Frequently Asked Questions. These are some commonly asked questions and concerns when people are looking for health services. If you've further questions, feel free to e-mail, call, or text me directly.
Do you accept health insurance?
No, I do not accept health insurance. I am a private practice therapist and work on a fee-for-service basis. This allows me to provide individualized care without the limitations imposed by insurance companies.
Do you offer remote sessions?
Yes, I offer only remote therapy sessions. We can connect through secure video conferencing platforms, ensuring privacy and convenience for both of us.
What can I expect during the first session?
During the initial session, we will focus on getting to know each other and understanding your concerns and goals for therapy. I will ask you questions to gather relevant information and discuss the therapeutic process. We will determine what the best next steps are in terms of scheduling, resourcing, or referrals.
How long are therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions typically last 50 minutes. This time allows for in-depth discussions while also ensuring that we stay within a manageable time frame.
How often should I attend, and how long does therapy usually last?
Depending on your goals and needs, we can meet once per week, once every other week, or once a month. The pacing is determined by your need, my schedule availability, and the general scope of service being provided.
Likewise, therapy can last 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or longer, or a lifetime -- all depending on what your goals and circumstances are.
What is your approach to therapy? What makes you different?
I utilize an integrative or eclectic approach to therapy. Clients will often remark that my approach is less clinical, more personable, and more approachable and user-friendly, thanks to my adaptive and flexible style. While I draw from many modalities of therapy, theories of mind, and social science research, I draw primarily from a few. This includes:
Psychodynamic exploration and psychoanalytic interpretation (an exploration and story-weaving of your history, family, and past patterns)
Solution-focused strategies (identifying and leveraging your strengths)
Gestalt techniques (role-play, awareness practice, and in-the-moment techniques)
What are your qualifications? What is your background in, as it relates to counseling?
I am a social scientist and educator at heart. I also have a unique lived experience across a wide spectra of society that includes LGBTQ activism, experiential art, theater and event production, personnel support, data research, college administration, and animal care.
Bachelor's degree in Sociology
Master's degree in Clinical Psychology
Registered AMFT (license 121201) in California, supervised by LMFT and LCSW clinicians
6 years of harm reduction and public health outreach advocacy
2 years of LGBT outreach and volunteer recruiting
2 years of community mental health training
Clinical trial experience with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy
As a therapist, what do you specialize in? Is there anything you do NOT do or specialize in?
As a therapist, I specialize in these topics: codependency and relationship recovery, dating anxiety, substance use moderation, ADHD support, family-of-origin stress, stress related to performance anxiety or stage fright, and psychedelic integration. You can find a more thorough list on the main website page.
I specialize in supporting people who tend to identify somewhere on these spectra of human identity and interest: LGBTQ, mixed-race or immigrant family, teens (14+), adults, military, creatives, new fathers, social service workers, entertainers and artists, spiritualists.
I am not the appropriate therapist for anyone requiring or desiring hospitalization, experiencing active self-harm and threat-to-safety concerns, seeking expert witness support related to lawsuits (i.e. divorce, worker's compensation, custody), or experiencing active physical or emotional abuse within a relationship. Part of this is due to the scope of my expertise, and part of this is due to the 'remote' nature of sessions.