FAQ


Are you accepting new clients?

Yes, I am at this time (July-August 2022).

What is the wait time to get an initial assessment?

It depends. On average, for new Clients, around 1-3 weeks depending on availability.

How do I pay for sessions?

You may pay for sessions by Zelle, cash, check, transfer, or credit/debit card.

Do you take my insurance?

No. I am an out-of-network provider, so I am not in insurance networks and I do not accept insurance. I am able to provide you with superbills that you can provide your insurance company if you are eligible for reimbursement (see below).

Why don’t you take insurance?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to work with insurance companies as a private practice psychologist, and especially as a therapist that often works with relationship issues. First, insurance usually does not cover couple therapy, family therapy, sex therapy, or relationship therapy for individuals. Second, if services are covered, insurance companies pay psychologists rates that are far below the market value of our work and expertise. Finally, taking insurance takes up a lot of time related to documentation and paperwork, answering questions, scheduling phone calls, etc... and it is not feasible for me to devote hours of time to paperwork rather than my clients.

Will my insurance company reimburse me for your services after the fact?

They may. If your insurance plan provides out-of-network coverage, you may be able to submit a claim for reimbursement for part (not all, usually) of your session fee. Please note I cannot guarantee you will get reimbursed from your insurance. Coverage and reimbursement rates vary significantly depending on the insurance company and plan, and you may need to meet your deductible first.

 

If you are interested in using your PPO insurance, it is suggested that you call your provider and ask about their policy on out-of-network behavioral health care. You will want to know (1) the amount of your deductible and (2) what percentage of behavioral health services they will reimburse you.

You mention relationships a lot, do you do individual therapy?

I absolutely do. I have expertise in evidence-based psychotherapies for a range of individual mental health concerns, including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the gold standard treatment approach for anxiety and depression. I view my work with individuals as being richly informed by my additional specialized training. The merging of these skill sets promotes thinking about long lasting change that starts with you, but also focuses on how you grow and find enjoyment and wellbeing in all of the contexts that you live in (i.e., relationships, family, work, culture).  It also allows for rich case conceptualizations and treatment goals that take into consideration how the world affects you.  Change is personal, but also impactful. Individual therapy with me promotes resilience in the nuances of your life, and also fosters skills to successfully (and gracefully) navigate your understanding of who you have been, who you are, who you spend your time with, and who you want to be.

Do you have a sliding scale and/or pay-what-you-can?

I am not offering sliding scale or pay-what-you-can at this time. When considering the cost of therapy, keep in mind that the evidence-based treatments I use are time limited. People who work with me can expect to reach their goals quickly and to end therapy within a reasonable length of time.

It can feel uncomfortable to discuss money, and good quality therapy can feel expensive. Initial intake fees are rarely adjusted for any reason, as I conduct a valuable diagnostic intake interview that would be beneficial for most future/other mental health services. Please do feel free to speak with me about any concerns you have about the cost of treatment. Sliding-scale and pay-what-you-can refer to short and long term discounts for sessions, based on financial need. I occasionally offer reduced fees for my services on a limited basis. I find this important for diversity, opportunity, and during the current pandemic. I often base these decisions on fit with my areas of expertise. Reduced therapy fees and qualification requirements must be discussed and agreed upon during consultation, prior to the intake. This agreement will then be documented in writing. 

How long does treatment last?

Therapy with me typically lasts for 12 to 20 weekly sessions. The length of time will vary based on whether we both feel you’ve made significant progress towards the goals we outlined at the start of treatment. Research suggests that when therapists use effective methods, there is not much benefit to continuing treatment beyond about 20 to 25 sessions. Towards the end of treatment, some clients choose to have occasional monthly sessions to check in on how well they’re independently maintaining progress.

Treatment length may need to be reevaluated over time if we uncover/discuss new areas you’d like to work on. Sometimes, individuals benefit from a longer treatment course — especially if we are addressing more than one concern or goal, or ongoing stressors. I will be able to offer you a better idea of the course of treatment after the initial assessment period.

