I offer a boutique type of online psychotherapy practice for discerning adults, adolescents, couples and families. The emphasis is on quality of care rather than on seeing a large volume of clients. In general I work with higher functioning adults and adolescents. In fact, a large percentage of my clients are successful professionals and gifted students. Because the therapy I provide is exclusively online my practice is not well suited to individuals with serious mental illness, or risk of harm to self or others. Because I am licensed as a Psychologist in California, many of my clients are located throughout the state, but so too do I provide therapy to clients internationally. A significant percentage of my international clients are Western Expats working abroad and their families. My caseload includes individual therapy with adults and adolescents, as well as a fair amount of couples counseling cases. The family therapy I do tends to involve a combination of parent coaching sessions along with individual counseling of the younger person and some sessions where I also meet with the parents and the adolescent together.
My approach to therapy is highly individualized. Rather than putting people through a prefabricated program, I work with each individual, couple, and family to develop their own treatment plans based upon the needs and preferences of each client or system with whom I work. The style of therapy that I provide can be described as Strategic in that I strive to assist people in identifying and applying the strategies necessary to set up the conditions that will allow them to materialize the life they they want. Another characterization of the therapy that I provide is Person-Centered. The Person Centered Approach of Carl Rogers is considered an Existential-Phenomenological style of therapy which aims at promoting Self-Actualization. A central premise of Person-Centered Therapy is that inside of each individual is a tendency to move toward health. My clinical work embraces this view, and the therapy I provide is guided by the goal of supporting my clients in moving toward health and maximizing their human potential.
In general, my clients do not require a large number of sessions in order to obtain the results they seek, but I do tend to maintain contact with my clients for relatively long periods of time. Though this may sound contradictory, this is accomplished by a process of tapering off the frequency of sessions over time. I tend to see clients on roughly a week schedule for between 4-8 sessions, and then strive to extend the interval between sessions to every other week for another 4-8 sessions, and then extend the interval longer (perhaps 3-4 weeks), etc. In this way, though the total number of sessions needed my be between 12-20 visits, our work together may extend a year or beyond. Of course, throughout the process, clients are encouraged to schedule more frequent visits as needed, based upon events and challenges that could arise, but the overall goal is to support those with whom I work to move toward ever increasing independence and empowerment. Very clients who successfully complete a course of therapy with me will return years or months later for tune ups or to address a new life challenge.
As referenced previously, my practice is now exclusively online. I do conduct seminars and retreats at various times throughout the year, and clients often participate depending upon their interests and needs. Individual, couples, and family sessions can be arranged during these residential events, but overall the therapy I am presently providing is conducted online.
As a California Licensed Psychologist the services I provide may be eligible to be submitted for reimbursement by PPO insurances on an out of network basis by clients in California, and by clients abroad. I will provide superbills and other supporting documentation needed to submit for reimbursement. Unfortunately, I am not licensed in other states and so I limit my USA psychotherapy practice to California only.
I hope that this description provided a feel for the type of therapy I provide and me as a clinician. If you would like to continue to explore working with me I invite you to reach out and will gladly answer any questions you may have. Thank you for taking the time to consider working with me.