Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I can legally provide therapy for residents of California and Florida residents. As a therapist I work from a relational and neurobiological framework which focuses on the using your own nerves system (brain and body) to heal. Trauma and it’s memory are stored in the body therefore when we work, we work a lot with your body. This means slowing things down and integrating parts of your experience that have been fragmented and disconnected as well as completing actions which were not completed or interrupted which causes the trauma to remain stuck.
I am trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Phase 1 and I am currently in training for Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (intermediate level). I am believe in attachment theory and this is the basis for my relational work. So I pull a lot of tools from these methods.
I firmly believe that the power to heal is within you and that with time and the right support you can truly heal and have a fulfilling life-whatever that means for you.
I can help you (or your child and family) by slowing you down and helping you feel safe in your body. We want to help create new associations and replace those trauma associations. I focus early on, on getting to know you as a person and getting to know your nervous system. During sessions I like pointing out patterns and helping you to connect the dots so you can start to make changes. We identify your triggers and signs that you are activated so we can then slow you down and engage your nervous system which is key for healing.
Again therapy is so individual, and everyone has a different result. But the key for all of my clients is for me to help them feel safe in their bodies which allows them to stay connected and thus have access to all parts of themselves and their feelings. This includes genuinely feeling joy, contentment happiness, anger, sadness, etc all without becoming overwhelmed and falling apart. You can experience the natural ebbs and flows of life which help us feel fulfilled.
I imagine that your life will be different because you will feel different. A lot of folks say they feel better, happier. Past clients have also stated that they have better relationships with others and can set boundaries better so they don’t feel as drained.
- No you will not have to be in therapy. I know this is big fear for many people but I want to be fully transparent with you. I don’t believe anyone has to be in therapy forever but treatment is so individualistic. You can start seeing changes relatively quickly, within several sessions even, and decide you don’t need to come every week (or terminate). It really depends on what your goals out and I always keep your goals at the forefront. We regularly cycle back to them so when you feel like you’ve met your goals it’s good to start talking termination. Also I want to add that therapy is different for everyone. Some folks continue weekly while others come once a month. It’s all about what works for you and it’s most important that you advocate for yourself and I will always support/encourage you to do so. It’s about your well being!
I accept Optum insurance (California residents) and Victim's of Crime Compensation.
For those who want to use insurance you can contact your insurance to see if you have Out of Network Benefits (OON). In this instance you pay the session fee up front and I provide you with a superbill which includes date of service and diagnosis which you submit to your insurance company. They will either pay the whole bill or part of the bill, depending on your benefit.