About Therapy

I offer professional, affordable, and confidential psychotherapy services, welcoming clients from all religions, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and sexual orientations. As a therapist I see my role as one of a facilitator, providing an environment that is gentle and safe for exploration and discovery while incorporating the qualities of mindfulness, creativity, wholeness, spirituality, humor, Contra Costa Therapistand resilience.

In working with clients, I always keep in mind that you are the expert on you. If something I suggest feels uncomfortable or not a fit for you, please bring it up in session. You never have to say or do anything you do not want to.

Services Offered:

  • Individual psychotherapy for adults
  • EMDR – Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Collaboration with other healthcare professionals
  • Treatment Summaries
  • Online therapy via secure portal, where appropriate
  • Workshops
  • Presentations to groups and schools
  • Complimentary appointment reminders via text, email, or phone

Goals and Benefits of Psychotherapy:

Many factors affect  the therapy process, and it’s not always possible to predict the exact methods or outcomes of therapy. Therapists have different personalities and work with different theories and techniques, so sometimes a client and therapist just dContra Costa Therapyon’t hit it off. Sometimes the therapy moves in an unexpected direction, or life events (change in job, death in family, etc.) change the focus of therapy. Sometimes, the results of therapy may not be what you originally expected and can even be unsettling. For example, you may discover that you have a career interest that changes the direction of your life or the relationships you currently have.

Through regular treatment planning and updates, I aim to help you reach your goals and minimize the disruptions to your life. Our first few sessions will be mostly assessments – information gathering sessions that help me to understand the issues you bring and what you would like to achieve. In the beginning it may not feel like anything is improving, and occasionally it may feel like things are getting worse. Please let me know about these feelings, as well as giving me the time to gain a full understanding to put together a treatment plan with you.

Treatment Planning:

Treatment planning is a process where strengths and goals are identified and a plan to reach your goals is created. This is usually done after the second or third session and then again every 3-6 months, depending on the client. We will work together to come up with an individualized plan for you.

Frequency and Length of Treatment:

Most clients respond best to weekly therapy sessions, particularly in the early stages of therapy. We will discuss how often to meet in our first session. You (the client) decide when to begin therapy and when to end. As therapy progresses, clients often cut back frequency to meet their needs.

Confidentiality and Limits:

Confidentiality is essential to trust in the therapy room, and every effort is made to protect your confidential information. It is important to know that there are certain instances where Beverly may be required by law to release information:

  • If there is reasonableBay Area Therapists suspicion of abuse of a child, disabled person, or an elderly person, I am required to report it to appropriate authorities.
  • If a client is a danger to him/herself or to others, I need to take appropriate steps to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • In the event of a court order for me to appear in court or produce your records when you have not signed a release form for me to do so, I will work with an attorney to take whatever steps I am allowed to protect your privacy.
  • When third parties pay for treatment, such as insurance plans that pay for therapy or regulatory agencies that have mandated therapy, they may require that I provide some confidential information. In these cases, I will discuss the information being released ahead of time with you and ask you to sign a Release of Information Form that describes what I may release and to whom.

Additionally I may consult with other professionals from time to time to ensure that I am providing the best treatment possible. The focus of these consultations is treatment options and approaches, and I avoid using information that will identify you personally.

Client files are maintained for seven years after treatment ends, with the exception of files for minors. These files are maintained until the child reaches age 18 or for seven years, whichever is longer.