What is a LMFT?
An LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As an LMFT I am licensed by the board of behavioral sciences in the state of California to provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families. An LMFT is a Masters level clinician who has completed a minimum of 3,000 clinical hours and passed a board certification. LMFT's are also required to complete continuing education requirements and stay up to date on the most recent ethical standards and regulations as governed by the state of California.
Why did you decide to become an MFT?
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved learning about people and supporting them in creating meaning and purpose in their lives. I have always enjoyed connecting with other women and working together to support them. After becoming a mother myself, I knew that supporting others during pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenthood was my true passion and calling. I then received special training to support this population and am extremely passionate about working with perinatal (pregnant and postpartum) clients as well as women undergoing life transitions, including relationship shifts, divorce, etc.What should someone know about working with you?I pride myself on being approachable and welcoming in session. I have a casual style that allows me to build trust, relationships, and rapport at the client's pace and comfort level. I honor boundaries and understand that clients all have different preferences in how much to share with their therapist. I believe progress is determined by the client's own definition and will work with clients to determine what progress looks like for them. I use a customized mix of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and strength-based therapy when working with clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a therapist?
I frequently network with other perinatal providers to share resources, share information, and ensure I am updated on the most current perinatal techniques and skills. I am very passionate about making the perinatal and postpartum periods a time for women to feel supported, validated, and educated. I believe many women have several different feelings that come up during pregnancy and postpartum, and I want to create a safe space for them to express all of these and build meaningful self-compassion and practical coping skills. I do this by networking and attending trainings to stay up to date on the most evidence based modalities, research and literature.
Do you offer in person appointments?
At this time I only offer telehealth services available to clients throughout California.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
What is a Good Faith Estimate?
Under this law that went into effect January 1, 2022 you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.
If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call (800) 985-3059.
How long will therapy take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
What is your cancellation policy?
Appointments must be cancelled by email or phone at least 24 hours prior to appointment time. Otherwise clients will be charged for the full session rate.