Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect at my first session?
At your first therapy session, I get to know you. We’ll discuss the reasons you came to therapy and what I can do to help. I will get an overview of who you are so I can better understand your current concerns. Then, we’ll discuss what treatment will be like for you and decide plans for ongoing treatment together. This is also a time where you can determine if you feel comfortable with me. If you don’t feel we’re a good fit, I can help you find someone who might be a better match.
Can I bring someone with me to therapy?
Yes, you can bring someone with you to therapy if it makes you feel more comfortable. You’ll just have to sign a form giving that person permission to hear your confidential information. For minors attending therapy, it is required that a parent/guardian attend the first session with them in most cases.
Do I have to be a Christian to see you?
No, I work with clients of all faiths and religious backgrounds. You do not have to be a Christian for me to be able to help you.
What is the difference between a “Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor”, a “Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist”, and a “Licensed Clinical Social Worker”?
The short answer is “nothing”. We are all overseen by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and are able to work with the same clients. The main, relevant difference is that LPCCs need special approval from the BBS to work with couples and families, which I have.
Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately, I do not take insurance at this time. If you have PPO insurance, you can call your insurance company to determine if they will reimburse all or part of the cost of therapy. If they do, I am more than happy to provide you with the paperwork needed (usually called a "superbill") for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
How much does counseling cost?
My fee is $150 dollars for a 50-minute session. Normally, people attend therapy one time per week.
How do I make an appointment?
You can call me at (818) 272-7111, email me at [email protected], or write me a message on the CONTACT PAGE.