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Things to know...


Is what I say confidential?

As a licensed clinician in the State of California, I am bound by the National Counselor’s Association code of ethics and confidentiality. This means that unless you are a danger to yourself or others, or you know about a child being abused, I will respect your confidentiality.  


Is what my teen says confidential?

Sometimes, a teen wants to talk to a trustworthy and helpful person outside of usual family and friendship circles.  Therapy offers under-age adolescents conversations that are private, but not secret.  Therapists always have the duty to report when a client or someone else is in danger.  Otherwise, when there is a concern, I work with the adolescent to help him or her share these concerns with their parents in a timely fashion. Along the way, keeping parents posted on the progress of their child and I am available to talk whenever there are questions or concerns.


How often should I schedule sessions?

Most clients schedule a session once a week. Session frequency is based on clients needs. 


What about missed appointments or cancellations?

We all have hectic lives and I am happy to accommodate you whenever possible. I ask that you give 24-hour notice if you need to cancel an individual session. I also provide the option of conducting a session by phone or video. 


Do you accept insurance?

I am accepted by all health insurance carriers as an Out-of-Network provider. The fee is paid in full at the time of each session. At the end of each month, clients are provided with invoices which they are able to submit to their insurance companies for reimbursement.


How do I access my out-of network benefits?

On the back of your insurance card, there should be a toll free number for questions related to your mental health benefit. When calling, be sure to check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

~ What are my mental health benefits?
~ What is my deductible and has it been met?
~ How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
~ How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
~ Is approval required from my primary care physician?
~ Many of our patients are reimbursed up to 80% of the session fee. 



Ending Therapy

It is my goal to provide encouragement and support for clients when they are ready to end therapy, for any reason. It has been my experience that every client would like to end their therapy experience in a positive way. When you feel ready to end therapy, I will happily work together with you to finish your sessions well.

Sole Proprietor Practice

Each of the practitioners in this office is a sole proprietor, which means that the professional is in business for himself or herself.  This office is not a partnership, a joint venture, a professional corporation, or any other form of business organization. 

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