What is a marriage and family therapist (MFT or LMFT)?
MFTs are healing arts practitioners licensed through the board of behavioral sciences in the state of California. Requirements include either a master’s degree or doctorate degree, 3,000 hours of supervised experience post-degree, and passing both a written and clinical vignette examination. MFTs treat individuals, couples, and families with a focus on understanding how people operate within the context of their families and look at problems from a relational standpoint. Please see www.camft.org for more information!
What is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC)?
LPCCs operate from a broader lens. We take into account individual development, personality, socioeconomic, ethnicity and cultural factors when to comes to addressing challenges. LPCCs also require either a master's degree or doctorate degree, 3,000 hours of supervised experience post-degree and passing a written and clinical vignette exam.
What forms of payment do you take? What are your fees?
I currently accept credit cards, paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org, venmo, checks or cash.
My current session fees are $175 per 50 minute session and $175 for initial evaluation. Discounts are available for pregnant moms/families with a child under the age of two, students, military and veterans, and people with limited income depending on space available. Please ask about your individual situation. I do not bill insurance companies directly but if you have a PPO or HSA/FSA I can provide a receipt that you may be able to turn in for reimbursement depending on your individual benefits. By not billing insurance directly I am able to provide more privacy for my clients and without a third party dictating how we do therapy. Many PPO insurance companies will reimburse for out of network services and I can help you with this process.
How do I choose a therapist?
Research has shown that the best predictor of a good therapeutic outcome is how comfortable a client feels with their therapist. During our first session it is a time for both of us to get to know each other. I will take a thorough background and give you a treatment plan on what interventions I feel might be the most effective and what your treatment course might look like. I encourage my clients to ask questions and give me ongoing feedback about what is helpful or not helpful.
As of March, 2020 I am offering teletherapy in order to allow clients to continue to access safe, confidential support in spite of the pandemic. Offerings include therapy and EMDR by phone or secure video platforms. Contact me to find out more.