Frequently Asked Questions
What are all the different initials after therapists names?
Psychiatrists (M.D.) are medical doctors and can prescribe medication.
Psychologists (Ph.D.) have a doctorate in psychology, have completed an internship and are licensed by the state to practice.
Marriage, Family Therapists (MFT or LMFT) have completed a Master’s degree in psychology or counseling psychology. They have completed an internship and are licensed by the state to treat clients. Licensing may only be granted after 3000 hours of supervised work as an intern, and passage of 2 tests. Those with this license are qualified to work with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Post licensure, Continuing education is required.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (L.C.S.W.) have generally completed a two-year Master’s degree in social work.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not. I am happy to provide you a superbill to submit to your insurance for your PPO.
Do you help treat anxiety & depression? Can you help me with self esteem, jealousy, and confidence?
These are some of the area that I specialize in. I am confident I can help you with this. And if it turns out that what you're looking for isn't actually among my specialities, I will help you find someone who is the right fit for you.
What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
This is another one of my specialities. Expressive Arts Therapy is a type of therapy where I as the therapist offer a holding and reflective space for you to express yourself and mindfully engage in an experience. It is not the type of therapy where I as the therapist analyze you. I hold space for you to express yourself using a variety of art mediums. I ask you questions and you tell me about your experience. I have lots of ideas for how to use art and different experiences that I might lead you through so you can gain more insight about yourself, your experience, and conscientious living. You do not have to be an artist to work with me in these techniques.
How long is each session?
50 minutes once a week is the standard meeting time, especially when we first meet. Meeting more frequently allows us to dive in efficiently and deeply.
Can we do video therapy?
I provide therapy to clients anywhere in California and often have entirely online therapy relationships this way. I like to provide the flexibility to meet conveniently as I often travel myself and like to honor that adventurous spirit in others as well.
I also offer coaching to clients across the US and around the globe, so meeting online is an excellent way to connect.