Can you assure confidentiality of my private information?
Do you accept insurance?
I am pleased to provide you with what is called a "Medicare superbill" for the services I deliver. This is a receipt which you can submit to your insurance carrier to request a reimbursement.
Many insurance carriers accept superbills and reimburse for services in this way. Most do not cover the full cost of each session. Some pay as little as $50 per session and limit the number of sessions to less than 20, sometimes less than 6. Please consult with your insurance carrier to determine if and how much they reimburse for psychotherapy sessions.
Most insurance carriers do not reimburse for relationship therapy.
Please understand that to receive reimbursement under the American medical model of insurance, a client must be given a medical diagnosis. To be given a diagnosis, you must meet certain criteria which may have an impact on your insurance costs and coverage.
Upon request, provided one member of your relationship meets criteria for a DSM-based diagnosis, I can legally document it to better ensure insurance reimbursement.
If you have questions about this process, I'd be happy to discuss your desires and concerns. Simply contact me to schedule a session at which time we can devise a strategy suited to your specific needs.
Do you have a sliding scale fee structure?
I realize that good therapy can be expensive. After all, it is an investment in the quality of your life. And good therapists can be difficult to find.
If you are not currently in a position to afford my fee for the service you are seeking, I would be honored to offer you up to three referrals to colleagues I know and trust who may be in a position to work with your current budget constraints.
How long are sessions with you?
Do you see clients in the evening?
Do you see clients on weekends?
What are you like as a therapist?
From there, my clients and I work collaboratively to understand emotional and behavioral patterns and to create practical, effective alternatives to practice in and between sessions.
Over time this leads to positive change, increased motivation and more enjoyment of relationships and life.
My influences include
- Dr. David Shnarch
- Dr. John Gottman
- Dr. Esther Perel
- ISTDP for anxiety management techniques in session
- Transactional Analysis as a model most clients can grasp easily to judge the efficacy of their own behavior in their relationship
- Non-Violent Communication for simple, effective communication skills training.
- 8 years of private individual psychotherapy
- Extensive personal development work
- Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist and Tantric philosophy
- Dialectic reasoning
What is your professional education, training and experience?
- Currently providing psychotherapy services to the community through Kaiser Permanente since 2012.
- Provided inpatient, mental health social work services to our veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2005 to 2012.
- Provided psychotherapy services to the community through Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles from 2001 to 2004.
- Provided inpatient mental health services at the Las Encinas Hospital from 1993 to 1994.
- Provided psychotherapy services to the community through the Airport Marina Counseling Service from 1992 to 1993.
- Obtained advanced education in psychology through the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and the California Graduate Institute in 2004 and 2005.
- Completed the Co-Active Coach Training Program at The Coaches Training Institute (an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program) in 2004.