Frequently Asked Questions

How can you make an appointment?

You can contact me by phone (Office: 510-841-9230 x141) or email. During business hours, a Wright Institute receptionist may answer the office number, and can transfer you to my direct extension. If you email or are leaving a message, I will get back to you as soon as possible and usually within 24 hours.


Can we speak before deciding to come in for a face-to-face meeting?

Yes. Prior to meeting in person, it can be very helpful to speak on the phone (approx. 15 minutes) to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy, address any questions you have for me, and mutually decide whether to proceed to schedule an in-person appointment.


How much do services cost?

Individual Therapy: $250 for 50 minutes.

Consulting: Fees are contingent upon factors such as length of services, materials provided, preparatory meetings, and travel time.

Reduced fee sessions are available in limited circumstances, based on factors such as income, financial need, student status, and therapist openings.


What forms of payment do you take?

I accept payment by cash, check, or credit card at the time of service.


Do you take insurance?

At this time, I take Aetna and Anthem Blue Cross insurance. If you are using your insurance, you will be responsible for your co-pay at the time of the session (usually $15-$20), and I will bill your insurance separately for the rest of the fee due. If you wish to use another insurance plan, I will provide you with billing statements that you may then submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.


What does it mean that therapy is confidential?

As a licensed psychologist in the state of California, I have the ethical and legal duty to keep client information confidential. Confidentiality helps create an environment where clients can openly disclose personal information they may not share otherwise. There are some legal exceptions to confidentiality, which will be covered during our first meeting and is described in the Informed Consent document on the Polices and Forms page.


What is the difference between therapy and consulting?

While there is some overlap between therapy and consulting, the latter tends to be more directive and shorter in duration. Consulting can take the form of one-on-one meetings with feedback and problem solving as well as group training and seminars.