Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.
— David Richio

Finding the right therapist for you may be the most important part of your treatment. In order to get the most out of therapy, it's best to feel comfortable and confident with your therapist. 

Should you decide to work with me, you can count on me to be honest, insightful and compassionate. I create a warm and caring environment by building a trusting relationship based on respect, acceptance and understanding, where clients feel safe to identify and address obstacles for growth and change. When issues are beyond your control, I can help you find new ways of relating to your situation and help you access your inner wisdom and strength, which can reduce your emotional pain.

I take into context your larger life perspective, with special focus on your strengths and unique experience. I use a collaborative, integrative and holistic approach to support you. I believe there is a dynamic connection between mind, heart, and body that affect one's overall health. I will support you in making changes that can help you reach your goals, attain emotional well-being, and improve your life. 

I work with individuals and families in my private practice in San Carlos, California as well as provide counseling online to residents of California. I provide psychotherapeutic support to clients to help them:
• reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress
• improve relationships and decrease conflict
• enhance parenting skills and improve family functioning
• assist in recovery from eating disorders
• address other issues related to food, eating, body image and weight
• decrease emotional or compulsive overeating
• eliminate excessive exercise or other compensatory behaviors
• make peace with their inner critic and reduce perfectionism
• increase self-care, self-acceptance, self-compassion, self-confidence and self-love
• work through grief and loss
• navigate life’s transitions and achieve personal growth

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Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
— Brené Brown

GETTING STARTED

Taking the First Step
Reaching out can often be the hardest part when looking for support or considering making a change. Once you contact me, we willl schedule a 15-minute, no-fee phone consultation, and together we will decide if working together would be a good fit.

Session Length
Individual sessions typically run 50 minutes. Although the first session may be 60-75 minutes in order to gather history, answer questions, and figure out goals for working together. The length of time in treatment can vary, depending on your goals, motivation, and needs.
    
Payment
Payment is due at the beginning of each session. I accept cash, checks and most major credit cards.

Rates
My rates are comparable to other Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the area. Please contact me to inquire. 

Insurance
Currently I am not on any insurance panels, but I am able to provide you with information that can be submitted to your insurance company for potential out-of-network reimbursement.

24-Hour Cancellation Policy
I maintain a 24-hour cancellation/rescheduling fee policy. You will be responsible for the entire session fee if cancellation/rescheduling is within 24 hours of your appointment time.

Telephone Availability and Emergencies
I respond to calls within 24 hours during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Pacific). In case of emergencies, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you are not in immediate danger but need to speak to someone urgently, please contact the 24–Hour Crisis Hotline (800) 273-TALK(8255) or (650) 579-0350.


Contact me for a free 15-minute phone consultation to explore your options for help.