Where is your office located?
Anywhere in California! Providing virtual services is a benefit. I also can provide services to temporary residents. I can be your therapist as long as you live in the state of California.
In the future, if I have a physical office location, it will be in central Contra Costa County.
What are your office hours?
How long is a typical session?
What do I do to get started?
What is an initial free phone consultation?
I want to be sure that I can help you. An initial free phone consultation is an opportunity for you to tell me why you are looking for help and your most important concerns. I can then tell you about myself and my style of therapy, which gives you more context to ask any questions you have.
Once you agree that you would like to work with me, we can talk about scheduling and the process of getting started
With what kinds of clients do you work?
Are you an inclusive therapist?
What can I expect in the first session?
What is therapy like with you?
A lot depends on you and your needs. I customize therapy to meet the individual. Sometimes, it may seem like an easy conversation you might have with a friend. At other times, we may focus on a particular problem and develop a plan for addressing the issue. At other times, there may be less talking and more focusing on how you are experiencing yourself and the environment around you.
In general, my goal is for you to experience therapy as safe and enjoyable. Some clients have even described it as fun!
Do I have to tell you everything?
An important aspect of my approach is that you do not have to tell me every detail of every bad thing you’ve experienced. You are welcome to talk about your topic of choice.
But there are specific topics I am likely to inquire about deeply – such as thoughts of self-harm, use of substances, domestic violence, etc., which are essentially about safety.
I want you to be safe in and outside of therapy, so being honest about such topics helps me help keep you safe. Otherwise, diving deeply into painful past experiences runs the risk of traumatizing you again, and we want to avoid that whenever possible.
What are the risks and benefits of doing therapy?
I try to minimize the risks as much as I can, for instance, avoiding re-traumatization from reliving painful experiences. Other things you might perceive as risks include mandated reports for child and elder abuse and the danger of harming oneself or others. I am not a mandated reporter for domestic violence unless you have a specific plan to hurt someone.
While there are no guarantees, the potential benefits of therapy are virtually unlimited because it is all about your growth potential. Invest yourself in therapy with me, and you open up a world of possibilities in terms of living life with more pleasure and ease. The measure of whether therapy is helping is if you feel better and able to do and enjoy more in your everyday life (not what I pre-determine is a successful outcome for you).
How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me?
Is our work confidential?
The legal and ethical standards of the state of California and my professional association, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, protect your confidentiality during therapy sessions. I keep your information confidential.
I may consult with another professional to ensure I’m doing my best work, but I will omit your name and identifying details for your privacy. There are also mandated exceptions to confidentiality, which are suspected child or elder abuse, or if you make a serious threat of harm to yourself or others.
How long have you been in practice?
What are your strengths as a therapist?
I am warm, genuine, and attuned to my clients. My priority is to create a relationship in which you feel safe. This safety allows you to bring the most relevant topics to your healing.
I am always seeking to improve my clinical skills in helping clients. So, I’ve participated in several training programs in addition to my graduate degree to ensure I’m the best therapist I can be.
What do you enjoy about being a therapist?
Have you been in therapy yourself?
What is your educational background?
I attended California State East Bay for my Master’s in Counseling. My undergraduate degree in Economics is from Johns Hopkins University.
I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and an Organic Intelligence Coach-in-Training. I’ve also received training in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.
What is the best way to get in touch with you?
Pick up the phone and call (925) 236-0826 or send a contact form through my website – whichever way is easiest for you. If I don’t answer the phone, I’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
Do you prescribe medications?
Are you licensed?
Am I allowed to ask personal questions?
Cats or Dogs?
I have owned both cats and dogs, but currently, my rescue dog, Stewey, is by my side. He is a terrier mix and is incredibly sweet and cute.