Clinical Approaches

My goal as your therapist is to help you live a happy and joy filled life outside of the therapeutic space. Each client receives an individual plan and the flow of treatment typically goes: 

  1. Initial/Intake Session: I gather history of you and gain understanding of the challenge that brought you to me. At the end, I will provide a clinical recommendation for treatment (including skills and timeframe/amount of sessions to minmally meet your goal).

  2. Second Session: Begin to build rapport with each other and address immediate issues.

  3. Following Sessions: Identify perspectives, self compassion, increase self understanding and implementing daily skills outside of therapy to enhance your emotional stability.

  4. Termination/Graduation: When you have achieved your desired goal from the initial session I always recommend booster sessions as to provide accountability for maintenance of your goals!

 

Blending various techniques that incorporate a healthy life will support you in living authentically. In my work, I like to look at the emotional, spiritual, physical and overall health of a person in order to create a harmony of these systems. Below are a few speciality areas that encompass this framework. 


2019 Fee's 

●  First session for initial assessments/treatment plan are charged at $175 (75 minutes)

●  Following weekly/biweekly sessions (regardless of location) are charged at $120 (50 minutes)

● Couple's/Family sessions are charged at $135 (50 minutes)

● Concierge (in-home) sessions are charged at $150 (50 minutes)

● All sessions have a 48 hours cancellation policy that we go over during scheduling and consults

● I am also in-network with Blue Shield of CA (PPO), Magellan Health (part of Blue Shield), Aetna (HMO, PPO, Managed Choice, EAP). Please call your Member's Services to verify that I am in network and I can also run a screening too to verify benefits. 

● I can provide a super-bill or OON form for you to submit to your insurance plan for out of network reimbursement. I also have a few limited sliding scale slots available too, please discuss with me if finances are a barrier to you seeking quality therapy.


LGBT issues and challenges

I create a space of acceptance and self discovery to living openly as your authentic self. 

Using various education tools like the Genderbread, and Feminist and Queer theory's, I can help you understand intersectionality in sex, gender, desire and social, political and family constructs in your life. 

  • Transgender related challenges

  • Coming out

  • Sexuality

  • Parenting while identifying on the LGBT spectrum

  • Inclusion with family and friends


Family Systems

By taking en eclectic and creative approach to treatment I like to incorporate activities that enhance learning capacity. 

  • Family mapping to explore patterns within your family history and helping you understand why your family is the way it is

  • Gottman's theory to increase couple's relationship skills

  • Inclusion of special needs issues related to parenting

  • Pre/peri natal anxiety and depression in both parents


Trauma Informed Care

Understanding that various trauma's impact our emotions, physiological states and social angsts, I use the following skills and lens to process the trauma you or a loved one has experienced. Utilizing a combination of safe traditional office spaces and bilateral stimulation (walking) we can work together to overcome trauma.

  • Sexual Assault Survivor care

  • Seeking Safety (Substance Abuse and PTSD curriculum)

  • PTSD related anxiety and depression

  • Mindfulness Strategies to create a sense of calm