What is an MFT?
A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), also know as a Psychotherapist, is trained to assess and treat a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and relational issues. MFTs are qualified to practice psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and children. To become licensed to practice psychotherapy in the state of California, MFTs are required to obtain a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, complete 3000 hours of supervised training, and pass two state licensing board exams.
How do I know if I need therapy?
If you find that painful emotions, self-defeating habits, troubled relationships, loss, life changes, or other difficulties are interfering with your quality of life, then therapy may be helpful for you. It can help you work through a difficult patch for short-term therapy, or offer consistent emotional support for longer-term therapy.
How do I get started with therapy?
As with anything, getting started is often the hardest part. It is important that you choose a therapist who you feel comfortable with. I recommend calling for a free phone consultation to begin. We can then schedule a time to meet in person to assess your specific needs and goals for therapy and determine how psychotherapy may help you at this time.
How often do people go to therapy? When do you have appointments available?
Sessions are typically once a week for 50 minutes, though some clients choose to meet more or less frequently. I offer morning, daytime, and evening appointments.
How much does therapy cost?
Rates vary for each client depending upon insurance coverage and ability to pay. I am sensitive to clients’ financial concerns and helpful in discussing payment options. I also offer a limited number of sliding scale appointments. We can discuss fees during our initial phone call. Don’t let financial concerns stop you from getting the help you need.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an “out of network provider.” This means I am not currently on any insurance panels. However, most PPO and POS plans offer partial reimbursement for “out of network provider” psychotherapy services. Your insurance provider can give you specific information about your coverage and reimbursement rate. I can help you with the insurance process and explain how it works when we meet.
What is your cancellation policy?
I require 48-hour advance notice of a cancellation to avoid being charged full fee for your missed session.