Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
I do not currently have a physical office due to the pandemic, and am conducting all sessions online, on a HIPAA-compliant platform, for our safety. When it's safe to meet in person again, I'll be getting a new office, and I will remain in the Atwater/Silver Lake/Los Feliz area.
Are you vaccinated for Covid-19?
YES! I will gratefully, happily, and promptly get all recommended boosters as well. Thank you, scientists!
Do you take insurance? What are your fees without it?
At the moment, I am contracted with Cigna, Optum, and United HealthCare. If you have a policy with another company, I can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement for an out-of-network provider. Fees are $130 per session for individual therapy. I offer a free initial phone consultation so you can ask questions and we can see if we're a good fit; you should feel comfortable if you're going to open up to someone.
What payments do you accept?
I accept credit card, check, Venmo, or cash.
Do you provide religious therapy?
If your faith is important to you, we can integrate it. I won't encourage spiritual exploration if it doesn't appeal to you, as I respect your beliefs; atheists and agnostics are welcome.
Is there anything you aren't comfortable talking about?
Not that I've found! Sex/kink, substance use, marital affairs, incarcerations, death, and childhood traumas you've never shared are all welcome. I want to be able to support you in a setting where you don't feel judged for what what you say or if you curse. The more I know about you, the easier it is to understand and help you. Whatever you have to say, I want to hear it.
Are our sessions confidential?
Absolutely. I am bound by law to keep your privacy, and I take that very seriously. Being able to maintain your trust is crucial to therapy. In the case of minors, I may give the caregiver a brief overview of what was discussed, but will not go into detail.
As a mandated reporter, per state and professional guidelines, I must break confidentiality if:
* The client is a danger to themself or others (suicidal or homicidal)
* A child, elder, or dependent adult is experiencing abuse, past or present. This may be reported by the person experiencing abuse, or by a collateral source.
Do you prescribe medication?
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am unable to prescribe medication, although I may discuss meds with you if I think it would be beneficial. I would be happy to consult with your current psychiatrist or doctor.
Have you been in therapy?
Multiple times, at different ages; a bad experience as a teenager was actually the first time I considered becoming a therapist myself. It's been very helpful seeing what I do and don't like as a client to inform my own work, and we all have issues we need help with, besides.
Do you have any tattoos?
I have eight tattoos. My favorite one is of my lovebird.