I offer counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. The terms counseling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably. While there is a great deal of overlap between the two, I distinguish between counseling and psychotherapy in terms of depth, length of treatment, and problems being addressed.
Psychotherapy offers an opportunity to work deeply on issues of concern that are negatively impacting your life. Sessions are generally 55 minutes in length, and we typically meet at least once a week for a period of time that can be anywhere from a few months to a year or more. Psychotherapy is a good approach for persistent problems, chronic negative patterns in your life, and for resolving deeper issues of trauma and conflict in your relationships, or within yourself.
Counseling is a shorter term approach, usually used for problems that require less depth and time. Counseling sessions are generally 55 minutes, although I also offer 40 minute sessions if preferred. Counseling sessions may be scheduled every other week, or at another time interval that works for your needs. Counseling is a good approach when you are generally satisfied with most areas of your life and relationships, but you need a sounding board for issues such as career direction, self care, and personal goals.
I welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific needs, and design a customized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and resources.
Payment is due at the time of service. I accept cash, personal check, and all major credit cards. I am a preferred provider for Loma Linda University Risk Management, and the SECC Anonymous Counseling Program. If you have another insurance that you want to use, I can provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance to seek reimbursement. I recommend that you call your insurance carrier and ask if they cover out-of-network providers, as well as inquire about any deductibles, copays, or session limits.
It is also important to note that most insurances only cover treatment for a diagnosable mental disorder. Couples therapy is generally not covered, unless it is part of treatment for an individual with a diagnosed disorder. Counseling for personal growth is also not generally covered by insurance. I would be happy to discuss any additional questions you may have.