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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between Therapy and Coaching?

Therapy
Coaching
Focus
Healing the Past. Focus is on emotional experience and symptoms.
Creating the future. Focus is on values, goals, actions, and outcomes.
Your goals
Therapy can be helpful for mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, addiction, resolving past trauma, phobias, and insomnia.
Coaching can be helpful for improving your quality of life by improving performance, creating a vision, making decisions, navigating obstacles, and creating work/life balance.
Style of Conversation
Therapists use inquiry, insight, artful questioning, and reflection. The client does most of the talking.
Coaches use provocative questions, and give direct, reliable feedback, ideas for action, and support. The conversation is a collaboration.
Professional Role
A Therapist has expertise with the problem for which you are seeking help. She is able to give a mental health diagnosis and provide treatment for your concerns.
A coach will collaborate with you to help you clarify and meet your goals. She is a co-creator, sometimes an advisor, mentor, or guide. She helps provide structure and accountability that helps you move forward.
Insurance
Health insurance companies pay for treatment of medical conditions, and therefore they may pay part or all of the cost of counseling.
Because there is no medical condition, coaching is private pay.

What Are Your Rates?

Taking the important step of contacting a therapist or coach is making an investment in yourself and your future. When you make this kind of commitment, you start to feel better.

Please contact us to discuss our individual, couples and family therapy, and coaching fees. We will usually clarify and agree upon the fee when scheduling your first appointment.

We offer a limited number of sliding scale openings for those who are unable to afford our standard rates. As with all topics, the fee is something that can be openly talked about and we encourage it.

Which Insurance Plans Do You Take?

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Some staff are contracted as “preferred network providers” with the following plans:

  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser – with pre-authorization (call for details)
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Cal / Partnership Health Plan / Beacon
  • Magellan
  • Western Health Advantage
  • Value Options
  • SCAN

It is always best to call your insurance company (phone number on your card) to clarify your benefits. We suggest asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

We will help verify insurance coverage and submit all billing directly to your plan. Even if we are not part of your plan’s preferred network, “out-of-network” benefits may directly reimburse you for a portion of our charges. Feel free to ask us about this.

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.   Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.

Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.

Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes .

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.

In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy.

Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence