Q: Can I get a copy of your office policies and confidentiality form here on your website?
A: Sure, you can download my forms here: office policies, intake form, privacy practices, therapeutic consent form & payment contract.
Q: What are your rates?
A: I seek to keep my rates current with the going fee for San Francisco. I also set aside a few reduced-fee slots, so if you have a financial concern, let me know during our phone call and I can let you know about availability.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: I am accepted as an “out of network” provider for most PPO insurance plans. Your plan may reimburse you for a portion of your expenses for therapy with an “out of network” provider. I can support you by giving you monthly receipts as a “super bill” to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. (A super bill is a specialized invoice that will include procedure coding, diagnosis coding, and session dates that your insurance carrier will need in order to reimburse you.) Please call your insurance company directly to learn about their policies for working with out of network providers and to insure coverage for the type of service you desire.
Q: How often are our sessions?
A: We will meet weekly. I find consistency is the most effective way to address whatever is bringing you into counseling. I also offer tune up sessions once or twice a month for recurring clients.
Q: Phone, Skype, in-person… how do our meetings work?
A: If we can, I’d love to meet in person at my offices in San Francisco. I also have some availability for Skype and phone sessions in case you are a long ways off or travel regularly, or for individuals who are unsure about how therapy can help them and would like to try online counseling before meeting with a live person. While online therapy will not likely replace “face to face” therapy, we see it as a great option for some people.
Q: What happens after I call or email you?
A: We will schedule a free 15 to 20 minute consultation so that you are able to share what you hope to get out of counseling, and I can answer any questions you have. If things feel like a fit we will schedule an initial session together.
Q: How effective is the type of counseling you offer?
A: Though everyone responds differently to various types of counseling, in my clinical work I use a variety of means to facilitate healing and progress. These modalities can be used in couples therapy as well as individual therapy, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Hakomi, Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychobiological approach to couples therapy (P.A.C.T.), mindfulness & meditation.