faq

Choosing someone to support you in your healing is an important decision.

To help you decide if you would like to work together, I’ve included some answers to the most common questions people have when considering therapy with me.

What exactly is therapy?

Therapy also known as psychotherapy or counseling – is the process of meeting with a trained professional on a regular basis to help you identify and change deep-rooted and potentially harmful mental and emotional behaviors, thoughts, and patterns that are keeping you from living the life you want to live.

How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me?

Choosing a therapist is a deeply personal decision. Therapy is only as effective as the relationship between therapist and client and because of this the best way to determine if a professional is right for you is to simply meet with him or her and ask, “Is this someone I feel safe sharing my story/experiences with?”

What can I expect from therapy?

Once a person has made the decision to see a therapist, they may still be nervous about the process. It is important to understand that therapy is a shared journey; a process that I will share with you. During this process, I make sure that you are in the driver’s seat; allowing you to make your own decisions about how quickly we discuss your concerns and how deeply we will address them.  Although the destination is different for everyone, you can expect to be respected, to feel safe and that I will offer opinions and suggestions from time to time but that I will not tell you what to do during the process.

What is the cost for a therapy session?

My fee for an individual 50-minute therapy session is $200. When you pay my full fee, you are supporting individuals with limited resources to access my lower-fee slots – thank you.

If you are in need of discounted rates or are a college or graduate student of Color with limited resources, please contact me about discounted fees.

I only want to come into therapy every other week. Is that something you do?

To begin, we will meet once a week. It is very important to gain trust and momentum in the early weeks of therapy. After identifying some goals and making process on them, we can discuss meeting less often if that makes sense for you.

Do you accept insurance?

No, I don’t accept insurance. However, I’m happy to work with you to provide itemized receipts (superbills) for your insurance company for partial or full reimbursement for your out-of-network therapy benefits.

What kind of clients do you work with?

I work with individuals from all different backgrounds, but I specialize in addressing the needs of marginalized groups. Many of my clients are people growing through transitions. Some are young professionals or graduate, undergrad, and high school students. Most importantly ALL of my clients are people who are invested in the process of changing how they interact with the world in order to be their best selves and live the life they desire.

Is what I share confidential?

Absolutely. What you share with in session is completely confidential except in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to self or other, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, and/or 3) in the case of a court subpoena. We will discuss this more in-depth during the initial session.

Where are you located? Is there parking?

My office is located at 8335 Church Street in Gilroy, CA. My office is easily accessible by public transportation and there is ample parking.

What if you’re not the right therapist for me?

I understand that not every client believes that I may be a good fit for his or her unique journey in healing. If after a few session, you don’t believe I am a good fit, please feel free to let me know and I can provide you information on finding therapists that can meet your needs.