What is your cancellation policy?

Sessions must be cancelled with at least 48 hours’ advance notice or the client is charged the full session fee. This is because I’m typically unable to fill a session with such short notice and I have scheduled others around our designated time. Please note that if you are being reimbursed through an out-of-network arrangement, you will be responsible for the full price of a missed session out of pocket regardless of your regular payment methods as these methods do not cover no-show fees.

Do I have to have weekly sessions?

I am ethically bound to engage in treatment that is beneficial to you. I have often found that a bi-monthly structure prevents accurate self-monitoring, and often prevents me from understanding what is most helpful for clients at the onset of therapy. For individual therapy, I will require that we meet weekly for 6-8 weeks, after which we can discuss the benefits or concerns of a bi-monthly format. For couples therapy, I require 8-12 weekly sessions at the onset of therapy. For evidence based trauma-focused therapy, weekly sessions are required for the duration of the 12 week evidence-based modalities.

Do you treat children?

I treat Adolescents (13+) in individual, group, and family/relational contexts. I do not treat children younger than 13.

How do I/we know if it is a good fit?

Often we have a brief chat prior to your intake session and we can usually pick up on any major differences at that time. However, you won’t know if it is a good fit until we meet for a few sessions. Having a good relationship with your therapist is essential for reaching your goals and positive therapy outcomes. (For couples/relationships, this means everyone attending the sessions.) I understand that my approach will not fit with everyone. After a few sessions together, we will touch base to check on how everyone is feeling about our sessions. The best chances of success in therapy are made when you feel a positive connection with your therapist. So, if it is not a good fit, I would much rather refer you to someone with whom you can have that supportive connection.

How do I know if I need couples/relationship therapy?

I strongly believe every relationship can benefit from relational/couples therapy - whether it is to help with existing problems/challenges or to strengthen an already stable relationship. If you are unsure if you need to seek a therapist, some things to consider are if you feel like your relationship is negatively impacting your sleep, job, parenting abilities, appetite, decision-making abilities, or relationships with friends/loved ones. If you feel like you are having the same arguments over and over, or there is a lack of communication/affection/intimacy, or you are finding yourself like "roommates" instead of romantic partners, these may be indicators that it is time to seek a trained professional for help.

How do I know if I need Sex Therapy?

A fulfilling sex life is vital to your health for many reasons. Physical and emotional elements of a healthy sex life have far-reaching benefits, including lower blood pressure, better heart health, and reduced stress. Sex is also just a natural, fun part of life and provides peak experiences for you and/or your partner(s).

However, for some people, sex is a source of great anxiety, worry, pain, or distress. Sex therapy is an integrative approach to treating and eliminating underlying challenges. These concerns may be physical, such as low circulation. They may also be psychological concerns, such as anxiety, stress, and confidence issues. For this reason, sex therapy begins with a thorough assessment that addresses which paths to explore: like a medical/physical exam, individual therapy, and/or relational therapy. It is not uncommon to require a checkup with your doctor before moving forward with talk therapy.

Sex therapy can help individuals and couples find a way to have open, honest communication so that they can work through any concerns or challenges toward a joyful, rewarding sex life.

What types of couples/relationships do you work with?

The relationships/couples I work with come from diverse backgrounds with regards to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. In addition, the intimate relationships I work with present in a variety of different types of relationships. Intimate partners may engage in therapy in their early dating stages, for pre-marital work, for marital therapy/coaching, or for long-term relationship therapy/coaching. I also work with friendship relationships, work relationships, or really any sort of relational context where all of you would like to work on relating with each other more effectively (whatever that may look like in terms of goals).

Do you offer home appointments?

