Frequently Asked Questions

What is your fee?

My fee is $175 per 50 minute session.   For those people who can not otherwise afford therapy, I offer a limited number of reduced fee openings. Please call me if you would like to discuss a lower fee at (949) 288-3123.

I see most clients once or twice a week at a regularly scheduled time.

Do you have a free consultation?

In order to ensure that I am a good fit for you, I offer a free phone consultation. The call is an opportunity for us to discuss what you are hoping to gain from counseling. I can then assess if I would be a good person to help you. If I am not the best person to help, I will do my best to give you a good referral. You can reach me at (949) 288-3123.

How long does counseling take?

Some people find that as few as 8 sessions may be all that is needed. For others, progress happens over several months. Deep-seated issues may take years to heal.

The good news is that at any time you can suspend counseling and take your growth with you. Counseling can also be restarted at any future date without any significant loss of momentum.

Do you accept health insurance?

If you are covered by PPO health insurance, in many cases they will reimburse you at their out-of-network rate. At the end of each month I provide you with a claim form which you can submit to your insurance. Payment for my services is required in full at each session.Health insurance varies greatly from plan-to-plan. Please call them to learn about the extent and limits of your coverage for mental health. Questions you should ask include:- What is my coverage for outpatient mental health?- What is the reimbursement rate for an out-of-network provider?- How many sessions are covered per calendar year?- What is my deductible and how much has been met?

Where can I download the paperwork for new clients?

I look forward to meeting you in person. Please find the forms you need to fill out below. If you are unable to fill out the forms ahead of time, please arrive 20 minutes early to your appointment. There will be a copy of the forms ready for you in my waiting room.

Required: Please print and fill out my New Client Forms.
Optional: My Detailed Questionnaire helps me get to know you better.

Can you prescribe medication?

The combination of medication and talk therapy is often the most effective treatment for many. I do not prescribe medication personally, but I can provide you with appropriate referrals to psychiatrists. With your permission, I will also maintain contact with your psychiatrist, to ensure that you get the best possible care.

Is counseling confidential?

What is shared between a counselor and his/her client is protected by law. Most people highly value the safety this provides. There are a few important exceptions. Examples of these are suspected child abuse; elder abuse and threats of physical harm to self or others.Your name and that you attend counseling will also never be revealed. Even if some one called and asked if you were a client, I would not reveal any relationship with you at all.

What if I can not afford counseling with you?

I do my best to offer a sliding scale to make therapy affordable.

If you need other resources, you may want to check out OpenCounseling for affordable options in your area (OpenCounseling is a website run by me, separate from my practice).

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Please call me at (949) 288-3123 if there are any questions I can answer. I want your experience to be as stress free as possible.