COVID-19 Update: My practice remains open to all California residents via video visits during this challenging and unprecedented 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
- Anxiety, including general worries, social anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
- Grief and Loss
- Life Changes and Transitions
- Coping with Chronic Pain
- Coping with Chronic Medical Conditions
- Work or Family Stress
- Relationship Difficulties
Free Phone Consultation
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.
Individual Therapy Sessions
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.
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.
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 Sessions
- 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)