COVID-19 Update: My practice remains open to all California residents via video visits during this challenging and unprecedented time. I am not seeing clients in person at this time.
I offer individual psychotherapy to adults and older adults struggling with a variety of mental health problems or stressors, including:
- Depression and low mood
- Trauma and PTSD
- Chronic pain
- Chronic illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and other medical conditions
- Grief and loss
- Life changes and transitions, including aging concerns and caregiver support
- Anxiety, including general worries, social anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
- Work stress
- Relationship difficulties and/or family stress
Individual Therapy Sessions
I believe that it is very important to find a therapist who is a good match for you. Prior to a first appointment, I offer a free 15-minute phone or video consultation, during which we can briefly discuss your concerns and review my treatment methods in order to determine whether I have the appropriate experience and resources to meet your needs. You will also have the chance to ask me any questions you might have in determining whether I am a good fit for what you are looking for.
After the phone consultation, we will meet for a first intake session, which will look different from our follow-up therapy sessions. During the intake, we can continue to get to know each other and I will continue to ask you a number of questions regarding your current concerns, as well as your history. This initial appointment will last about 50 minutes, at the end of which we will decide whether we should move forward in our work together. Occasionally, an intake may last several sessions.
Thereafter, therapy sessions are typically held weekly and are about 50 minutes long, though some clients prefer longer 75-80 minute sessions. We may decide to meet more or less frequently depending on your current needs and schedules.
Treatment length varies substantially for each individual, and it can last from weeks to months. If at any point you decide that you prefer to work with a different clinician, we can discuss appropriate referrals. If we continue to work together, and once we have made significant progress on your goals, we will begin discussing the process of termination. Termination might first include having less frequent sessions (biweekly, once a month, etc.) and eventually discontinuing individual sessions altogether.
If you’re interested in learning more, please see the policies and fees page.
Telehealth, TeleMental Health, Telemedicine, and Telepsychology are all similar terms for the idea of conducting psychotherapy sessions using audio or video technology. Research has demonstrated that therapy services conducted over phone or video were overall just as effective as in-person (or face-to-face) therapy. There are a number of benefits to telehealth, including the ability to have access to psychotherapy from the comfort of your own home (or other preferred location). The main risks to telehealth include disruption of sessions due to technical difficulties and lack of privacy depending on your location.
I am currently only doing telehealth sessions. For our telehealth appointments, sessions will usually be done through the Simple Practice HIPAA-compliant video system, and you will receive an email with a new link for each appointment. I will sometimes use RingCentral or Doxy as a backup option for telehealth sessions. Just like with in-person therapy, you are expected to be logged on and ready for your session at the scheduled time. Try to find a private and quiet location for the appointment in order to limit interruptions and ensure confidentiality and safety.
Group Therapy Sessions
I sometimes facilitate psychotherapy groups on various topics (including depression, anxiety, grief, chronic pain, etc.), depending on client interest and availability. This section will be updated if any groups are in progress or will soon start.
Evidence-Based Treatments Used in Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- TEAM-CBT (an advanced and specialized form of CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Prolonged Exposure for Trauma (PE)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
“Change your thoughts, and you’ll change your world.”Norman Vincent Peale