Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Psychological Services La Jolla San Diego Anxiety Depression Panic

When are you available for appointments?
I am available for psychotherapy appointments Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-5pm.

Do you prescribe medication?
I do not prescribe medication; my expertise lies in non-medication therapy approaches. When medication may be a useful part of treatment, I refer the client to a psychiatrist and collaborate with the psychiatrist in the client's ongoing treatment.

Do you work with children or adolescents?
I only work with individuals 18 and older.

How do you handle payments?
Payment is due at the time of service in the form of cash or check. Credit card may be used as well (3% service charge). Sessions cancelled less than 24 hours in advanced will be subject to a late cancellation fee.

Will my health insurance cover my fees?
I am not a member of any insurance panels. So if you have HMO insurance, your insurance company will not reimburse you for our work. If you have a PPO insurance, you will likely be able to receive some reimbursement. I recommend that you call your insurance company and ask them what they reimburse for "out of network providers" for outpatient mental health. You will be responsible to pay the full session fee at the time of service and I will provide you with a "superbill” at the end of each month (or more often if preferred), which you can send to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What are your rates?
My psychotherapy rate is $170 for a 50-minute session. Longer and shorter sessions can be arranged at a prorated fee. Most clients meet with me weekly for 50 minutes per session. I am flexible with tailoring treatment to meet each client's needs and resources. For example, if your budget is limited, we may develop a plan that involves shorter or less frequent individual sessions, group classes, and books/CDs that you can use on your own time. I offer a complimentary initial phone consultation or brief office visit (20 minutes) so that we may explore the possibility of working together.

Can I afford this? Is it worth the investment?
It’s hard to put a price tag on happiness and peace of mind. If you’re having a hard time deciding whether you want to pour your hard-earned money into personal development, here are some points you may consider. Perhaps you already spend money in a variety of ways to make yourself feel good. Consider vacations, toys, clothes, spa treatments, restaurants, etc. Perhaps you even spend some money as a result of unhealthy habits or addictions (alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, shopping, gambling….). Now, ask yourself how long the good feelings last from each of these expenditures. Minutes, days, months? Investing in your own personal development can produce changes that continue to enhance your quality of life for the rest of your life.