Frequently Asked Questions


Questions About the Practice

1. Where are you located? 

We are located at 166 E. Foothill Blvd in Arcadia. In order to protect our patients' privacy, we do not have any signs that indicate we are a psychology practice. To the left is a picture of our entrance as seen from Foothill Boulevard.

2. Where do I park?

Ample street parking is available. After parking, have a seat in our waiting room. We will come get you at the time of your appointment.

3. How much is it per session?

A 50-minute session is $190. I will provide you with the necessary paperwork for you to file with your insurance company.

4. What forms of payment do you accept?

Numerous forms of payment are accepted including cash, check, Venmo, and Zelle.


General Questions About Therapy

1. Why should I see a clinical psychologist (as opposed to a counselor with a different degree)?

Clinical psychologists receive extensive training in the treatment of emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems. They attended graduate school and obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology, which typically involves 5-6 years of study and supervised clinical practice. Because of their extensive training and emphasis on research, clinical psychologists integrate evidence-based practice into their work. In other words, if you went to see a clinical psychologist for depression, you would most likely receive only those treatments that research has shown to be most effective for your concerns. Many other mental health providers have master's degrees, which typically involve 2 years of training and place less of an emphasis on evidence-based practice and research. These individuals tend to focus more on everyday problems whereas a clinical psychologist can address these concerns as well as those of individuals with a diagnosable mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.

2. What do all of those different initials mean behind the name of different mental health providers?

For a great explanation of different types of mental health providers, click here

3. Does going to therapy mean I am "crazy?"

Absolutely not!  Going to therapy shows that there is something going on in your life right now that you want to change and you are willing to put in the work to improve your life. 


Your First Visit in Our Practice

1. What can I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit will most likely focus on what brings you in and what you would like to change. Providing this background information will help us get a sense of your concerns and goals for treatment so we can best work together.

2. What is the role of parents in therapy? 

The role of parents will highly depend on why you are coming in. Parent involvement is most common in younger children (e.g., dealing with temper tantrums) but less likely with teenagers, who prefer privacy. In this case, parents are kept informed about their child's general progress but not the specific details of what is discussed. If anything comes up that I feel parents should know, I will work with your teen to help them tell you themselves.