People often ask me how I got into the counseling field. I could provide the usual story of how my friends used to talk to me about their problems. Or the fulfillment and joy I get from helping others. While both are true, the real reason is because I went to a career counselor a month before I was about to graduate with my Bachelor's in Psychology. I was in a panic not knowing what to do after graduation. Under the guidance of my counselor, I took various career and personality assessments. Every result pointed to the same career: Psychotherapist! For 20 years, I have been providing counseling services as a therapist.
As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, I find that my work is influenced by my own passions such as social justice, community involvement, and my own lived experiences with death, a biracial identity, and my love of dogs. My areas of focus include grief and loss (including pet loss), cultural healing, and stress and anxiety brought on by life's pressures.
In my spare time, I co-chair the Community Assistance and Resource Efforts (CARE) Task Force which provides resources and trainings to therapists providing services to communities impacted by social injustice, tragedies, and natural disasters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
The only insurance I bill is CalVCB. I do not directly bill other insurance and am considered out-of-network. The reason I choose not to bill insurance is:
Insurance companies can dictate how my services are delivered, thereby becoming a 3rd party in my relationship with clients.
Insurance companies require me to submit a mental health diagnosis which stays on one's medical record which may impact future health services.
Insurance companies usually do not cover grief & loss, couples counseling, and sometimes anxiety.
Insurance companies limit your number of therapy sessions.
I am happy to provide you with an invoice that you can submit directly to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is up to your insurance company to decide if they will reimburse you.
What are your fees for therapy?
I value my services at $145 for individual counseling and $165 for couples. Online appointments are offered at a 25% discount. If you cannot afford my fees, I am happy to negotiate with you to find a fee that is mutually respectful for both of us.
What can I do to prepare for my first appointment?
To save you time, you can fill out the intake paperwork prior to your appointment. You can find links to the paperwork under the Counseling tab or ask me to email you the packet.
If I can't make it into the office, do you offer online appointments?
Yes! I use a HIPAA compliant online program called Doxy.me and can schedule an online appointment and send you the link to my virtual office.
Providing supportive clinical counseling to help lift the heaviness caused by life's oppressive influences so clients are free to express their true authentic selves.