My office is located in Carlsbad, California near Palomar Airport Rd, El Camino, and I5. Parking is easy.
In-person sessions take place in my cozy private office. Remote Telehealth sessions are available.
I offer appointments Monday – Thursday. Depending on the day, I offer sessions from 9am-2pm or 2pm-7pm. During our intial consultation call, I can let you know exactly which appointment times are currently available or may be coming up soon.
I offer indiviudal therapy for teens and adults. My treatment approach blends the evidence-based practices of Attachment Science (EFIT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and Brainspotting Therapy. The use of EMDR and Brainspotting is optional, you can learn more about them on this website.
I offer weekly 50 minute sessions or longer intensive sessions tailored to quickly target specific issues.
EMDR Intensives offer a structured format to help clients quickly address the impact of trauma and see rapid resolution in trauma symptoms. We meet once-per-week for 10 weeks in a row. Each session is 100-minutes which is considered an ideal length of time for an EMDR session. EMDR therapy has been highly researched and found to be 5-7x times faster than traditional talk therapy.
I accept payment via debit or credit card, which is automatically charged at the end of each session. You may use HSA, flexible spending accounts, and out-of-network billing benefits with insurance (more info below). I keep a credit card on file for all clients. My automated system will charge the session fee to your card the evening after our sessions. I require a 24-hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment but I do try to leave a few flex-spots open weekly to allow clients greater ease of appointment changes when needed.
I am not in-network with any insurance companies, I am what insurance considers an “out-of-network” (OON) provider. Many insurance companies reimburse their members for a portion of therapy costs for “out of network” providers.
To find out about coverage through your plan, call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask:
If you choose to use out-of-network benefits, please note that payment for services will be your responsibility and due at the time of service. I am able to generate a special receipt called a Superbill, which you can then submit to your insurance company as a request for reimbursement. I use a program called Thrizer, to support clients’ ease of access to out-of-network reimbursement, they can submit your receipt directly to your insurance company at no fee to you, it's so easy! I do not accept payment from insurance companies directly, reimbursement payments will be sent directly to you.
Since therapy can vary from person to person, it really depends. It can depend on what you are seeking help for, the severity of the issue, how hard you work in and outside of sessions, and if other concerns come up for you. Sometimes the concerns you have will resolve in a short time frame, other concerns may take a while to unpack and sort through. Also, life happens, and events, good or bad, can change the trajectory. In general, I like to start seeing people on a once or twice a week basis. This helps you and I to get to know one another, have a good understanding of the goals you are working on, and develop that trust that will help you get to your goals faster. Once you feel like you are managing well, we will try every other week to give you time to try things on your own. Then some choose to set up an appointment once a month or once every few months as a way to check in, keep accountable, and get a refresher if needed.
Before your initial appointment, you will receive a secure link to my confidential client portal, where you will complete a paperless intake. Initial intake appointments are typically 60 minutes. They include a review of my practice policies and procedures, some of your background history, and a discussion about your best hopes for therapy. Therapy works best when we see what brings you in and what you'd like to work on. From there, we will decide how often we meet for sessions. Ideally, we are meeting weekly as I have found that this gives us the right amount of momentum we need to start than meeting your goals & making progress.
While my main focus is working one-on-one with your child for sessions, I invite you to join us for first 10-15 minutes of the initial intake session if you are available (not required). In the first session, I will get to know your child and help them feel at ease in the therapeutic environment. I highly recommend in-person sessions as opposed to virtual, however I do offer both options. During the initial session, my focus will be rapport building, discussion of presenting problems, and establishing treatment goals. It’s important to ensure that we are a good therapeutic fit, I will provide referrals if a different type of clinician is more suitable for your child.
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health 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.