Where is your office located?
582 Market St. Suite 405
San Francisco, CA 94104
How do I set up an appointment?
1. Call me at (415) 617-5839 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a free 30-minute, in office or by phone, consultation.
2. During the consultation I will ask you some questions to get to know you and your situation better and to assess if I can best help you.
3. If we both feel it is a good fit we can then look at a time that works best for weekly sessions.
What is your fee?
My fee is $180 for a 50-minute session. I accept cash, check and Venmo.
Do you have a sliding scale?
Yes. I hold a certain number of slots for those who need a lower fee based on income and life circumstances. Feel free to contact me regarding availability for these slots.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions are 50 minutes.
What are your hours?
My office hours vary. I have two days a week available into the evening until 8pm. I have two days a week that I start as early as 10am. The office is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Do you take insurance?
No. I am considered an out-of-network provider. I do provide receipts that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Please check your coverage carefully by calling your plan representative.
What should I expect on my first visit?
During the first session we will be getting to know one another. We will clarify what it is you desire from therapy and what your experience has been thus far. If you are in crisis or distress, my first priority will be support and stabilization.
What if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel please notify me by a phone call, text or email. I require 24 hours notice. If a cancelation is under 24 hours you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
What kind of therapy do you do?
My work is made up of several proven therapeutic modalities. These include Humanistic, Relational, Transpersonal, Psychosynthesis, Hakomi (Somatic) and some CBT.
Why do you focus on women?
With all the various roles and care women give, I find they often forget about their inner world and need support themselves. It’s a deep and meaningful process to help them blossom into the unique essence of who they are, not just what they can do.
Do you work with men?
Yes! Men make up about 30% of my practice.
Do you work with couples or families?
No, I do not. I work with individuals around relationships but not in dyads or family units. I have some basic skills to work in these areas but I find that they are each a specialization that need in depth training to be most effective. I have strong referrals I can offer.
Do you work with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicity and religion?
Yes, I do. I am a strong advocate for equal rights, awareness of privilege and openness to faith and spirituality. I welcome clients of all faiths, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
How long will therapy take?
This answer varies for each person. Everyone has their own pace and commitment to the work. I am continuously tracking to meet the client where they are, assessing movement towards their goal while simultaneously not pushing them too quickly in their development. When the pace is too fast for a client they are unable to integrate the learning, which can impede progress.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals.
Why do people come to therapy?
There’s a wide range of reasons people seek out therapy. Sometimes a person is going through a life transition that uproots them in a way they’re unable to effectively manage stress and anxiety. There can be a specific focus they want to heal, such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self-esteem, unresolved childhood issues and so on. Some individuals want help to achieve a specific goal and come to therapy to explore psychological or creativity blocks. And often times individuals come in to explore the depths of who they are and their potential in this world. People who seek therapy are ready to meet challenges and make changes in their life.
How is therapy helpful?
Therapy is a safe space to explore intimate thoughts and experiences. I have found the relationship between the client and therapist provides the biggest impact for transformation. Once a sense of safety and connection is established, you will be able to disclose your vulnerable self in a nonjudgmental, empathic, and supportive relationship. This may then lead to a deeper understanding of your self and a new way of relating to your self and your life circumstances. Over time, this may lead to a higher level of functioning, a sense of peace, acceptance and more stable confidence. However, therapy also depends on one’s level of motivation and commitment. Therapy can be difficult at times and requires some attention, patience, and self-exploration.