What is the purpose of therapy?


What will therapy be like?


I will work with you from a supportive, empathic framework. Together, we will examine what goals you have for your life and how therapy may help you reach these goals. The first meeting includes discussing what brings you to therapy, goals for therapy, and background information that gives context to your concerns. We will pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and explore any ways your relationships, family, and cultural contexts relate to your presenting concerns. I attend to your unique, individual needs while using an integrated interpersonal, multicultural and cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation. I offer counseling interventions that are culturally appropriate and grounded in psychological literature.


How long is therapy?

The reasons a client comes to therapy influence what is focused on during sessions and how long therapy continues. Typically, therapy sessions occur weekly and last for 50 minutes.


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. Prior to meeting in person, it can be very helpful to speak briefly (15 minutes or less) on the phone 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.

Please note that due to limits of technology, email is not a guaranteed form of confidential communication.

If you are experiencing a crisis, you should call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.


How much does therapy cost?

Individual therapy: $250 for 50 minutes.

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