Who Goes to Therapy?
The easy answer is, “All sorts of people!” Years ago, therapy had a stigma attached to it. It was believed you had to be either very disturbed or “weak” to seek it out. Fortunately, times have changed and now people from all walks of life and all different backgrounds go to therapy and it’s considered a normal and healthy resource. A wide range of people seek therapy for a variety of issues. Some of the reasons include desire for personal growth, navigating temporary bouts or long periods of depression or anxiety more effectively, managing stress, tackling substance abuse issues, improving relationships and communication skills and better understanding one’s past and how it impacts life, mood and relationships in the present day. Whatever your reason for considering counseling, I’m sure it’s a good one. If you are in doubt or have any questions about coming in, please contact me with your concerns. I’d be happy to talk with you!
How Long Does Therapy Take?
This is a very difficult question. But, the answer ultimately lies with my clients as they know better than I their initial goals and progress made in counseling. If you are seeking short term therapy, I will work very hard to tailor sessions to your targeted goals so you can have your specific needs met in a brief period of time. If your goals are less specific and you wish to work on a deeper or broader level, I’ll work within that framework as well. The length of counseling ultimately depends upon the number of issues wanting to be addressed, the breadth of the problem(s), and the work completed between sessions to facilitate change. But, the process is a collaboration and I will always want to check in regarding your progress and satisfaction.
How Does Therapy Work?
I try to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with no pressure. I encourage each of my clients to take one session at a time and assess for themselves if they feel they are benefiting from therapy. Normally, people know this very quickly. Once work begins, I try to pinpoint unhealthy patterns of thinking and reacting and suggest more healthy ways of responding to people and situations. Making these changes can be difficult and even scary, and I support my clients through this period. Therapy is successful when both therapist and client give their best effort. I do my best to suggest and guide, and when clients work hard between sessions to chip away at old modes of behaving and thinking, this in turn impacts feelings.
How Often Do I Come for Therapy?
This is an individual decision. Most of my clients meet with me weekly, but some come every other week and some even less. It’s customary to begin meeting weekly and when you are making progress, you may wish to reduce the number of times you see me and “taper down”. I’m flexible and ultimately want you to choose the schedule you’re comfortable with.
How Do I Make an Appointment?
If you are unsure about starting therapy, please feel free to contact me with any questions. If you would like to make an appointment, the best way is to call me and we can discuss times and days that work for your schedule. If it’s more convenient to email me, you may also use the contact form.
Do You Accept Health Insurance?
Currently, I am accepting Athem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net HMO and EPO, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, MHN, and Molina. If your insurance is not listed here you may be able to utilize your insurance benefits by asking your insurance company if you have out of network benefits. If so, I can provide you with the necessary and completed paperwork for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. The amount reimbursed varies and you would need to talk that over with your insurance company.
Where is Your Office?
My office is conveniently located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego right off of Hwy 8. Texas Street is the nearest cross street and there is ample parking available.