Frequently Asked Questions


 What is an LCSW?

To become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), individuals must meet certain educational and clinical practice requirements. This includes obtaining a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited institution and completing 3200 hours of supervised clinical work after completing their degree. This supervised clinical work is typically completed over a period of 2-3 years. Social workers typically seek supervision from licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, or psychiatrists during this time.

Once the supervised clinical work is completed, applicants must apply to the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for approval. As part of the licensing process, individuals are required to take and pass two qualifying state licensing exams. Upon successfully completing these requirements, the individual is granted the license of LCSW, allowing them to practice as a licensed clinical social worker.


 What is Psychotherapy?

As outlined by NASW, Psychotherapy is a specialized, formal interaction between a social worker or other mental health professional and a client (either individual, couple, family, or group) in which a therapeutic relationship is established to help resolve symptoms of mental disorder, psychosocial stress, relationship problems, and difficulties in coping in the social environment. Types of psychotherapy include, but are not limited to family therapy, group therapy, cognitive–behavioral therapy, psychosocial therapy, and psychodrama (Barker, 2003).


 What can I expect during a consultation?

During your free 15 minute consultation, we will speak further regarding your needs and to answer any questions you have. In addition, you will gain information about my therapeutic style and what I offer as a therapist.


 What do you charge per session?

My rates are $150 per session.


 Do you accept insurance?

Yes. Please schedule a consultation to check if insurance is in network.


 Do you offer in person sessions?

At this time, I am only virtual, also known as telehealth therapy. This is a great advantage for you because it eliminates the need for travel which eliminates stress associated with commuting, you can seek support without the need of being seen and it allows for more comfort and familiarity. This method is also found to be just as effective.


 Can my session be via phone call or video?

Sessions are usually conducted through video. However, clients have the option to do a phone call.


 How long are sessions?

Typically sessions are 53 minutes to an hour long. However, we will accommodate each individual's needs.


 How long will I be in treatment?

This answer isn’t black and white and there isn’t a right or wrong answer. Each person's treatment varies. This is really dependent on you and your progress. However, we will collaborate on a treatment plan to assist with reaching your mental health goals.


 How do I get started?

If you are ready to embark on your journey, please contact us and we will get you scheduled for a free 15 minute consultation to see if we are a good fit to work with one another. Sometimes, we may not be what you are looking for and our hope is that we can lead you in the right direction.


Can I get a letter for an emotional support animal?

Unfortunately, we are unable to fulfill this request unless we have been working with you for a substantial amount of time and are able to deem the request as necessary.


 Do you provide court mandated services?

Our practice does not offer court mandated services. However, we can provide resources/referrals for individuals that are in need.


What license do you hold ?

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California, regulated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), with license number #114254.


What therapeutic approaches do you use?

I believe there isn’t a one size fits all to provide treatment. I use a collaborative approach and a combination of problem-solving, solution-focused skills and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to provide treatment.


What are your specialities?

My specialties include anxiety, depression, Bi polar and all things self ( self-esteem, self-doubt, self-awareness, self-care, and self-love), life transitions, grief. Also, I enjoy working on identity issues, building relationships and relationship issues, workplace conflict, boundary setting, and career coaching.


What does BIPOC mean?

BIPOC is an acronym that stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. It is a term used to collectively refer to individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as belonging to non-white racial or ethnic groups. The term is intended to acknowledge and address the intersecting forms of discrimination, historical traumas, and social disparities that impact individuals who are Black, Indigenous, or from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

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