What are your qualifications? I have a Ph.D. doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and
I am licensed by the California Board of Psychology as a Psychologist (PSY #20491).
How do you work with people? I provide psychotherapy (also called therapy or counseling), coaching, consultation, groups, workshops, and educational lectures. How I would work with you or your loved one would depend on the particular concerns you bring forward, as well as your goals. There are many different methods I may use, but I encourage you to take an active role in the process, both during sessions and at home.
Are there benefits or risks to psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can have both benefits and risks. It can involve discussing unpleasant aspects of your life and can evoke a variety of negative feelings. The process of making change can be frustrating or difficult, and sometimes results in decisions or changes that may or may not be supported by others in your life. Benefits may include improved relationships, better self-awareness, solutions to specific problems, improved moods, better stress management, or improved motivation for living a healthier life. Although most people find the benefits outweigh risks, there is no guarantee that psychotherapy or other services will yield positive or intended results.
What happens at the initial visit? The first visit involves an assessment of your concerns from a broad perspective, clarification of your goals, and my recommendations for treatment. I aim to help you understand yourself better and to feel safe and understood in the process. If I believe your needs are beyond my expertise or scope of practice, I will suggest referrals.
What about confidentiality? I hold your confidentiality and privacy to the highest of standards. Most communication between a client and a psychologist is protected by law and requires your written permission to release information.. However there are exceptions to confidentiality when disclosure may be required by law even without your permission, which are detailed in my HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.
What is your cancellation policy? Since your appointment time is reserved exclusively for you, I require a minimum of 24 hours advance notice to reschedule or cancel an appointment. If you miss a session without canceling, or cancel with less than twenty-four hours notice, you are responsible for the full appointment charge.