Frequently Asked Questions
Where is your office in San Francisco located?
Do you accept insurance?
I am not on any insurance panels. However I do get paid by insurance in situations where there is an “out of network” benefit. Also there are certain insurance plans that cover most practitioners. Since most people have no idea if these provisions applies to them, please call me at 707-254-5377. I will suggest how to determine if your insurance might be able to help cover your costs.
What if I don’t know what is wrong with me? Should I be diagnosed 1st?
It is not necessary to begin psychotherapy knowing if you have a diagnosis. Working together in a safe atmosphere, we can remove obstacles and inhibitions that have prevented you from achieving your goals, whether long sought after or of recent origin. As you begin to discover the nature of the obstacles that have been standing in your way, you hold powerful information that can change your life. When starting therapy, you could be dealing with challenging circumstances in your life. How you get to feeling better after beginning therapy is what’s important and will be our focus.
Where is your office in Sonoma located?
Do you follow a particular line of thinking regarding therapy?
I come from a humanist tradition, which means I care about my clients. Within that humanist tradition, I learned that how people are raised, for good and for ill, has an influence on the way they experience the good and the ill in their current life. It appears to me quite often that people come to therapy motivated to master their problems. My expertise is to help my clients find ways to do so.
What is clinical social work?
Just as there are doctors with different specialties, social workers also have diverse therapeutic approaches and areas of clinical interest. Social workers provide more psychotherapy than any other discipline in the United States. Working with people therapeutically in a variety of settings is considered clinical work. As a therapist, I have done clinical work in settings as diverse as in-patient hospitals, out-patient clinics, substance abuse clinics, and in private practice.