My therapeutic specialties
My specialty is in working with trauma and the ways that trauma presents itself
emotional dysregulation like anxiety, anger & depression
maladaptive coping like addiction or disordered eating
cognitive distortions like ruminating and catastophizing
I am a therapist that integrates somatic practices into therapy. Basically, feelings are not just experiences that happen in your brain. It's a felt experience and can be used in session. I help my clients to bring the wisdom of their bodies into their conscious mind to be utilized in session.
Therapy interest list
As of this time, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to work with you, so please continue to search for an appropriate provider in the meantime. I wrote this blog article about finding a trauma therapist that may be of use. And there is also the therapist finder through Psychology Today and the Somatic Experiencing website has a list of their providers as well.
Who I cannot work with
Unfortunately, I will not be accepting clients that are suicidal, homicidal, are having psychotic symptoms or I otherwise do not think I can help through my currently offered hours and availability. I also will not be accepting clients that cannot pay the full fee.
Why the odd hours
Simply due to the limitations of my own time. I have a career, family and create lots of free content and paid courses. So the odd hours are currently really all I can do. But if you've got the availability, it might be ideal for you too.
T, W, Th - 830pm - 50 minutes (virtual only)
Sa - 8, 9, 10 or 11am - 50 minutes
Email me for scheduling - firstname.lastname@example.org
Therapy is political?
Many factors come into play in therapy, including social, economic, political, cultural and religious. Any and all of these factors are welcome. It is not uncommon for me to address these in therapy as they are relevant to the client. I make no assumptions about how these pieces affect you on an individual level and realize you may be struggling with these pieces in ways that are not expected.
I do not disclose my personal political, religious or other beliefs during the course of therapy. I do not impose any of these beliefs on the client, nor do I treat therapy as an avenue for social change. Therapy is an individual process that is affected by the social and in turn affects the social. I have no pre-determined outcome in mind besides what the client and I agree on in the goals of treatment.
How I do therapy
Talk therapy that includes somatic elements, grounded in the Polyvagal Theory.
I do what we know works - I focus on the therapeutic relationship and I adapt to the needs of my individual clients. That means two things:
I listen, I validate, I don't judge, I expect and assume the best of my clients, make goals with the client and consistently ask for feedback.
I use various techniques based on what the client needs at the current stage of treatment: somatic awareness, in-depth processing, psychoeducation, grounding, looking at thoughts, just being quiet and listening or even calling you out on your stuff when it's needed. I adapt.
The techniques I use are always grounded in the Polyvagal Theory and the state of your nervous system.
Are we a good fit?
I don't think online therapy is ideal for every potential client, so my in-person weekend sessions might be better for you. If you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, I won't be the best therapist for you due to the limits I have. Likewise, if you think you need crisis counseling and flexible therapist availability, I am not going to be a good fit for you at this time.
Therapy is not something that is done to you. It's a process that is done with you. We're going to work together and you're absolutely a huge part of the process. I bring expertise based on training and experience. And you bring the expertise of your life.
Feedback is always okay and is regularly asked for.
Is online therapy secure & confidential?
Of course! Every digital tool that I use to interact with you is compliant with the mandates of HIPAA. This includes the video software, records keeping, billing and more. All of these tools are done through Simple Practice.
Your privacy is essential to the therapeutic process. It's not something I take lightly.
Why online psychotherapy?
Because it's a really good option for someone who needs after hours, weekend or distance sessions - when the kids are asleep and you don't have to take time away from work. (Just like me.)
Online therapy considerations
I can't see your body language
Eye contact is a bit off since we're looking at screens and not directly at each other
Electronic confidentiality & identity is potentially always compromised even with the best of efforts
Connection glitches & tech issues
Session rate is at the very top of this page
Payment is done automatically after each session through Stripe, using a credit or debit card on file with simple Practice.
I do not take insurance
I do not do sliding scale payments
I can provide you with a super bill upon request
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#99147) in CA, able to work with individuals, families, couples and groups.
Why only CA?
Each state has laws in place of who can provide therapy and to whom. Typically, if you provide therapy from one state, you can't do so over state lines to someone in a different state.