Frequently Asked Questions about Chico Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

How can you help me?
I provide psychotherapy for a variety of concerns, including

  • Anxiety and related disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Major and chronic depression
  • Anger
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress management
  • Behavior modification
  • Parenting support
  • Life transitions

I also offer sport psychology consulting for athletes and performing artists.

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. For more information, please click here.

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 provide individual psychotherapy for adults. I specialize in treatment for generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and relationship problems. 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, an evidence-based treatment that’s collaborative and goal-directed.

What is cognitive behavior therapy?
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) examines how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected, and this information is used to create plans to feel better and improve functioning.

How can we explore the prospect of working together?
Please email me to request a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your concerns, treatment goals, and the structure and direction of therapy. If you indicate before or during the consultation that your symptoms or conditions are outside my scope of practice or treatment expertise, or if I believe that you would benefit from more intensive care than what I’m able to provide, I will inform you that I’m unable to offer services and give you some suggestions to find a provider who’s a better fit.

What will the first session be like?
During the 75-minute intake session, we’ll discuss what to expect from our work together, practice policies, confidentiality, your personal history, concerns and goals for therapy, and treatment planning.

How long are sessions?
The intake session is 75 minutes. Psychotherapy 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 $175 for 50-minute psychotherapy sessions and $250 for the 75-minute intake session.

Do you accept insurance?
I have a self-pay practice, which means that clients pay all fees at the time of treatment, and I don’t process insurance claims. I do, however, provide invoices (called superbills) upon request that you may submit to your insurance carrier to request partial reimbursement. 

Do you offer video sessions?
I offer teletherapy video sessions for clients living in California.

What is your privacy policy?
Your privacy is extremely important to me. I follow federal HIPAA guidelines closely to ensure your Protected Health Information (PHI) is secure. For more information about my privacy policy, please review my Informed Consent and Notice of Privacy Practices documents on my forms page.