The process of choosing a psychoanalyst is a highly personal one. Below are some questions I commonly hear when people first approach me.
What types of people do you see?
There isn’t one specific profession or personality type I work with. It’s about the intention of the person. I work with people who are genuinely looking to grow, be challenged and look deeply at themselves with radical honesty.
Some people I work with are seeking to break through blockages and longstanding self-destructive patterns. While others are thriving in their lives, engaging in an audacious creative endeavor that could benefit from a more intentional examination.
What issues/problems do you address?
I help people work through creative blocks, finding their purpose, relationship difficulties (professional, familial, interpersonal), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, complex trauma, sexuality, gender identity and any struggle with love, including self-love, finding love, couples looking to work things out, and couples looking to find a peaceful way to say goodbye.
Along the journey, while navigating through any of the above challenges, people can find themselves in a state of crisis, or feeling lost, or in sheer existential pain. Together, we develop the necessary tools to get to the other side.
How long are your sessions?
My sessions are 45 minutes in length. However, in certain situations, I schedule longer sessions when doing so would be beneficial to the process.
How much do you charge and do you take insurance?
A private fee scale is available and fees are determined individually. At the end of each month, I’ll give you a statement to submit to your insurance company. Often patients receive significant reimbursement.
For people with fewer resources, I can refer you to Access Institute for Psychological Services. Based in San Francisco, their mission is to provide high-quality therapy at an affordable cost.
How do we begin working together?
There is no “one right way” to begin this process. I find some people know exactly what they need to address while others simply have a feeling that something needs to shift.
Meeting in person is the best way we can truly get a sense of one another. Usually, within the first few sessions, we both get clearer on the objectives, see how it feels to work together and figure out how we can move forward with a treatment strategy that feels right for you.