Individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and group counseling
I can provide children with play therapy in office and online. Play therapy is a type of therapy. Through play, children can explore and understand feelings and learn new coping skills.
On top of counseling services, I provide webinars for pregnant women, postpartum women, fathers, organizations, and companies. Please click here for more details about webinars.
I also provide services for parents/grandparents/caregivers to teach effective parenting skills. Please click here to contact me directly.
Telehealth (online/video counseling)- Children, Teen, and Adults
Telehealth (online/video counseling) may be the right choice for you if you are in the State of Calfornia and if you cannot or do not want to come in to my office for whatever reason (i.e. not being able to drive, severe social anxiety, far from my office, busy schedule).
To protect your privacy, I use a secure online counseling program (bank level security) for telehealth services.
Online/video counseling is NOT the right fit for you if the following applies to you:
・You are/recently were a danger to yourself or a danger to others
・You currently are/recently were in an urgent crisis or an emergency situation
・You have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness, or if you have been advised to be in psychological supervision or psychiatric care
・You require intensive mental health services
・You are required to receive therapy by a court order or by any other authority
・You do not have a way to connect to the Internet or you do not have a reliable Internet connection.
・You do not have a quiet and confidential room where you can focus on counseling.
I am typically available on weekdays as early as 7am.
Length of each session
Each session is 45-50 minutes for individual counseling.
For couples and family therapy, each session is 60-65 minutes.
Longer sessions (i.e. 75 minutes) are available as needed. Fees for longer sessions are on a pro rata basis.
Frequency of counseling
Clients are expected to see me once a week for counseling. Throughout counseling sessions, the frequency of sessions may change depending on their progress and needs.
Length of treatment
It depends on each individual's symptoms, his/her needs, and what he/she wants to accomplish in counseling. Therapy can be short-term (several sessions) or long-term (several months or longer). In my psychotherapy, I may make recommendations about your treatment based on my clinical assessments.
I do not force anyone to stay in treatment with me; I honor and respect your decision. If you have any questions about your treatment plan, please do not hesitate to ask me.
Anxiety, depression/depressive symptoms, prenatal depression/anxiety, postpartum depression/anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive thoughts/behaviors, relationship issues (i.e. family, friends, workplace, school), low self-esteem, refusing to go to school, adjustment issues (i.e. moving, marriage, birth of a new born, divorce, studying abroad, immigration, being homesick), anger, irritability, ADHD, trauma, grieving issues (i.e. family, friends, pets), behavioral issues (i.e. children not listening, being restless), and parenting.
Geographical areas where I can provide counseling
Anywhere within the State of California including the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba
Location of my office
Telehealth only at this time
Confidentiality plays an important role in psychotherapy. As a general rule, I will keep the information you share confidential. However, there are times when confidentiality cannot be maintained. Some examples include when I believe: suspected child/elder/dependent adult abuse/neglect, danger to self/others, and judicial/court involvement.
Before you begin therapy, you will receive the ‘office policies/agreement for service contract’ form. For more information about confidentiality and exceptions to confidentiality, please read it carefully. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me anytime.
EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
I'm currently in network with Lyra EAP and Modern Health EAP. If you or your family member (i.e. spouse, partner, parent) has Lyra or Modern Health EAP, you can receive counseling for free!
At this time, I am considered as an 'out-of-network' provider. If you have medical insurance with PPO, you may use your out of network benefits. Please directly ask your medical insurance company about your benefits. I'm happy to provide you with a monthly statement you can submit for reimbursement. Please note that if you use out of network benefits, I do not directly communicate with your insurance company, and I do not guarantee any form of reimbursement from your insurance company. Your insurance carrier may or may not reimburse the full/partial cost of services you received. All of my clients are fully responsible for payments of my services.
International travel insurance, expatriate health insurance, and study abroad insurance
If you have international travel insurance, expatriate health insurance, or study abroad insurance, your insurance carrier may cover counseling services, and they may reimburse you the full/partial cost of counseling services you received. Please directly contact your insurance company about your benefits. I'm happy to provide you with a monthly statement you can submit for reimbursement.
If you want to learn more about some advantages/disadvantages of private pay/using your insurance, please click HERE.
Please note that if you use out of network benefits, international travel insurance, expatriate health insurance, or study abroad insurance, I will not communicate with your insurance company and I do not guarantee any form of reimbursement from your insurance company. Your insurance carrier may or may not reimburse the full/partial cost of services you received.
Please click here to learn about the Good Faith Estimate.
Cancellation/rescheduling/missed appointment/tardiness policy
At least a 48 hour notification prior to your appointment is required to cancel or reschedule appointments. If you provide less than 48 hour notice of a cancellation or need for reschedule, or if you do not show up for your appointment, you will be responsible for paying the full session fee regardless of the reason. If you are late to your appointment, your session will not be extended. Without 48 hour notification, refunds will not be made.