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Succulent
  • Are you accepting new clients?
    I will be accepting a few new clients throughout the next couple of months. Once those spots are full, I also offer a waitlist for people who would like to be alerted when an availability opens up. Please feel free to reach out to me if that is of interest to you. I will do my best to keep this answer updated. (Last updated September 2023) If this answer hasn't been updated in a while, it can't hurt to email and ask if I have availabilities!
  • What are your fees?
    50-minute individual sessions are $150. See below for questions about lower cost therapy spots and insurance reimbursement. Non-therapeutic professional services (such as professional consultation, webinars, guest lectures, and trainings) vary in cost. Feel free to email me to discuss fees.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    Currently I do not accept insurance directly and I am not paneled with any insurers. While I would love to make my services more accessible in this way, there are many reasons it is not possible for me at the moment. I'm happy to answer questions about this and I discuss it in more detail on my insurance information page. However, I do have clients with insurance plans which accept "superbills" (often PPOs) and who get partial or full reimbursement from their insurance providers. This means that clients pay upfront for therapy and then seek reimbursement from their insurer by submitting superbills. I'm happy to provide superbills on a regular basis, and they are automatically generated and readily accessible to you via the online platform Simple Practice. Unfortunately, I'm not able to guarantee reimbursement from your insurance provider. If you are unable to afford sessions without insurance reimbursement, I recommend speaking directly with your insurance provider beforehand. ​ If you'd like to know whether your insurance will reimburse you for services, I recommend following the steps outlined here on my insurance information page.
  • Do you offer sliding scale or lower cost services?
    Yes I do! I reserve a few lower cost spots for low-income LGBTQIA+ clients. Currently all of my lower cost spots are taken. Typically my clients with lower cost spots tend to stay for long periods of time, so it is relatively rare for one of these spots to be available. I will do my best to keep this answer updated. (Last updated September 2023)​ If this answer hasn't been updated recently, it can't hurt to email me to ask if I have any availability! For more options for therapists with sliding scale or lower cost options, please explore my directories and referrals page.
  • Do you offer services to people who are not residents of California?
    Yes and no! No, I do not offer therapy for residents outside of California as that would be a violation of my social work license. Unfortunately, most therapist licenses in the United States are still state-based and require us to only see clients who are residents in the state(s) in which we are licensed. I am only licensed in California. However, I do offer certain non-therapeutic services to peers and professionals outside of California, including professional consultation and social justice peer education. ​ If you think we would be a great match for therapy but you're in another state or country, feel free to check out my directory page for similar providers.
  • Do you only offer online services? How does that work?
    Yes my practice is 100% online! I do not currently offer in-person services and do not plan to change this policy at the end of the pandemic. So how does it work? We use a HIPAA-compliant online tele-health platform called Simple Practice. After completing some forms, you'll recieve a link to our first video chat. You can use your phone's camera, a tablet, or a computer with a webcam. Many people have understandable hesitations about trying virtual therapy, but there are also a lot of advantages to online therapy. No commute, fewer missed appointments, plus you can have therapy in your PJs while your cat purrs next to you! I'm able to provide lower cost spots because I do not have to cover the cost of an office. And you might be surprised to find that there is value in receiving therapy from the safety and comfort of your own home. Not only does online therapy protect us from exposure to the COVID-19 and other airborne viruses, it also provides long-term benefits for clients who are immuno-compromised, clients who struggle with executive functioning, and clients who have dynamic disabilities/illnesses (conditions which make your health unpredictable on a day-to-day basis). Online therapy may not be a fit for everyone, and that's okay! If you'd like to give it a try, or have further questions, please feel free to reach out.
  • Do you have weekend or nighttime availability?
    Unfortunately, I currently do not offer weekend or nighttime appointments. I keep regular hours, just like a doctor's office, and typically I see clients between the hours of 11am-4pm Tuesday-Friday. My latest weekday appointments begin at 3pm. Keeping to this schedule is a way that I take care of myself and prevent burnout, so that I'm able to be sustainably available to my clients long term.
  • Do you work with youth, families, or couples?
    While I truly love working with youth, families, and couples, and have years of experience with those populations, I am not currently providing therapy for youth, families, or couples. I find that I'm not able to work as effectively and safely with youth, families, or couples through telehealth as I can in person, so I will be postponing those services until I'm able to afford the costs associated with acquiring an office to provide in-person care. If you are a youth or family member seeking services, I encourage you to check out my directory page where you may find a similar provider who offers services through telehealth.
  • Do you offer text-based therapy?
    I do not currently offer text-based therapy services. While I would love to provide text therapy (which increases accessibility for clients with certain disabilities, sensory needs, and neurotypes), I am not currently able to do so as a result of my own disabilities. If you're seeking text-based therapy services, you may be interested in speaking to my supervisor, Tzippi Folinsky, who is experienced in this area.
  • What does it mean that you're an "associate clinical social worker"?"
    Being a social worker means that I was educated as a therapist to understand my clients through a social systems lens. ​ Being an associate clinical social worker (ASW) means that I am a provisionally licensed therapist, with a masters degree in social work, who is going through the process of becoming fully licensed therapist. Similar to how doctors go through a residency, therapists must also go through several years of clinical supervision, testing, thousands of hours of experience, and other requirements to complete the licensing process. In social work, you first receive your MSW, then become an ASW, and then an LCSW. ​ The difference in seeing an associate therapist is that we are required to regularly meet with a clinical supervisor to review our cases and get additional support and guidance. This ensures that we're providing ethical and appropriate care. Being an associate also means that I am earlier in my career than a licensed therapist who might have more years of experience under their belt. You can read more about my professional experience here.
  • Did you receive my email or scheduling inquiry?
    I do my very best to get back to every new inquiry within 14 business days. If it has been more than 14 days and you haven't heard back from me, please feel free to send me a second email! Sometimes things do slip through the cracks and I'll be happy to receive the reminder. I prioritize responding to existing clients, but do my best to keep up with messages from prospective clients and colleagues. Please note that while I do my best to respond as soon as possible, I cannot guarantee the availability of urgent appointments for new clients. If you are having an acute crisis, please reach out to your preferred local emergency services or seek a provider who is able to guarantee rapid availability.
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