This is different for everyone and depends on your personal needs. Some individuals are looking for short-term therapy, which may be anywhere from 6-12 sessions. Other individuals want to work on deeper concerns, which may be months to years. I usually see my clients once per week, however, depending on your needs and the severity of your concerns, we may see each other twice a week. Once clients start feeling better and maintaining their progress, some choose to see me every other week or once a month. During our initial session, we will explore what frequency might work best based on your needs and goals for therapy.
If you are in immediate crisis or experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. I am only available to respond to clients during my normal business hours. While I will make every effort to respond in a timely manner, please do not wait for me to call you if you are in crisis and need support immediately. Below are resources you can utilize.
24 Hour Santa Clara County Crisis Hotline:
Text "RENEW" to 741741 to speak confidentially with a Crisis Counselor, 24/7.
24 Hour California Youth Crisis Line:
If you need to talk outside of your regularly scheduled session, I will try my best to fit you into my schedule but I cannot guarantee this will happen. Oftentimes this looks like a brief telehealth session via phone or video. Please note, for any brief interactions we have in-between sessions that are longer than 15 minutes, you will be charged the individual therapy fee rate per minute.
I am an out of network provider, so I don’t contract or work directly with insurance. Depending on your insurance, I can provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement based on your eligibility. In order to provide a superbill, I will have to provide a mental health diagnosis as this is required by insurance. If you would like to use your benefits, please contact your insurance and inquire about your out-of-network coverage.
During the consultation call, we’ll talk about what brings you to therapy, what you’d like to work on, and your goals for therapy. I'll give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and I'll also share a little about myself and my therapy practice. If it feels like we would be a good fit to work together, we will schedule an initial session.
The first session is considered an intake or assessment session. I will ask questions to get to know you better by learning about your current and past symptoms, stressors you are experiencing, your family history and upbringing, your culture, support systems, and any other important areas of your life. At the end of this session, we will talk about goals you want to work on throughout therapy.
After the initial session, we will work together to support you in feeling better. There are times I may be teaching you skills that you can practice to manage difficult emotions and experiences, and there are times when I create space for you to share anything that has come up since our last session. My approach is collaborative and tailored to meet each of my client’s needs. Some individuals prefer a more direct approach, some want small goals to work on in between sessions, some want to dive deep into past hurts or traumas, and some clients find healing through the conversations and insights they gain during our sessions. There is no “one size fits all” model for therapy and together we will explore what works and feels best for you.
Not necessarily. Sometimes we go to therapy because we notice we are feeling “off”, and we are having a hard time naming what is going on for us or what may be contributing to this feeling. Other times, we go to therapy because we know we are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and we may know exactly what we want to work on. Starting therapy is a huge step that takes a lot of courage. You don’t have to have all the answers. Part of my role as your therapist is to help guide you in figuring out where to start. Your job is to show up and be your authentic and vulnerable self. While healing is often difficult and takes work on your part, I am here to support you throughout the journey.
I graduated with my M.S. in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University in 2017. I have worked in a wide range of settings and with many different populations and age groups. I have worked as a therapist at an elementary school and middle school, I have been a therapist at a local domestic violence shelter, and I worked with families and youth in both a clinic and community based setting.
Currently, outside of my private practice, I work at El Camino Hospital in their Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient program for adults with acute mental illness. I work with individuals experiencing mood disorders, suicidal ideations, and I work with mothers experiencing peripartum and postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis in a one-on-one and group based setting.
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