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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Gottman Method?


The Gottman Method is the product of 40 years of researching couples’ patterns, comparing how satisfied vs. dissatisfied couples communicate and treat each other. A thorough assessment uncovers the couples’ strengths and areas needing improvement. My role is to coach you through a) strengthening your friendship, b) improving your communication patterns, and c) creating shared meaning. Rebuilding trust and commitment may be areas of emphasis, as needed, such as in the event of a past affair. The goal is to teach you and your partner to use these skills so that you no longer need me.



How long does treatment last?


Typically, treatment lasts 3-6 months of weekly therapy. Of course, this depends on the extent of the difficulties in the relationship. In some cases, therapy can last up to a year.  After treatment has ended, it can be helpful to come in for periodic booster sessions.



Is what we talk about held confidential?


Yes, what we talk about is held completely confidential unless a) you are a danger to yourself or someone else, b) there is suspected child (under 18) or elder (over 65) abuse or neglect, c) the treatment record is court ordered, or d) you sign a release of information that allows me to communicate with someone else. When conducting couples therapy, I consider the couple to be the treatment unit and therefore both parties would need to sign a release of information before any information is released.



How much does treatment cost?


Individual therapy costs $250 per session. Session duration is up to 50 minutes. 

Couples therapy costs $350 per session. Session duration is up to 75 minutes. 


I accept cash, check, all major credit cards, google pay, apple pay and health savings account as payment at the time of service.


Do you accept insurance?

I accept Lyra Health and Modern Health, both of which are offered through some employers. Check with your HR department to see if your employer offers either of these to its employees.


If your insurance allows for out-of-network providers, I would be happy to provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance so that you may be reimbursed for (at least part of) the session cost/payment.  

I was a Medicare and Medi-Cal provider while working at Kaiser Permanente. I do not accept these insurances in my private practice. I am an opt-out provider for Medicare at this time, which means Medicare will not cover any treatment that I provide. Unfortunately, I am not able to provide treatment to Medi-Cal clients given that I cannot bill you nor Medi-Cal for the services I provide. Please let me know if you are a Medicare or Medi-Cal beneficiary prior to starting treatment. 


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