My Masters degree in psychology is from the California
Institute of Integral Studies, and I am licensed to practice
in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#35387).
I have worked with clients in private practice and in agencies
since 1992. My training has been diverse, integrating numerous
points of view within the field of psychology. Besides many
seminars on various approaches and methods, my more extensive
training includes self psychology, object-relations and intersubjective
models - all in the realm of contemporary psychodynamic theory.
I also utilize cognitive-behavioral skills and mindfulness
practices depending on the needs and interests of my clients.
The longer that I practice as a therapist, the more confidence
I have in relying on each client's intuitive guidance as to
what will best serve him or her in our work together
My fee is midrange for the Bay Area and I reserve some lower
fee slots which we can discuss if it is relevant to you. I
will discuss and establish fee arrangements during our first
phone conversation, before you make an appointment.
Some plans will reimburse for my services, so you may want
to check to see if you have coverage for individual psychotherapy
with a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist of your choice.
I am happy to prepare a monthly statement for you to submit
to your insurance company. I belong to a few managed care
panels, however, managed care is often restrictive and not
compatible with people's real needs. Also, insurance usually
requires sharing private information with several people,
thus compromising your confidentiality. Feel free to discuss
the pros and cons of using insurance with me if you are considering
It is not possible to answer this question accurately, since
the length of therapy depends on your individual needs. If
we are focusing on a very specific issue, it may be resolved
in a few months. More deeply embedded patterns and problems
tend to require more time.
Sessions are 50 minutes long. At times, I schedule longer
sessions for couples. We will schedule regular sessions once
or twice a week, depending on your needs.
Only psychiatrists and other MDs are licensed to prescribe
medication. I do, however, maintain relationships with psychiatrists
who are knowledgeable, ethical, and caring. If at any point
you or I believe that medications might be helpful, I would
recommend that you make an appointment with a psychiatrist
for an evaluation. Exploring your beliefs, hopes and fears
about psychotropic medications can be a very fruitful part
of the therapy process. The final choice regarding taking
them is always yours.
MFT stands for licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. MFTs
are required to obtain a Master's level degree, complete 3000
hours of training, and pass rigorous testing prior to becoming
licensed. They are qualified to conduct all types of counseling
To check the license status of any LMFT, you can go to http://www.bbs.ca.gov/,
the website for the Board of Behavioral Sciences, a California
consumer protection agency governing several types of licensed
mental health professionals.