FAQs
How long is each individual session and how frequently do I attend?

Each 50-minute psychotherapy session is typically attended weekly, although this recommendation may be adapted to your specific needs.

What are your fees per session?

As of 01/01/2019, the cost of each individual adolescent psychotherapy session is $200 USD.

Do you take insurance?

While I do not currently accept insurance, I reserve a small number of sliding scale fees which are approved on a case by case basis.


Additionally, I can provide you with a statement to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please check with your insurance company to determine the rate at which you are eligible to be reimbursed.

What is your cancellation policy?

I work by offering each client a standing appointment time for which you pay on a per session basis. 48-hour notice is required in order to avoid being billed the full amount for the missed appointment. Every effort is made to reschedule any missed appointment as soon as possible.

How do you handle privacy and confidentiality?

All aspects of your treatment are confidential within the practice. Important exceptions include if there is risk that you might do harm to yourself or someone else. We are mandated reporters for child abuse.

Areas of specialty

Current and/or historical trauma, including physical and sexual violence
Anger management and acting out behaviors
Self-injurious behaviors
Depression & suicidal ideation and intent
Coping with academic stress
Sexual Orientation/Gender Questions
Sexual Health
Parent-child relationship
Peer and intimate relationships
Bullying, including emotional impact of social media

The session

I take an interactive, insight-oriented approach to therapy, offering feedback and building upon your existing strengths.

While I draw on a variety therapeutic methods, I believe that early life experiences and relationships can shape our strengths and challenges as adults.

 

I incorporate a range of research-based modalities, including Psycho-education, Art Therapy, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, and Cognitive therapies.

Adolescent Psychotherapy

My Adolescent & Teen Psychotherapy practice is focused on supporting boys and girls, ages 12 – 18, as they strive to meet increasing social, emotional and academic demands.


As an adolescent moves through puberty, rapid physiological, sexual, cognitive, and emotional changes take place; thus my work with this age group demands a style of fluidity and flexibility that is profoundly different than that of a child or adult. Coupled with societal and peer influences, this can be a confusing and difficult period, often marked by anxiety and even moments of despair. 

When a parent watches their once happy-go-lucky, gregarious child transform into a moody teen, it can be a disquieting and somewhat bewildering experience. The goal of therapy is to provide a judgment-free space in which your child can talk about the many important and stressful decisions he or she faces whilst building up the skills and resilience to lead a happy, healthy life.

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P: 415-578-0571

F: 415-925-0693

1730 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California, 94115

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