Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
Therapy is a very personal process. Research shows that the greatest predictor of success in therapy is the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. Therefore, not every therapist is for every person. I have been the best therapist some of my clients have ever had. I have also been the worst. I offer a free 15 minute consultation to help determine whether I would be a good fit for you. Request your free consultation today.
Where are you located?
I am located in Long Beach, California. Because I provide remote therapy using secure video chat to California residents, I'm able to work with you wherever you are!
Am I a good candidate for online therapy?
Online therapy is a convenient option for people with busy schedules or limited transportation options. We can discuss whether online therapy would be a good fit for you during our consultation call.
Online therapy is not appropriate for:
Clients experiencing serious psychiatric illness, active suicidal thoughts, or active thoughts of harm to self or others. In these situations, please seek immediate assistance by calling 911 or going to your nearest emergency room.
Crisis services or responses to crisis situations. Click here for crisis hotlines.
Clients actively dependent on substances.
Clients requiring regular therapeutic attention outside scheduled session times.
Clients who are non-verbal.
Other situations determined to be a poor fit.
What if I don't fit into any of your specializations? Can I still work with you?
I specialize in working with trauma, chronic stress and burnout, HSPs, and gifted and/or high-achievers. I also have experience in many other areas. If you'd like to work with me, you're welcome to schedule a consultation and we can discuss what you'd like to address in therapy. After the consultation, I will provide you with referrals if it appears you would more greatly benefit from working with someone else.
How often should I expect to attend therapy?
Therapy is most effective if done on a weekly basis. Any longer than that and we risk spending a large amount of your session catching up. This can make it difficult to get to the deeper work, which may prolong your total time in therapy.
Do you take insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider on PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) health insurance plans. If you have a PPO, our sessions may qualify for partial reimbursement once you have met your deductible. You would pay me the full session fee, and I would provide you with an itemized form, called a superbill, for you to submit to your carrier for reimbursement. Reimbursement rates vary by insurance plan.
For more information about how to verify your out-of-network benefits with your insurance company, click here.