Q. How do I make an appointment?
A. You can contact me via email or phone to schedule an appointment.
Q. Where are you located?
A. I am located at the Cognitive Behavioral Health and Wellness Practice at the Flood Building, on 870 Market Street, Suite 915. The Powell BART station is located directly in front of the building, along with a number of bus line stops. The closest parking lots are the Ellis O’Farrell lot (directly across from the Ellis Street entrance to the Flood Building) and the Mission and 5th lot.
Q. How many sessions will it take to address my concerns?
A. I will work with you to come up with a plan for your specific situation. While length of treatment depends on your specific goals and circumstances, 8-20 sessions can often be sufficient (and about 5-8 sessions for sleep treatment). Because every situation is different, you may choose to remain in therapy for a longer period of time.
Some patients want or need a time-limited therapy. If this is your situation, I will work with you to determine whether it is possible to set a target number of sessions required to reach your goals.
Q. Do you prescribe medication?
A. No, but when appropriate, I refer my clients for a medication evaluation and work in conjunction with your prescribing doctor and medication regimen.
Q. Does what we discuss in therapy remain confidential?
A. Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires trust with subject matter that is often not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Some clients request that I share information with another provider (e.g., your primary care provider or psychiatrist); however, I will not release this information without obtaining your specific written permission. There are rare exceptions in which the law does require psychologists to breach confidentiality and to share information with appropriate persons or authorities (e.g. child protective services). This, too, is for the protection of clients or others that may be in harm’s way. Exceptions to confidentiality include:
- When you tell your therapist or lead him/her to believe that you intend to harm yourself or someone else
- When you tell your therapist of a situation in which a child, elderly person, or dependent adult may be being abused or neglected.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.