FAQs

Psychotherapy Sessions (click each box for the answer)
Do you work with teens?

Yes, though they’re typically older teens i.e. at least 15 or 16 years old.

Do you work with men?

Yes. About 20% of my clients are men. For some reason many of them have been referred to me by the women in their lives.

Do you work with couples?

Yes. I’m trained in Imago Relationship Therapy. Couples sessions are 90 minutes or 120 minutes long.

Are you a licensed psychotherapist?

Yes. I’m licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (License # MFC 46963) and I’m licensed in the UK with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred 684460).

Do you accept insurance?

I am considered an “Out-of-Network Provider.”  To find out whether you have benefits simply call your insurance provider, ask whether you have “out-of-network benefits for mental health,” and what those benefits are (deductible amount and percent reimbursed).  I don’t liaise with insurance companies directly, but I can provide you with receipts for our sessions which you can submit to your insurance company.

 

 

What type of psychotherapy do you do?

I’m psychodynamically trained, integrating cognitive, mindfulness-based and somatic modalities. The approach looks at your unconscious programming and helps you work with thoughts, behavioral patterns and coping strategies that are no longer serving you.

 

 

Are sessions in person, by phone or by video?

Currently I’m only taking on clients willing to work via phone or video.

How long will psychotherapy take?

It varies quite a bit but I don’t do short-term work (10 sessions or less) simply because I find that’s never enough time to achieve lasting and transformative change.

How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me?

I find most people have a gut sense after a first session. I think scheduling an actual session with a therapist (or a few therapists) is the best way of deciding who is the right fit for you. Follow your intuition.

Do you offer sliding scale?

No. I’m no longer taking on any clients on a sliding scale fee basis.

Do you do coaching?

Yes, I also offer coaching. Elements of coaching are often weaved into our psychotherapy sessions.

Transform Your Eating Online Course (click each box for the answer)
Is the course therapy?

No this online course isn’t psychotherapy and shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for individual psychotherapy. It’s an online self-study course, with 8 group coaching calls,  which teaches you everything I know about recovering from disordered eating.

What kind of disordered eating does the course focus on? And does the course address anorexia?

Disordered eating exists on a very long continuum. Some people struggle with their weight and eating but wouldn’t be anywhere close to meeting the clinical definition of an eating disorder. Others have been battling a fully blown eating disorder for a long time.

In this course I’m primarily addressing Binge Eating, overeating/compulsive /emotional eating and bulimia. I also talk about restrictive eating since that’s often a big part of the Diet/Binge cycle. The course doesn’t address anorexia.

Can I take the course even if I’m busy/traveling during the eight weeks?

Yes. Everything in the course is downloadable. Meaning you can have lifetime access to all 8 modules and revisit them whenever you like. The group coaching calls will be recorded so it doesn’t matter if you can’t be there live (you can email in any questions/struggles you’re having).

Does the course suggest a particular diet or way of eating?

The course isn’t promoting a diet. The first module takes you through the different questions you’ll face when trying to figure out what/how to eat. I explain the different options you have and what’s typically recommended by eating disorder experts. This can look very different to what a diet/health expert recommends since the focus here isn’t just on what’s the “healthiest” food choice – the focus is on freeing yourself from the obsession with food and weight so you discover freedom around food.