Common Questions When Starting Therapy: The Top 13
This FAQ (or list of frequently-asked questions), hopefully answers the majority of your initial questions prior to starting therapy. If you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to use the contact form below and ask away!
Yes, I am currently accepting clients with flexible scheduling including evenings and weekends to meet your needs.
My usual and customary rate is $120 per hour for a typical 50-minute session. Half-sessions (25 min) are $60 and longer sessions (75 min) are $180. Group sessions are 90 minutes long and cost $50 per session. Consider therapy as an investment in yourself – you are worth it!
At this time, I am not accepting any insurance plans. You may be able to seek reimbursement if you have out-of-network coverage. Other options may be shorter 25 minute sessions or group therapy. Please let me know if you would like to consider any of these possibilities that may help you better afford therapy.
If finances are a concern, I would be glad to speak to you about how either half-sessions or group therapy may suit your needs. If you need a lower fee or someone who accepts your insurance, I would be glad to help you with a referral.
When choosing to pay my fees directly (self-pay), the cost of service will be higher, however your privacy will be protected and what is said in therapy is truly just between us (other than disclosures that may be required by law which apply to all patients regardless). No insurance company would review your session notes, limit treatment, and you wouldn't even need to receive a formal diagnosis. We can immediately focus on what matters to you most without interference.
I specialize in the treatment of relational trauma, I am also experienced to work with anxiety disorders, depression, behavioral problems in teens and children (5+), and a range of family issues such as communication and bonding.
The first step is to contact me and let me know what you are needing and looking for in therapy. When you provide me your information, I will call and consult with you for approximately 15-20 minute. This is a great time to have any addressed any questions and concerns you might have. It's also the start of getting to know each other, so we can decide if it sounds like I can address your concerns and that you are fully informed about the commitment you would be making.
Prior to coming in, you will have completed basic intake paperwork and a questionnaire through the online client portal. During the first couple of sessions, I focus on assessment so I can best understand your concerns and circumstances. There will be more questions on my part than will typically be the case in subsequent sessions. In addition to questions based on your presenting concerns, I do have some standard questions that I ask all patients, some of which can feel intrusive if you're new to therapy. All questions are important to gain a comprehensive understanding and can yield some important and unexpected discoveries.
At any time, you are welcome to decline to answer a question I ask (or wait until more trust is established). Good assessments that effectively target the problems and goals rely upon the information provided. Having said that, and having been a client myself, I definitely understand and honor your process of coming to trust and share when you are ready.
In these first couple sessions, we should reach an agreement about the problem and an approach to treatment. This is a collaborative endeavor that we negotiate together. I do not force change but rather invite it. I will offer possibilities and seek your input regarding your preferences and we can consider what has worked or not worked in the past. After we chart our course, we embark on the challenging but rewarding task of therapy!
All forms are available in my SimplePractice portal, a secure service where you can complete and sign all standard paperwork. Please complete the intake paperwork at least 24 hours prior to your first appointment.
My office is located in downtown Davis at 260 Russell Blvd, Suite D-1, Davis, CA. This is at the corner of Russell Blvd and B Street, across from City Hall and Central Park. For directions and parking info, click here.
When there is shared legal custody, regardless of who has physical custody, this becomes a thorny issue. I require consent of all legal guardians to be assured that therapy stays focused on the mental health of your child and does not become part of a dispute (such as custody). In cases of separate custody, prior to the start of therapy I require a copy of the current custody agreement to review. In certain circumstances, for youth age 12 or older, I may be able to seek consent for treatment from the minor himself/herself. In all cases, children and youth being treated have a right to privacy much like an adult would. Privacy is one of the hallmarks that makes treatment effective and I defend it vigorously. As a final note: I do not make custody recommendations.
Depending on your condition, I may discuss with you the possibility of a referral to your primary care physician or a psychiatrist for medication evaluation. I can assist you with referrals to providers, if needed.
Only a board licensed physician may prescribe you medication. I do not make recommendations about medication or changes to existing prescriptions. When clients are linked with such a provider for medication, generally I will coordinate with them regarding your care.
That's perfectly OK! If this is your first time, therapy can be a little weird and you understandably feel vulnerable when asked personal questions from a stranger. Even if you've had therapy before, it makes sense to be cautious until you perceive sufficient trust to share. My commitment to you is to honor your pace. I may nudge in certain areas (particularly during assessment) but will respect your boundaries about what you share. You can let me know when you wish not to answer and I will also monitor your reactions and adjust accordingly.
If there are any questions I can answer that will ease your nervousness, please let me know and we can discuss them in our consult call.