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 problems
  • Major and chronic depression
  • Anger
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress management
  • Behavior modification
  • Disordered eating
  • 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 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 for service 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 telehealth video sessions for out-of-town clients?
I do provide telehealth sessions for current clients who wish to continue meeting while traveling for work or during extended school breaks.

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.