I’ve never been to therapy before. What should I expect?
You should expect a warm, inviting and safe space where you can feel free to share what you choose. The first session will consist mostly of information gathering. I will collect information about what is bothering you most and let you know what to expect going forward with your treatment. We will also talk through insurance or self-pay details. I usually use my patient portal to collect payment, but you may also pay in person at this time.
When should I consider therapy?
Most people feel ready to consider counseling or therapy when they feel emotional struggles, a significant transition or relationship issues have begun to affect their daily lives and their ability to cope.
How long does therapy last?
I tailor my therapeutic approach to each individual situation, so it’s impossible to say that here. However, many people find 3-6 months is enough to address their issues and feel better.
How do I schedule an appointment?
It’s easy! Just call or text me at 805/450-8909. I will chat with you briefly about what you’d like to talk about, collect your email and phone information, then send you a link to my practice portal on Simple Practice. Once there you can enter all your information, including insurance and payment info.
What insurance companies do you work with?
Currently, I’m a provider for Asuris, TriCare, and Aetna insurance companies, although this occasionally changes. If your company is not listed here, please don’t hesitate to contact me; there’s a good chance that they will reimburse you for at least part of my fee, and I can easily provide you with a superbill that you can submit to them.
Who is responsible for understanding benefits?
While I will do all the billing myself once I have your information, it is up to you to contact your insurance company before we start working together to confirm your benefits and co-pay, if you have one.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, medication must be prescribed by a doctor or psychiatric nurse. I’m experienced in helping people talk about their consideration of medication, and I’m happy to refer you to a doctor at your request.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled time. That way I have the opportunity to fill the time with another client. If you do not show up for your appointment or do not give me at least 24 hours notice, you will be responsible for the full cost of the session. In emergencies I will waive this policy, but that is at my discretion.