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Before you start working with me, you may have questions about the process. Below are some commonly asked questions to help guide you. If you don't see your question below, reach out or I can answer any questions you have during our initial phone intake or first meeting. 

  • Do you provide teletherapy?
    Yes, I offer online therapy to anyone residing in the State of California. Teletherapy is provided through, a free, HIPAA-compliant video platform that does not require a software download. This is a convenient option if you are not able to make it to my Newport Beach or San Diego offices.
  • Is teletherapy as effective as in-person therapy?
    Yes, based on research and person experience, teletherapy is equally as effective as in-person therapy. For those familiar and comfortable with video conferencing, rapport is typically built just as quickly and effectively and may feel nearly the same as meeting in the office. In fact, most client's prefer video sessions due to the convenience and availability.
  • Do you take insurance?
    I do not bill insurance companies directly, but do act as an Out-of-Network (OON) provider for preferred provider organization (PPO) plans. Following your appointment and payment, you can download monthly “superbills” or receipts from the client portal to be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. Rates of reimbursement vary so it’s best to check directly with your insurance regarding coverage.
  • How often do we meet for therapy?
    This answer is different for everyone. Some people find it helpful to consistently come to therapy weekly or every other week and some may prefer to come in less frequently. Typically, it is helpful to start with at least two sessions 1-2 weeks apart and then assesses frequency. This decision is always one made in collaboration.
  • How long can I expect to come to therapy?
    At the start of therapy, we will discuss your goals for therapy. After these goals are met, we can explore if there are new goals you’d like to address. You may have a few things you would like to work on that might require short-term therapy (less than 20 sessions). Or you may decide that you’d like longer-term therapy (often less frequent). It is important that we work together to guide and define your experience.
  • What form of payment do you accept?
    Payment is due at the time of your session. Sessions are typically 50 or 90 minutes, depending on your needs and preferences. Rates for these sessions are available upon request. I accept cash, check or credit/debit, which will be charged via auto-pay arranged through a secure billing system.
  • What's your cancellation policy?
    If you are unable to make your scheduled session, please cancel or reschedule within 48 hours to avoid cancellation fees (rate of the session).
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