Below are answers to common questions about my counseling practice. If you have further questions or are ready to make an appointment, please contact me here.
When Are You Available?
My office hours are flexible. Call me on my cell phone for confidential easy access and appointment making. Cell (949) 636-7529 or e-mail me. Your communication with me is strictly confidential as I do not have a secretary or answering service.
What can I expect on the first appointment?
If you have not been to a therapist before, you may be a bit nervous. That is natural. I want to help you feel emotionally safe and cared for. I will listen and ask a few questions to help you explain your thoughts, feelings, questions, wants, and hopes. If you want we will plan a second session and we will go from there with a solution oriented focus depending on your goals. I do want your feedback so I can best tailor my help for you.
How long does therapy last?
We will discuss it though it will be your decision. At the conclusion of therapy, know that my door will be open for you when and if you desire to return.
What about insurance?
I take payment directly except I am in network with AETNA PPO, Open Access, Choice and NAP. I will do Aetna billing with your co-pay. That being said, therapy is the relationship between you and me. I strictly respect your privacy and confidentiality. For that reason I do not have a secretary, billing person, answering service nor desire to confess to an insurance company about your situation and progress. I will give you a bill (receipt/superbill) for your payment to me that you can submit directly to your insurance company, other than AETNA. If you choose my bill will include a diagnosis, a date, and fees paid for you to submit to your insurance company. In order to get paid, a claim (bill) must include a diagnosis. It is the same as car insurance in many ways.
Where are you located?
My counseling office is located in Rancho Santa Margarita, but many of my clients come from Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and Foothill Ranch. I am close to the 241 toll road. I now also have an office in Corona del Mar. Both addresses are on the home page of this website.