What is an MFT?

A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), also known as a Psychotherapist, is trained to assess and treat a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and relational issues. MFTs are qualified to practice psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and children.  To become licensed to practice psychotherapy in the state of California, MFTs are required to obtain a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, complete 3000 hours of supervised training, and pass two state board licensing exams.

How do I know if I need therapy?

If you find that painful emotions, self-defeating habits, troubled relationships, loss, life changes, or other difficulties are interfering with your quality of life, then therapy may be helpful for you.  It can help you work through a difficult patch for short-term therapy, or offer consistent emotional support for longer term therapy.  Therapy is completely voluntary and you can stop at any time.

How do I get started with therapy?

As with anything, getting started is often the hardest part.  It is important that you choose a therapist who you feel comfortable with. I recommend calling for a free 15 minute phone consultation to begin.  We can discuss your specific needs and goals for therapy, answer any questions you may have, and determine how therapy may be helpful for you.  We can then schedule a time to meet in person if it feels like a good fit.

How often do people go to therapy? 

Sessions are typically once a week for 50 minutes, though some clients choose to meet more or less frequently.

Do you accept insurance?

I am an “out of network provider”. This means I am not currently on any insurance panels.  However, it is important to find out about the mental health coverage on your particular plan because most plans offer reimbursement for out of network provider psychotherapy services.  Your insurance provider can give you specific information about your coverage and reimbursement rate.  I can help you with the insurance process and explain how it works during our initial phone call.

What is your cancellation policy?

I require 48-hour advance notice of a cancellation to avoid being charged full fee for your missed session.