Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your office located?

My office is located at 1460 7th Street, Suite 301, in Santa Monica. It is at the corner of 7th and Broadway next to the homeopathic pharmacy. There is plenty of metered street parking available.

What are your fees?

My standard rate is $200 per 50-minute session.

For 90-minute sessions, I charge $250. This is often preferred for couples and family sessions.

I also have some packages available:

If you pre-pay for four 50-minute sessions: $750/month
If you attend two 50-minute sessions weekly: $380/week
If you attend a group and a 50-minute session/week: $240/week

Do you take insurance?

I am considered “out-of-network,” which means you pay the fee up front and if you have a CA PPO policy, I will submit for you on your behalf monthly. Your insurance will then reimburse you directly based on your plan. I recommend you reach out to your insurance company for more information regarding your deductible and co-insurance to get an idea of how much they will reimburse you for therapy.

I have found insurance companies to hinder the therapeutic process by limiting who providers can see, only cover a minimal amount of sessions per year, and they reimburse clinicians at unsustainable rates.

I believe everyone deserves good therapy even if you do not meet the criteria insurance sets before they will reimburse. You are more than a diagnostic label, and I will care for you in all of your complexities, rather than minimizing you to a case number.

Ultimately, many people seek therapy when it is not “medically necessary” according to an insurance company. I do not want to be constrained by managed care and do my best to make the process workable for you.

I am happy to answer any other questions you have about insurance and finances.

How do I pay?

I accept checks, cash, all major credit cards, and health savings accounts. I do require a credit card on file in order to book the first session.

Do you do online sessions?

Yes, I can offer sessions through a HIPAA-compliant platform, which offers a convenient alternative when in-person sessions are not possible due to illness or other reasons. I recommend in-person sessions whenever possible, but realize this is not always doable.

When will I feel better?

That is the magic question! While everyone is different and every journey is unique, most people experience feelings of hope and relief early simply by initiating the therapeutic process. With consistent attendance, most clients find that their progress continues until they find a sense of stability. At this point, we move into the maintenance stage of therapy, where sessions can be tapered down to every other week or monthly. Others choose to remain in weekly therapy in order to have a regular time each week to process circumstances that arise.

I wish I could give you a set timeline, but that would be unfair. Everyone finds healing in the timing that is appropriate for them.

I will be checking in with you throughout the process to communicate my observations and elicit feedback from you about your needs and experience. This will help us to remain on the same page and avoid surprises and differing expectations.

If I leave, can I come back to therapy?

In most cases, yes. Many people need breaks from therapy, and I want to support you in that. If I do not think I am the best place to support your needs, I will be honest with you and help you find a better fit.

Are you LGBTQ+ affirming?

Yes! I am a strong advocate of the LGBTQ+ community and invite individuals of all genders and sexual orientations into my office.

Why do you do this work?

Like many clinicians, I came into the field as a result of my own struggles. I have been blessed to have amazing therapists and mentors to support me throughout my life and I wanted to fill that role for others. After finding this healing and support, I gained the training and education necessary to pursue this work full time. I consider my own recovery to be on-going, so I am always pursuing healing, insight, education, and connection. This in turn aids me in growing my ability to support everyone who comes in my door and privileges me with the opportunity to serve.

I am excited to partner with you in recovery. Call today to learn more about how that journey begins.