Living with chronic illness? Depression, anxiety, bipolar II disorder? Chronic pain, chronic stress, overwhelming life changes, grief, insomnia, or other sleep problems? Feel like you’ve been misdiagnosed or are searching for an accurate diagnosis? Going through a divorce or figuring out where to start after getting a divorce? Send me an email or give me a phone call and we can start down the path of improving your quality of life and creating the changes that you want.
    I utilize an integrative, strength-based approach with the individuals I work with; tailoring treatment to each persons specific needs & goals. Over the past 13 years I’ve worked in the following settings with a wide variety of individuals and diagnostic presentations: private practice, Kaiser, UC Davis, outpatient county mental health, inpatient psychiatric facilities, substance abuse treatment, & I’ve provided consulting services to behavioral health organizations. I was recently elected, by other Psychologists, to serve on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association.
    Q Do you take insurance?

    At this time I am an out-of-network provider. You can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or pay directly for services. If you have out-of-network benefits, you may submit your receipts to your insurance carrier for partial reimbursement (varies by plan).

    To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:

    -What are my mental health benefits?
    -What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
    -How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
    -How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
    -Is approval required from my primary care physician?

    Q What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

    It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.