What can we work on in therapy? Each person has a different challenge that brings them to therapy. We will work together to define goals for therapy that are tailored to your specific needs. Some areas that I may be able to help you with include:
- Assist in improving communication between you and your partner
- Building a stronger connection with your partner
- Decrease and manage conflict
- Creating a preventative self-care plan for pregnancy & postpartum
- Treatment for Postpartum Depression
- Treatment for Postpartum Anxiety
- Treatment for anxiety
- Treatment for depression
- Helping to process and understand feelings around a recent change or traumatic event
Where are you located? I see client's at 4080 Centre Street, Suite 202, San Diego.
Do you take insurance? I do not accept insurance and am not considered an "in network" provider for any insurance plans. Some insurance companies will provide "out of network" coverage for mental health services. This means that you may receive a reimbursement from your health coverage if you submit a receipt to them. I recommend contacting your insurance provider to discuss your mental health coverage prior to making an appointment with a therapist.
Why won't my insurance cover couple's counseling? For billing purposes insurance companies look to see if services provided are medically necessary. This means that a therapist will need to give one person in the couple a mental health diagnosis or substance abuse related diagnosis. Couples who come to therapy are usually working on issues related to communication or intimacy. Insurance companies do not consider these needs to be medically necessary.
Why not diagnosis me so that I can use my insurance? There are a couple of reasons why I don't diagnose couples. Some therapist's will give you a diagnosis. I am hesitant about giving a diagnosis because what that means is that we will be documenting in your medical record that you have a mental health diagnosis. As part of billing requirements for the insurance company I will then have to write a report every couple of sessions to document and make a case that you still have this mental health diagnosis and that you may be getting better but are not cured. This report is sent via fax or electronically and I can't control who views the report once it is sent. This means that I have no control over who sees the report and how it is used. The insurance company then has the right to approve continued sessions or deny continued sessions based on what is in that report.
Having a mental health diagnosis may impact your future employment because when getting a new job, they may ask - have you ever been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. A mental health diagnosis can also impact your ability to get life insurance, long term care insurance or disability insurance. When filling out the forms to get any of those types of insurance they will ask you - have you even been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.
As you can see, providing you with a diagnosis can have some unintended consequences. My goal as a therapist is to help people live a better, happier, less stressful life. Using insurance might be counterproductive to that goal.
How long will I have to come to therapy? Each person is different in what they are working on and how quickly they progress towards their goals. For this reason there is not a set length for counseling. In our first few meetings together I will have a chance to hear your story and we will begin to create goals for you to work towards in our time together. You decide when you have reached your goals. You are free to discontinue therapy at any time.
How long are the sessions? A typical session is 50 minutes long.
How often will I come to see you? Therapy works best when we meet consistently. For this reason I suggest weekly appointments.
What forms of payment do you accept? You may pay with cash, check, or credit card.
What are your credentials?
- BA Liberal Studies - San Francisco State University
- MA Education - University of California Santa Cruz
- MA Clinical Psychology - Antioch University Santa Barbara
- Trained in Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #84535
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How do I schedule and appointment? The best way to schedule your appointment is to click on the button below. This will take you to my online scheduler where you will be able to see my availability and to schedule your appointment. Or you can call me at 619-383-1900.
Please feel free to contact me at 619-383-1900 with any other questions. I look forward to hearing from you!