Common questions and answers about psychotherapy:
Q: Do you accept insurance?
I accept out of network, and I am in the Health Net Mental Health, Blue Shield Blue Cross, and Cigna networks.
Q: How do you charge? What type of credit cards do you accept?
At the moment, I accept cash and checks.
Q: How many treatment sessions will be necessary?
As each client is different, it depends on the unique situation. I normally don’t set a number of sessions.
Q: What are your licenses? What do they mean?
My licenses are Master of Arts, Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist.
Q: What should I look for in a therapist?
First of all, your therapist should be trained well. You should feel comfortable and also feel that you are understood. A good fit between client and therapist is very important, even more so than the theoretical orientation of the therapist. Also, ask your therapist if they are or have ever been in therapy, as it is important that the person has been a client and has experienced the power of therapy to foster insight and change. I believe that a therapist should know himself/herself well and work on personal issues to make sure they do not interfere with the treatment of clients.
Q: Do you charge for a first session?
Yes, but before we meet, we will have a phone conversation so I can learn about your needs and concerns, and you can ask me questions so we can decide if we should meet for a session.
Q: What is the difference between a psychologist or psychotherapist and a psychiatrist?
In general terms, a psychologist can perform psychological tests. A marital and family therapist does not do formal testing. A psychiatrist has a medical background and can prescribe medication, but usually does not do therapy.