FAQs

What is your training?
What Issues do you treat?
What are your therapy policies?
How do you work with Individuals?
Tell me how working with children is different.
How do you work with Couples?

What is your training?

I am Licensed by the state of California as a Marriage and Family therapist. I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.   I have been seeing clients for several years and continue to build on my training with additional coursework and consultation with experts in the field to provide quality services for my clients. My experience ranges from seeing individuals and couples for both short term or longer term depth work to counseling in elementary and middle schools. I am also an active member of several professional organizations for Marriage and Family Therapists as well as psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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What Issues do you treat?

Chronic Sadness, Loneliness, Emptiness
Transitions of Life
Self-esteem issues
Trauma-related issues
Personal Growth
Grief and Loss
Feeling Stuck or Lost
Issues related to chronic pain
Couples with relationship issues
Pre-Marital counseling
Stress related to work, relationships, illness
Anxiety
Depression
Parenting Support
Children’s Issues
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What are your therapy practices?

I meet with clients for 50 minute sessions, generally once per week on a regular schedule. Please call to discuss my fee range which takes into consideration each individual’s circumstances and needs. Payment is expected at the time of service unless otherwise discussed. I accept cash, check and most major credit cards.

I accept credit cards for individual therapy or counseling appointments.
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How do you work with Individuals?

Together, we will spend time helping you understand how past experiences and relationships have impacted the way you are in the world today including the developing relationship between us. My job is to help you on a path toward relieving pain, learning how to cope with difficulty more effectively, and having more fulfilling and caring relationships with those important to you. Learn more
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Tell me how working with children is different.

Children can benefit from therapy just as adults do, but they usually don’t have the developmental maturity to express their problems through speech. However, they are able to do it through the medium of play – building, painting, pretending, creating. Play therapy allows children to work through their feelings such as anxiety, sadness, anger or fear in the presence of a therapist where they learn to cope with difficult emotions, find solutions and change the way they think and feel about their concerns. Play therapy has been shown to be effective for a wide variety of issues children experience – including divorce, death, chronic illness, hospitalization, relocation and sexual or physical violence. Learn more
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How do you work with Couples?

Couples often seek therapy to understand the problems and conflicts that are causing pain and threatening the relationship. Many times, just being in the presence of a therapist makes the communication process feel safer and more comfortable. Together we will search for ways to decrease the cycles of critical, bitter interactions and move to replace these with positive cycles where care and warmth can be expressed. These different patterns of interacting can bring about new ways of being in a relationship that allow for closeness and security. Sometimes only one member of a couple feels comfortable or ready to seek help and often, a relationship can see vast improvement from this. Feel free to call and learn more about how therapy may be helpful.
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