Offering therapy services for adults & elders in and around Campbell, California
Individual Therapy for Adults
I work with individual adults utilizing cognitive behavioral (CBT) and existential therapy techniques to help you discover your genuine values, examine where you may be stuck in your life, and take action to move in the direction of what you truly desire. Who are you? Who do you want to be? Together we can look at these questions and generate new possibilities for you to try, moving you in the direction of your most fulfilling, authentic life.
It sometimes happens that when a relationship is having problems, one partner wants to go to counseling and the other one doesn’t; maybe they’re not ready or they’re not comfortable with therapy. In this situation, individual therapy can be very useful to help clarify your wants and needs, work on asking for what you need and hearing what your partner needs, or making the decision to stay or go. The members of a couple form a system and making changes to one part of the system can have ripple effects, increasing the health and well-being of each individual partner and the whole relationship.
Relationship issues are not reserved only for those in committed partnerships. Single people experience relationship issues in the form of feeling unable to find a satisfying relationship, or replaying the same unhealthy dynamics with one potential partner after another, or questioning whether your current partner is The One. Maybe you constantly find yourself stuck in the “friend zone” or as a “friend with benefits” or can’t seem to find someone who treats you well. Through counseling, I give you the safe, non-judgmental space and tools to understand these patterns and how you can break out of them.
Therapy with Parents of Young Children
Becoming a parent and raising young kids brings many struggles along with many joys. It can be difficult to talk with others about the fact that being a parent is not always fun. Sometimes parenthood may even lead to unexpected feelings of depression, anxiety, or anger. Even when we love our kids, we don’t always love being “on” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When the demands of parenthood become too much, counseling can help you sort through your feelings, forgive yourself for not being perfect (because no one is), and cope with the stress of care-taking while learning to balance your own needs and wants with everyone else’s.
Couples are often surprised by the changes a child makes to their relationship. Functioning on reduced sleep, balancing family and career, and tending to the constant needs of a helpless little being can leave you exhausted and irritable, with limited time and energy for each other. With less time to honor each other’s grown up needs, parenting partners may start to fight more and feel disconnected. I work with parents of young kids to understand and accept this new phase of life, communicate productively about your feelings and needs, and reconnect with your partner so you can enjoy your relationship as well as your rugrats.
Couples therapy differs from individual therapy because the person you’re having conflict with is present with you in the therapy room. While this presents meaningful opportunities for learning new, more effective ways of communicating with each other, it also opens the door for emotionally triggering interactions that can you leave you feeling worse than ever. If you and your partner are struggling because your communication is toxic or abusive, I am not the best couples therapist for you. You may want to start with individual therapy or I am happy to recommend therapists who work with a volatile communication style. This style includes frequent yelling/screaming, insults, name-calling, swearing at each other, throwing or breaking objects, or physically intimidating or harming each other.
When I work with couples, I use principles from Gottman couples therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy to help you identify areas where your interactions have become unproductive and replace those with more useful methods of communicating. It’s easy to fall into bad habits as we deal with the day-to-day requirements of life. Couples therapy is a place to break those habits and experiment with new ways of relating. We all want our partner to “have our back” and it’s frightening when we think that’s gone. I find it personally rewarding to help couples discover or rediscover the friendship at the heart of your partnership and the strength in your mutual vulnerability.
Sometimes couples come to therapy hoping the therapist will get their partner to change. It’s important to realize that both partners create a couple’s dynamic and the only person you have control over is yourself. You probably already know exactly what’s wrong with your partner, so couples therapy will help you seek out and discover the ways in which both of you can change yourselves to improve communication, intimacy, and connection.
Rates & Insurance
A standard therapy session is 50 minutes. The fee for a 50 minute session is $160.
I accept cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover).
How can you schedule an appointment?
Call or text me at (408) 874-6574 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will briefly discuss the issues you’re struggling with, decide if we are a good fit, and if so, set up our first session for a convenient day and time. Many people work full-time and understandably want to schedule therapy around their work hours. Therefore, evening appointments fill up quickly. When arranging your appointment time, consider if you can come in during morning or lunchtime hours, as this will enable us to schedule your session more easily.
I ask for at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, as your session time is reserved especially for you and it is difficult to let other clients know about last-minute availability. If you give less than 24 hours notice, I charge the full cost of the session as booked.
I work with all PPO plans as an out-of-network provider. This means I give you an invoice, or “superbill,” after approximately every four sessions which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Reimbursement rates and insurance deductibles vary so be sure to check with your insurance carrier. I also provide services for clients who do not wish to use their insurance or wish to pay privately.
I am contracted with several employer-sponsored EAP providers: Lyra Health, Concern, and Modern Health. Please let me know if you wish to access therapy services through one of these programs.
Please note: Psychotherapy is covered by employer-based health savings accounts, such as a Health Savings Account (HSA), Medical Savings Account (MSA), or Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). Funds can be used for deductibles, copayments, and qualified health expenses that aren’t covered by insurance, such as those provided by out-of-network providers like me. A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows for reimbursement of healthcare AND childcare/dependent care expenses.
Using your HSA/MSA/HRA/FSA can work in several different ways. You might have access to your account via special checks or a credit card, or you might ask me for an invoice so you can be reimbursed by your health account. Check with your insurance carrier to see how your account works.
Navigating the insurance maze can be difficult. I am happy to work with you to help you understand your coverage and make the most of your benefits. The following may be helpful questions to ask your provider:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?