Common Questions

Is therapy right for me?

Therapy is an individual process and will feel different for everyone. For example, if you feel stuck or if you feel as though you keep trying to change but cannot, therapy may be right for you. I will try to help you learn new ways to to see and solve your problems and make positive changes in your life.

Do I really need therapy? I usually can solve my own problems.

Yes, this is true, the majority of us tend to solve our own problems. However, think for a moment and ask yourself how often you feel as though these problems keep coming back. Therapy is used to help you see your problems or difficulties through a different lens. This is done with the feedback and guidance I provide. Although we are all capable of solving our own problems, at times, it helps to speak with someone else to help us see things that we may have been previously missing.

What is therapy like?

The initial session will be used to gather history and information about why you are seeking help. This is done in order to help the me assess and come up with a treatment plan for you. Therapy is an individual process which often requires honesty and motivation. I practice with a humanistic and client centered approach. This means that when you meet with me, I will work with you by meeting you where you are at, to guide you as you reach your goal.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes. Please call 661-431-1555 to have your insurance verified.

Is therapy confidential?

Therapy is confidential with limits. Limits to confidentiality exist to protect the patient and the safety of others. These limits include thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself or others, child abuse, and/or elder abuse. These limitations will be discussed in further detailed during the initial therapy session. Often the concern is that information discussed in sessions will be given to your employer or family members. This is NOT true. In order to release information that is not a limitation, you must sign a release form in order for me to give out specific information.

What is my role in therapy?

The role of the patient is to attend therapy sessions with an open and honest mind set. Therapy requires vulnerability which is often difficult. However, being honest with oneself and with me will allow you to face feelings of anxiety, fear, and vulnerability.

What can I expect with therapy?

You can expect therapy to feel rewarding and at times uncomfortable. Often times, people expect therapy to be a quick fix with the therapist advising them what to do. With therapy, progress is slow but long term. My role is not to give advice but to help guide you on your journey of overcoming difficulties you are facing.