How to schedule an appointment:
In order to discuss how we might work together, please call me at 415.793.3604.
I usually spend at least ten or fifteen minutes in a first phone conversation with a potential client. Expect that I will probably begin by asking you what you are most hoping we could accomplish in our work together, and from there we can explore how to go about it. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my background, professional training and probable approaches to the goals you have for treatment. In beginning work with couples, I try to have a phone conversation with each member of the couple before the first session.
I usually suggest to potential clients that we consider our first meeting together as an evaluation session, in which we can continue to explore what it is that you want to achieve, what may stand in the way of that, and how I could help you. By the end of the first session, I should be able to tell you how I would approach working with you, and we will have a preliminary sense of how the chemistry works between us. If that chemistry seems productive, I will probably recommend that we meet for another 4 or 5 sessions and again review how our work is going at that point. You should definitely be experiencing progress toward your goals by that point.
Insurance and fee structure
Clients often want to know how much I charge for therapy, and whether I take insurance. Most PPO providers have been willing to reimburse my clients for a portion of the cost of therapy, even though I am not on any insurance panels. I ask clients to pay by check or cash at each session, and I prepare a billing statement for them submit to their insurance provider for reimbursement.
I offer a sliding scale for therapy, based on client income. My full fee is $150 per hour, and the scale slides down to $120 per hour. It is fine with me for clients to decide where their income would place them within that scale.
24 hour Cancellation Policy
Like most therapists, I need 24 hours notice for a cancellation, or I charge for the session. In cases of last minute illness or family emergency I am happy to discuss whether it seems that an exception to the cancellation policy should be made.
Weekday evenings and Saturdays Available
I am available during the weekdays and Saturday, and weekday evenings (sometimes even Friday).
Please feel free to take a look at my practice Disclosure Statement by clicking here. I will ask you at our second session to sign a copy of the statement indicating that you have read it to whatever depth you wish.