online Client Portal, which includes the information needed by most insurance companies to provide reimbursement directly to you.

4. Do you provide psychotherapy AND massage?

Yes! I am both a Clinical Social Worker AND a Certified Massage Therapist! If you are interested in receiving both services from me, let’s discuss your unique situation and decide together whether that is most appropriate for you. There are endless benefits to massage and acupressure for chronic pain, insomnia, and PTSD, and I almost always recommend augmenting your mental health care with holistic therapies.

5. I think I’m interested in starting psychotherapy. Now what?

Please Contact Me.
and request to schedule a call. During our phone call, which will last less than 15 minutes, I will ask you to briefly describe what is bringing you to treatment, allow you to ask me questions, and we can decide together if therapy with me is a good fit for you. If you want to proceed with treatment, we will schedule your initial assessment, and you will receive a secure link via email with your initial paperwork to complete prior to your intake. No need to print your paperwork, just complete it in about 10-20 minutes and electronically submit.

6. I don’t think I’m interested in psychotherapy, but I’d like to schedule a massage or acupressure session. How can I do that?

Please Book Now and schedule for a time that suits you! I accept cash, checks, credit cards, or SpaFinder cards.

7. What is telehealth or ‘online therapy,’ and how does it work? Will I get the same results compared to if I see you in person? Can I see you for therapy from anywhere? What does it cost?

Telehealth or online therapy allows us to meet through audio and video over the internet, similar to Skype or Facetime.

Prior to your session, you’ll be sent a link for the video session. It is a secure link that can only be used one time for our scheduled session. Click on it when our session is scheduled to start, or open it through the ‘Telehealth by SimplePractice’ app for free on iTune or Google Play. You can use the camera and audio on your computer or mobile device.

I’m very excited about this new option because it means no waiting and travel time. And, research comparing treatment outcomes from telehealth and in-person therapy found that the results are the same. In other words, you will get better regardless of whether you choose to do online or in-person sessions. Plus, telehealth is 100% HIPAA compliant and secure.

At this time, I am able to see clients via telehealth who are physically located in California and Pennsylvania, because I am licensed in those two states. I am working on getting my Colorado license, and I hope to offer telehealth to Colorado residents within the next few months.

Please note that telehealth and in-person sessions are billed at the same rate of $185/hr, and payment is expected at the time of service. After each session, you will receive a superbill that you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. Insurance companies typically reimburse telehealth at the same rate as in-person sessions, but please call your insurance company prior to your first session to verify.

Ready to get started? To schedule a brief call to discuss treatment, please Contact Me.