Overcome negative thinking patterns by changing behavior first. Give yourself evidence to think in more realistic and useful ways.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY
Evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, anger, and relationship problems.
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- Generalized Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Major and Chronic Depression
- Chronic Stress
- Life Transitions
- Relationship Conflict
- Behavior Problems
- Parenting Challenges
- Athletes and Performing Artists
- Director of the Chico Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- California Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PSY27859
- Diplomate and Certified CBT Therapist, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
- PhD in Clinical Psychology, DePaul University, 2004
- Author of CBT and Me at Psychology Today
- Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Chico
- Listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry, 2017-2020
- CMPC (Certified Mental Performance Consultant) #532
- CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association)
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you help me?
I provide psychotherapy for a variety of concerns, including anxiety and related disorders, major and chronic depression, anger, relationship problems, stress management, parenting challenges, behavior modification, and life transitions.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is sometimes called counseling or talk therapy. The purpose is to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental environment for you to develop personal insight and coping skills.
What is a psychologist?
In California, a psychologist is licensed by the state’s Board of Psychology. To become licensed, one must earn a doctorate in clinical, counseling, or educational psychology, complete 3000 hours of pre- and post-doctoral supervised professional experience, and pass national and state licensing exams.
Who are your clients?
I see children, teens, and adults for individual psychotherapy. I also offer parenting support and consulting services for athletes and performing artists.
What is your treatment orientation?
My approach to treatment will depend on your unique goals, which we’ll identify in the first few sessions. For symptoms of anxiety and depression, most people benefit from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment that’s collaborative and goal-directed.
What is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive behavior therapy examines how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected, and this information is used to create plans to feel better and improve functioning.
What will the first session be like?
The first session takes 75 minutes for an intake assessment of personal history, problem identification, goal setting, treatment planning, and discussion of policies.
How long are sessions?
The first session will be 75 minutes. Additional sessions are 50 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
After the first few sessions, most people begin to feel hopeful about the future and motivated to change. In the sessions that follow, we’ll emphasize skill building. Everyone’s different, but this often takes an additional 8 to 20 sessions.
What are your fees?
Fees are $150 for 50-minute sessions for psychotherapy, testing, and performance enhancement services. The initial session is $225 for 75 minutes.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time, I do not accept insurance. However, your insurance company may provide partial reimbursement for services provided to treat a mental health condition diagnosed by a qualified professional. I will be happy to provide a “superbill” with all the necessary information for you to submit a claim to your insurance company directly.
Do you offer video sessions for out-of-town clients?
I do provide “telehealth” video sessions for current clients who wish to continue meeting while traveling for work or during extended school breaks.