What forms of payment do you accept?
All major credit cards, cash, checks, Paypal, Insurance
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, more details about the insurances I accept can be found on the Services and Rates page.
Can you prescribe medication?
No. Psychiatrists prescribe medication.
Do you speak multiple languages?
I speak English and Spanish.
How long can I expect to be in Therapy? How do I know when it should end? How long does Counseling usually take? How often do you suggest a person be treated?
The length of therapy is variable and really depends on what issue you are presenting with and what you need help to resolve.
How often do you suggest a person be treated? Do you accept insurance?
Generally patients are seen one time per week for 45-50 minutes. However, sessions are scheduled based on the need of the individual patient.
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?
· Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners licensed by the state of California.
· MFTs assist with a wide variety of issues ranging from addictions, depression, child behavior and elder concerns.
· The terms "marriage, family and child counselors" (MFCCs) and "marriage and family therapists" (MFTs) are used interchangeably. All states that regulate the profession use the title "marriage and family therapist. "
· Marriage and family therapy is highly effective because of the "systemic" orientation that its therapists bring to treatment.
· MFTs believe that an individual's emotional issues and concerns must be treated within the context of his or her current or prior relationships if the gains are to be meaningful and productive for the patient.
What are the qualifications for a California licensed marriage and family therapist?
· Marriage and family therapists are licensed by the State of California.
· MFTs have completed extensive education, training, clinical fieldwork, and successful completion of two rigorous exams to demonstrate professional competency.
· Requirements for licensure include a related two-year master's or doctoral degree passage, of comprehensive examinations, and completion of at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience.
What is the difference between a MFT, LCSW, Psychologist, and Psychiatrist?
· MFT or LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in psychology, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or marital and family therapy. Emphasis is on primary service in counseling and psychotherapy from a variety of therapeutic orientations with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
· LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a master’s degree in clinical social work. Emphasis on primary service in psychosocial diagnosis, assessment and treatment, client advocacy, consultation, evaluation and research.
· Psychologist: Possesses a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field with a license to practice therapy and conducts psychological testing and research.
· Psychiatrist: A medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry. Emphasis on primary service in prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications and sometimes offers psychotherapy.
Will therapy work for me?
· Research supports the assertions that therapy works for most clients.
· Many report relief from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and mood disorders which have impairment on their everyday functioning and experiences.
· Many also report seeking therapy as a means of personal growth, clarity and exploration.
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