Frequently Asked Questions
Is Therapy right for me ?
The decision to seek therapy is very personal and can be for many different reasons. For most, it is because they are dealing with situations that make them feel lost, stuck, overwhelmed, and out of balance. If this seems familiar, you are not alone. Therapy is a great way to untangle confused thoughts and create a deeper more meaningful quality of life. I also provide a free 15-minute telephone consultation to discuss your concerns and ways we can work together.
Will I have to take medication?
As a therapist, I am not legally allowed to prescribe or advise on medication. That is also a very personal decision best discussed under the consultation and direction of a psychiatrist or physician. If medication is something that is decided upon, I can collaborate with your provider (with your written permission) to support your treatment goals.
How long are therapy sessions ?
An individual therapy session lasts about 50 minutes, while couples and family sessions last about 60-75 minutes, to allow everyone the chance to participate.
How many sessions will I need ?
The number of therapy sessions varies. Generally, one session per week is standard. The number of weekly sessions, as well as the legnth of time, is based upon what you feel you may need and the goals we set together.
Are the sessions private?
Please click on the "confidentiality" link to learn more.
How much do you charge ?
My fees are set at a very affordable and competitive rate ranging from $160 to $200. I also offer a limited amount of sliding scale appointments on a case by case basis depending on financial situation and need.
What types of payment do you accept ?
At this time the insurance plans I accept are : Blue Cross, Lyra Heath EAP and CA victims of Crime contracts. I also accept private, out of pocket payments, which may be made by cash, and major credit cards. If your insurance offers reimbursement of your full fee, I can provide superbills for submission to your insurance company. During your consultation, I can verify whether your insurance plan is one that is honored and inform you if a co-pay is required. All payments are due at the time services are rendered.
Where are you located?
My office is located 614 Grand Ave Suite 203, Oakland, CA in the beautiful Lake Merritt area. It is easily accessible from BART and AC Transit. There is also metered parking throughout the area.