Scheduling

Our first contact will be a free 20-minute phone consultation. This gives you the opportunity to ask me questions about my practice, approach and psychotherapy as well as gives me the opportunity to get a sense of why you are seeking therapy at this time. From this conversation we together will decide whether to set up an initial in-person appointment. Please contact me at 510-646-0022 to schedule a free phone consultation.

Fees

Please contact me to inquire about my current fee. I also offer a limited number of sliding-scale slots for people who are experiencing financial constraints. The fee will be determined during the initial phone consultation. Clients are expected to pay at the time services are rendered.

Payment Methods

I accept cash or check.

Insurance

I am currently not a contracted provider with any insurance companies. A growing number of insurance companies reimburse for psychotherapy. If you choose to seek reimbursement, it is your responsibility to verify your eligibility with your insurance company. You are expected to pay your full fee at the time of your visit and will be held responsible for all payment of fees for your therapy. I can provide you with a monthly invoice so that you can submit a claim to your insurance company. Your insurance company may then pay you directly.

Cancellation

I require 48-hour advance notice to reschedule or cancel an appointment. If you do not provide notice 48-hours in advance you will be charged in full for the session.

Therapist Availability/Emergencies

I check my voicemail regularly. I make every effort to return calls within 24 hours or by the next business day, but cannot guarantee calls will be returned immediately. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency or are feeling unsafe call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Additional resources include: the 24-hour Alameda Crisis Line at 1-800-309-2131 or the 24-hour San Francisco Suicide Hotline at 415-781-0500.

Confidentiality

What you share in your psychotherapy sessions is confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone without your written consent, except where required or permitted by law. Exceptions to confidentiality include, but are not limited to:

  • If there is evidence of or reasonable suspicion of child abuse and/or neglect, dependent adult or elder abuse and/or neglect.

  • If you intend to hurt yourself or threaten serious and imminent bodily harm towards a reasonably identifiable victim.

  • If you are utilizing insurance reimbursement some routine information may be given to your insurance company.

We will discuss my policies further when we meet in person, please ask me any questions or concerns you may have.