Frequently Asked Questions

It can be confusing to start services with an individual healthcare provider. Here are some commonly asked FAQs to help you navigate this process. 

Are you in network with any insurances companies?

No. I am out of network. Many health insurance plans have out of network coverage. Inquire with your insurance carrier and ask the question, “what are my out of network mental health benefits?” to learn about your coverage.

Do you submit insurance claims?

Yes. Even though my practice is out of network, I am able to submit the insurance claims for you. I can also provide you with a superbill if you’d rather submit the claim on your own.

Are you meeting in person with clients?

No. At this time, services are delivered in a telehealth format using Zoom. In person services will resume at a later date.

What if my child doesn’t want to participate in therapy at this time?

This is a common frustration many parents face. Change is needed but not everyone is on board. Therapy is best when it’s voluntary so I only work with individuals who are willing to participate. That being said, your child doesn’t need to be highly motivated or have clear goals in mind to get started. If your child is willing to join me in a conversation about their experience, that’s adequate to get started.

Can I still see my general therapist while doing CBT for anxiety or OCD?

Generally, yes but it's evaluated on a case by case basis. If you have a supportive therapist in place then we will create specific treatment objectives that don’t overlap with the supportive therapy. Therapist collaboration can be very helpful in these situations so I may ask you to sign a release of information so I can check in with your other therapist. 

Are parents always involved in the child’s therapy?

 

There is typically some level of parent involvement in each session. It depends on a variety of factors including the child’s ability to share important information when parents are present, comfort levels, and therapist recommendation. There can be a lot of flexibility around this issue and in the end, the emphasis is on whatever dynamic leads to progress and symptom reduction.

How is CBT different from other therapy approaches?

For starters, CBT comes from an understanding that your thoughts have an impact on your feelings and actions. Many interventions are geared toward better understanding your thoughts and the role they play in your daily choices. CBT is also an evidence-based therapy for anxiety, depression, trauma and many other issues related to mental health. 

Is telehealth a good fit for everyone? 

No. Children with moderate to severe attentional issues may not be able to maintain adequate focus for a full therapy session, which may interfere with progress. There are a number of therapists meeting in person so that option may be a better fit. Telehealth gives people wider access to high quality therapy since you are no longer bound by how far you're willing to drive. *Note - I can only provide therapy in California.

Can I decide whether to begin therapy after meeting you?

Yes. A phone consultation is a good opportunity to discuss your needs and whether my practice is a good fit. It's also possible to schedule an intake session which can further help you decide if you would like to move forward.  

How long is each therapy appointment?

Therapy appointments are either 45 minutes or 75 minutes in length.

Do you offer phone appointments?

Yes. Phone appointments can be used in place of video if needed or preferred.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is a 48-hour cancellation policy in place. If you need to cancel or move your appointment, please send notification 48 hours in advance or there will be a late cancellation fee.

What is your license number? Can I verify your license?

My license number is LPCC 368. You can verify my license on the California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Verification website here

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What is a good faith estimate?

A good faith estimate is an estimate of anticipated therapy costs for individuals who do not have or use insurance to assist with the cost of therapy. Learn more from my website and the No Surprises Act.