​​Frequently Asked Questions


What is a PsyD?

     PsyD are the initials of a Doctor of Psychology degree.  The focus is on training professionals in the practice of psychology.  This is in contrast to a PhD degree in Psychology, which tends to put more emphasis on producing research.  A doctoral degree in psychology is one of several requirements that must be met to earn a license to practice clinical psychology.


What is a MFT?
     MFT stands for “Marriage and Family Therapist”, although MFTs are trained to help in many more contexts and within relationships of all kinds. Please visit www.camft.org for more information.

How long will each session last?
     Psychotherapy sessions generally last for 45-50 minutes; however, longer sessions are available depending on your desire and need.

What is your fee?
     Fee is $200 per 50-minute session (45-minute session for children under 5 years). Because I want therapy to be affordable to all people, I do offer a limited number of sliding scale spots, which will depend on both availability and need.  Please inquire about availability if you need a reduced fee.  Additionally, I have as Associate Marriage Family Therapist in my practice who may be able to see you at a significantly reduced rate.  Her name is Jane Cabot, AMFT, so please click to view her website.  


Do you take insurance?
     No, I am not a member of insurance panels, but I will provide an official billing statement for you to seek reimbursement from your insurance company.  Please note that not all insurance plans support reimbursement for out-of-network providers.


Why do you not accept insurance?

     This is complicated, so please ask!  I am more than happy to discuss this with you further.  ​​

What will a typical session be like?
     There is no “typical” or “normal” session. Each session is unique depending on the individual. You and I will create the flavor of the session depending on your goals and desires.

How long will I be in therapy?
     The length of therapy depends on the individual and their goals. If you are seeking parenting or clinical consultation, we may only meet a few times.  If you looking to accomplish a specific, short-term goal, it may last only a couple of months. Yet, if you desire on-going support or to achieve long-term goals which shift deep-seated fears and patterns, therapy may take much longer. In general, you will choose how long you attend therapy, and I would never ask that you end before you feel ready.


What are your privacy practices?

​     My Notice of Privacy Practices can be accessed here.

More questions?

     Please call me at (510) 334-7023 or contact me through the contact page.