Frequently Asked Questions
What is psychotherapy/therapy and how does it work?
Psychotherapy is a collaborative, scientifically-validated treatment approach. It is based in dialogue and tailored to you. Therapy is a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral, nonjudgmental, and experienced in solving the type of problems you're hoping to solve.
In therapy, you and your psychotherapy provider work together to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are not optimally serving you, or keeping you from your valued aims and outcomes.
What is online therapy?
Online therapy is regular psychotherapy that is provided over the internet through email, video conferencing, online chat, or the telephone.
We offer online video-based therapy sessions via the secure, HIPAA-compliant, videoconferencing platform called SimplePractice.
Is online therapy as effective as in-person therapy?
Research shows that for most mental health conditions, online therapy is as effective as therapy done in person (see these research articles for more information about efficacy (Lamb et al., 2018; Norwood et al., 2018; Osenbach et al., 2013; Shigekawa et al., 2018).
Over the past several years, patients have been increasingly requesting online and phone-based therapy services. Online therapy and telehealth in general allows for more flexibility and greater convenience because there is no traveling to and from the provider's office. Many working individuals schedule sessions during lunch. Furthermore, patients who are pregnant or have babies and small children often prefer to attend tele-sessions from home.
We are able to work with patients who live anywhere in the state of California. This is helpful for individuals and families who reside in areas with a dearth of specialists, those who have difficulty traveling to attend appointments, and those with busy schedules wishing to avoid another commute.
Do you take insurance?
No, I am not considered in-network with any commercial insurance plans.