Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #96224
Masters of Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco
Bachelor Degree in Human Services and Sociology, George Washington University
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Frequently Asked Questions
What form of payment do you accept?
I currently accept cash, checks and credit card.
I do not accept health insurance at this time, but am happy to provide you with a receipt should you decide to seek reimbursement from your insurance company on your own behalf. Some insurance companies reimburse the entire amount, some reimburse a portion, and others do not reimburse at all. Please contact your insurance provider for further details regarding their reimbursement policy.
I have a few spots open for sliding scale, if the cost of therapy is not affordable for you. I believe that therapy should be accessible to everyone. I will do my best to either accommodate your financial needs, or provide resources/referrals if I am not able to see you at this time.
Do I need to be married to see a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Nope! Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is just the name of the license. Interestingly enough, many of us exclusively work individuals. In fact, I specialize in working with adults one-on-one. In our academic training as MFTs, we learn to be general counselors to see people of all walks and stages of life.
Will you share my information with other people?
What you share with me in the therapy room is confidential. This means that I will not share what we discuss with anyone, except in specific circumstances as required by law. These circumstances include if I believe you are at serious risk of harming yourself or someone else or if I have reasonable suspicion that child or elder abuse is occurring. If you would LIKE me to share your information with someone else in your life, you may sign a written release and I will be happy to do so.
How quickly can I be seen once I decide I would like to make an appointment?
I am usually able to see new clients the same week or week after an initial inquiry.
How long is a counseling session?
The therapy hour is 50 minutes.
How often and for how long do we need to meet?
The duration of therapy is a decision that is best made collaboratively between the therapist and client. I recommend meeting at least once weekly during the beginning stages of therapy, which can be decreased as clients make progress towards their goals. However, I try to be flexible in meeting clients however often works for their schedules and lifestyle, as long as the frequency we meet proves to be helpful and therapeutic. Therapy usually terminates when the therapist and client decide that the client has reached the goals he or she has set out to accomplish. This may be anywhere from a few months to a year or more. It really just depends on how much you would like to work on!
I obtained my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Counseling Psychology because I'm passionate about helping others feel healthy about their lives. I have experience in a variety of therapy settings in the Bay Area, and am currently working in my practice in the Laurel Heights/Inner Richmond neighborhood, specializing in young adult mental health.
When working with clients, I use an integrative approach, which means I utilize many different methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and various other psychological methods. I've found it to be most effective to create a flexible plan with everyone I work with in order to address everyone's unique concerns. I'm very open, non-judgmental, interactive and feedback-oriented. I love what I do. When I'm not in session I enjoy traveling, exercising, spending time with friends/family and listening to books on Audible.