What is you approach?
My primary approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, coupled with Hypnotherapy. I find that the two together help you make changes both to your rational brain and your emotional brain. All my work is trauma-informed, meaning that I make every effort to work with you in a way that helps you feel respected, empowered, understood, and hopeful. I also recognize the interrelationships between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
I specialize in short-term therapy, which is usually defined as 20 sessions or less, but also offer longer-term treatment when needed.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
The most central aspect of therapy is the caring relationship between the mental health professional and the client. Finding a therapist who is a "good fit" is therefore a key element to effective therapy. In order to get a sense of whether a therapist would be a "good fit", it helps to meet them first. That's why I offer a free initial consultation, in person or by phone. You can schedule an initial consultation by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.
What about insurance?
I accept all PPO plans. Even if I am not in your insurance network I can file insurance claims on your behalf to help you get reimbursed.
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What are sessions like?
We will meet for 55-60 minutes, typically once every week or two. I will take the time to fully assess what is happening in your life, so we can discover the sources of distress. We will establish goals for treatment together. At the end of most sessions you will receive suggestions for things to focus on at home, so that you end therapy not only feeling better, but with the skills to continue to make progress.
Do you do phone or video sessions?
During the pandemic all my sessions are by video or phone. That means that I can work with you even if you live in a different region, as long as you reside in California.
I'm going through a pretty hard time right now--should I start by going to the doctor, or going to a therapist?
If you are having trouble meeting your responsibilities due to depression or anxiety, or you feel you might be a danger to yourself or others, seeing a physician for a medication assessment is important. I strongly recommend, and at times insist, that clients with anxiety or depression symptoms, fatigue, trouble sleeping, or panic symptoms get a thorough physical exam and discuss their concerns with their physician to rule out any potential medical factors.
How often will we meet?
The decision of how often to meet is up to you, although I do make suggestions based on my assessment of your level of need. I encourage most people to begin by having weekly sessions, to get some momentum going. After that, if you feel stable, every other week can be ideal, so you have more of a chance to reflect on and practice what you’ve learned. I may suggest meeting monthly towards the end of our work, to help you feel comfortable about ending. After that, you might choose to come in for a session or two during a difficult time, to help you stay on track with your progress.
How long does therapy take?
It depends a great deal on the complexity of the problems you are facing, and your commitment to the work. While some change happens quickly through moments of insight and understanding, most occurs through patient, ongoing application of new behaviors and ways of thinking.