how does therapy work?
In short, therapy works by helping you make sense of your emotions and experiences while also using them as a guide to improve your quality of life. In our first session, I will ask general questions to gain a broad overview of your history and present situation. By the end of the first or second session, we will set goals for our work together. By this time I will have suggestions for future sessions and strategies to try at home. I personally hold these loosely, as I am still getting to know you and your challenges. Collaboration is essential. In between sessions I encourage you to track your experiences, and consider what you would like to explore for our next session. Over time you should see shifts in your self awareness, thoughts, communication, and emotions.
what is my commitment?
Finding a therapist can feel like dating, in a way. You’re looking for someone who makes you feel comfortable, understands where you’re coming from, and on top of that can add to work you’ve already started yourself. With this is mind, I do not assume clients will return for a second session. I do hope clients consider the differing nature of the initial sessions compared to ongoing work. At the same time, we can often sense how easeful our connection may be within minutes.
At the end of the first session, many clients do schedule a second appointment at the same day and time the following week. If we did arrange ongoing sessions, you are only beholden to my 48-hour cancellation policy. I hope if anything feels amiss in our relationship we can discuss this in session before terminating our work. I believe weekly meetings combined with the authenticity of our connection, fosters a solid foundation for healing.
do you take insurance?
I operate under the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy. While CMP doesn't bill insurance directly, I can offer a monthly statement for reimbursement to submit to your provider. If you are interested in pursuing reimbursement, be sure to ask your provider for your "Out of Network" benefits. The number on the back of your insurance card is a great place to start.
what if i live outside of San Francisco or the Bay Area?
I offer weekly phone or video chat sessions to folks within California. Let’s connect to see if distance therapy is a good fit for you!