Yes, concierge services (house calls) are currently provided. I empathize with clients who have busy schedules and discreet privacy concerns. Additional fees apply to in-home services and are based on location and other additional costs/accommodations. At this time, COVID precautions must be discussed prior to the appointment. I received my first vaccine dose in 2020 and have been fully vaccinated since early January 2021. I received my 1st booster shot in October 2021. I have rapid tests on hand for day-of testing. Concierge services have a 72 hour cancellation policy (rather than 24 hours).

How are you providing services during the pandemic?

Most sessions are still being conducted via Telehealth services. I will likely begin limited Walk & Talk and Face-to-Face sessions in August 2022. These services are located in the West Hollywood and Hollywood areas of Los Angeles, California. Currently, I am also providing limited face-to-face concierge/home services as well. Pandemic concerns for both myself and the client will be discussed prior to concierge arrangements. I do not make exceptions to best practices.

What is minority stress theory and how does it impact mental health?

Minority stress is experienced by members of any stigmatized minority (as opposed to majority) group where members are marginalized through interpersonal prejudice, stigma, and/or discrimination. Minority stress process is a mechanism through which societal bias adversely impacts the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of minority people. The minority stress model, particularly as it relates to processes that disproportionately impact the LGBTQIA+ community, is based on factors associated with various stressors and coping mechanisms, and their positive or negative impact on mental health outcomes. Experiences of minority stress, or becoming aware of one’s stigmatized sexual orientation or gender identity, can further isolate individuals and highlight already difficult deficits in family or peer support. These experiences can be disruptive or even traumatic, and create an atmosphere of uncontrollability and unpredictability that often occurs with feelings of anxiety and depression. Often, attempts to control these emotional experiences lead to the very feelings one is trying to regulate. LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy can disrupt this cycle.

What are your therapy Intake fees?

After your free (and optional) 10-minute consultation phone call with me we will schedule your intake session. This first scheduled meeting with me as an individual therapy client is 80-minutes and charged at $390. Relational (multi-person) intake sessions are 50-minutes and charged at $390. In these sessions we will begin a thorough diagnostic intake assessment process based on your goals, your experiences, and who (if anyone) is joining you for therapy. 

What are your therapy fees?

Individual:

50-minute individual therapy sessions are $250.


Relational:

50-minute couple/family/sex/multi-person sessions are $275. Extended 80-minute sessions or assessment appointments may also be available on a case-by-case basis for a session fee of $400. 


What is a Good Faith Estimate and how do I get one?

Good Faith Estimate Notice

Beginning January 1, 2022, health care providers are required to provide a “Good Faith Estimate” (GFE) to clients who either do not have health insurance or are choosing not to use their health insurance to pay for services. The GFE must detail the costs that might reasonably be expected to accumulate over the course of one calendar year. The law requires that this estimate be provided when an initial therapy appointment is scheduled, prior to evaluation or creation of a treatment plan. Because of this, clients that pay for services out of pocket will be provided with a GFE that estimates cost for one year of weekly sessions. Please be aware that the majority of clients I see attend sessions for less than a year, but this estimate will be provided to comply with this new legislation.


For all uninsured and self-pay patients a good faith estimate of expected charges is:

  • available in a written document that is clear, understandable, and prominently displayed;
  • orally provided when the service is scheduled or when the patient asks about costs; and
  • available in accessible formats, and in the language(s) spoken by the patient.

What are your coaching fees?

There is no 'intake' session for coaching. Instead, you will fill out and submit my coaching questionnaire and consent forms at least 72 hours prior to our 1st coaching session. This allows me to prepare my individualized coaching agenda and we can jump right in to make the most of our time working together.
Individual Coaching Fees:

Individual coaching sessions are sold in packages of 45-minute individual (just you) coaching sessions.  

  • 2 sessions: $400
  • 4 sessions: $700
  • 6 sessions: $1000

Relational Coaching Fees:

Relationship (you +) coaching sessions are sold in packages of 45-minute relational coaching sessions.  

  • Capsule: 2 sessions: $500
  • Essentials: 4 sessions: $900
  • Full Course: 6 sessions: $1300