Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you provide?
Are online sessions just as good as being in person?
The short answer – yes! Online therapy is just as effective as meeting in person. All the nuances of facial expressions and body language can be seen through video just as they can in person. Many of my clients have commented that they prefer Zoom because they do not have to allocate additional time to travel to and from an office, deal with traffic, parking, etc. and they enjoy having their sessions from the convenience of their home or office.
The longer more technical answer – Telehealth refers to the use of digital technology to provide clinical services. Telehealth activities may include providing clinical services by telephone, email, chats, or video communications technology such as Skype and Zoom. All major counseling, psychology and social work associations have endorsed telemental health services. As the industry continues to progress and become more widely used by clients and practitioners, online counseling is on course to become as mainstream as face-to-face counseling. The use of online counseling has been validated by the US Federal government and most states, as illustrated by the billions of dollars dedicated to setting up and delivering telemental health services and the installment of the federal and regional offices advancing telehealth. http://www.telehealth.va.gov/, http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/about/telehealth/.
What is the cost of working with you?
My session rates are comparable with doctoral level specialist psychologists in Los Angeles. Please setup a free consultation to learn more about the rates for the specific services you are seeking.
I do not offer a sliding scale due to the limited number of client hours available. However, I know that not everyone is in a place to invest in individual therapy during certain life seasons. Although nothing can replace the value of personalized one-on-one or couples therapy, I do offer opportunities to learn and engage via blogs, videos, workshops, community events, and speaking engagements.
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Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
I do not bill directly to insurance but I do send a superbill to your insurance company for reimbursement. To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- What is my deductible for out-of-network therapy sessions?
The other option is that you can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to save by paying for therapy with pre-tax dollars.
What are the sessions like?
What qualifies you to do this?
This is a great question because there are a lot of people in the marketplace today branding themselves as life coaches with very little formal training or experience. It is important to know what qualifies someone to be working as a coach or therapist so you can make an informed decision as a consumer.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist which means that I have my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.), have completed over 3500 hours of supervised work with clients pre-licensure, and passed both the national and state exams to get licensed as a Psychologist by the state of California. I have over 9 years of experience working with couples and individuals and many many success stories under my belt.
In California, therapists can be licensed to practice at both the Masters and Doctoral level. A Masters Degree is typically 2 years of schooling whereas Doctoral programs range in length from 5-8+ years. I have a Doctorate which means I have received the highest level of training.
Most life coaches are not regulated by a board and do not have to undergo any sort of supervision or certification process to practice. They also are not required to complete any ongoing education (which we as licensed professionals are) to ensure that they stay up to date with changes and developments in the field.
While many life coaches are wonderful, it’s important to do your due diligence when hiring someone that is not regulated by a licensing board. In reality, it’s important that you do your due diligence no matter who you are hiring!
What is the difference between therapy and life coaching?
How can therapy/coaching help me?
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek guidance
- Learning new ways to reframe and cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need a therapist or a life coach? I can usually handle my problems.
Why do people hire a therapist/life coach and how do I know if it is right for me?
Does what we talk about in session remain confidential?
However, state law and professional ethics require me to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.