top of page

FAQs

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.

2

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.

3

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please e-mail, call, or text me with your name, best contact method and information, and what you're looking for. I strive to accommodate your scheduling preferences as much as possible.

4

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.

5

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.

6

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.

7

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)

8

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

9

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.

bottom of page