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SERVICES AND RATES

Individual Therapy

I see adults, seniors, and teens in my practice. I work with clients who are struggling with issues like:

– Anxiety

– Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

– Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

– Childhood Emotional Neglect

– Highly Sensitive Person trait

– Grief and loss

– Reproductive issues, including infertility

– Identity and Self-Esteem

– Emotional Support Animals

– Chronic Illness and Pain

Relationship Counseling

Are you and your partner struggling in your relationship? Wondering what happened to the spark you once had? Has it crossed your mind to give up and move on?

Most couples go through varying degrees of relationship challenges at times. The good news is that couples counseling can help bring you back to a sense of intimacy, connection, and that feeling of knowing your partner is there for you. Often a safe space to discuss concerns with a neutral third party can help couples begin their journey back to a happier relationship.

Couples may be facing issues like communication problems, lack of trust, sexual problems, feeling disconnected, substance abuse, or infidelity. Every relationship deserves a chance to improve and thrive. I’m here to work with you to reconnect in healthier ways and learn to bring out the best in one another.

I have received training in couples counseling from Drs. Julie and John Gottman, and I follow their research-based, proven methods for helping couples connect and bring out the best in their relationships.

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

I have a special interest in working with Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), utilizing Integrative Psychotherapy, which takes a holistic view of the client as a whole person. I not only assess and treat the chronic behavior, I take into account factors like diet, activity level, the client’s support system, their level of stress, even sleep habits.  Behavioral therapy is an excellent approach, but chances for success increase greatly when therapy addresses the person from a holistic standpoint.

Along with Habit Reversal Training (HRT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention, and where needed, family therapy, I offer an understanding and supportive space to reduce and eliminate these behaviors. Monthly support groups, up-to-date information on the treatment of BFRBs, and staying current in the field of BFRB research are a few of the ways I help people who want to stop pulling or picking.

I sponsor a bimonthly Support Group in San Diego for adults with BFRBs – please bookmark this page for dates and information, or follow us at bfrbsupport on Facebook. On my YouTube channel, I have produced numerous videos on BFRBs.

The Highly Sensitive Person

Another area of special interest in my practice is working with individuals who identify as having Sensory Processing Sensitivities*, also called “highly sensitive” or as “empaths.” These are normal traits and between 15-20% of people could be considered to be HSPs or Empaths. The HSP trait is also referred to as Sensory Processing Sensitivity. Some people are both HSPs and Empaths. Some are one or the other. Whether you identify as an HSP, an empath, or both, you may find that your level of sensitivity affects your relationships, your work, and even your health. It can feel isolating and confusing. Therapy can offer a safe place to explore, learn tools for successful living, and come to love your sensitive self.

Highly sensitive people (HSPs) experience the world somewhat differently than non-HSPs. They may be more attuned to subtleties around them, be extra observant, feel easily overwhelmed, and sometimes may be mistaken for shy. They may feel drained when around a lot of people, noises, lights, etc. HSPs typically recharge best with a bit of solitude. It is not a mental disorder or a diagnosis.

I have completed specialized training in this area, and am listed on Dr. Elaine Aron’s site as an HSP-Knowledgeable Therapist. Are you an HSP?  Take the free test by clicking here.

RATES

How much does therapy cost?

Sessions are $150.00 per 50-minute hour. I offer multi-session counseling packages which can reduce your costs. My counseling office offers a few reduced-fee spots for clients who qualify, as well as military and student discounts. If you would like to work with me but are concerned about making counseling affordable, let me know. I’ll work with you to help you get the services you need.

50-minute session for Individuals or Couples: $150.00
*4-Session package: $500.00 (savings of $100.00)

*Packages must be used within 6 months of purchase.
*Packages are non-refundable – please be sure you can commit to the number of sessions when you purchase a package.

**Payment options: All major credit cards accepted. I also accept HSA (Health Savings account) cards and FSA (Flexible Spending Account) cards, as well as checks, cash, Venmo, and Paypal .

**Session fees are due at the time of service.

How many visits, and how often?

Generally, I don’t ask clients to commit to a set number of sessions or timeline of appointments, but prefer to collaborate with you on a treatment plan that works for your goals and budget.

“Do you accept insurance?”

My practice is not affiliated with any insurance networks. Clients pay for their sessions at the time of service, and I do not bill your insurance. However, I can provide you with a detailed receipt which you can submit to your insurance company – they may be able to reimburse you for all or part of your treatment on an “Out of Network” basis. Contact your insurance provider and ask about their Out of Network coverage for mental health services.

The reasons I am not currently “in-network” with insurance companies are related to your quality of care and confidentiality as a patient. In order for insurance to cover your visits, a therapist must diagnose you with a mental health disorder, which becomes a part of your medical record. The insurance provider then can access your records, and may determine how many sessions you may receive – even how many minutes long the sessions can be. These processes can result in treatment delays and gaps. This prevents therapists from having the freedom to create what we feel is an appropriate treatment plan for each individual client.