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Free Consultation

I believe that therapy is an important decision and investment of time and money; You want to make sure you are making the right choice. Having a “good fit” between a client and therapist is critical for a successful outcome. This is why I offer a free 15 minute initial phone consultation if you would like to speak with me before deciding to proceed with therapy.


Regular therapy sessions are 50 min. which is considered a therapeutic hour for individuals and for family therapy. The initial visit is a full hour. Please contact me to discuss the fees for service and how to get started in therapy. Sessions can be held in the office or via Telehealth through a secure platform.


I am a private pay practice and do not accept insurance. A sliding scale for the fee may be provided based on availability. Please feel free to ask before you decide you can’t afford therapy. I will work with you to make counseling affordable.

You may have an “out-of-network” benefit which allows you to see any therapist, pay directly, and then be partially reimbursed by your insurance provider. I can provide you with a Super Bill so that you have documentation to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

The best way to determine what portion of my fee may (or may not) be reimbursed by your insurance company is to contact them directly by calling the customer service phone number on the back of your insurance card (there is often a separate phone number for mental health or “behavioral health” services information). 

When speaking with your insurance company, you will want to ask them the following questions:


  • What are my “out-of-network” outpatient mental health benefits? How much of each therapy session will your insurance provider reimburse (this is typically a percentage)?

  • Must I meet a deductible (the amount of money you have to pay before your insurance company will start to reimburse you) before my benefits will begin paying for out of network providers? Have you already paid any of this deductible?

  • Are there any limitations to services (e.g., only a certain amount of money allowed for mental health reimbursements, a limited number of sessions, reimbursement only for certain types of diagnoses, etc.)?

  • Do you need any kind of special referral (i.e., from a primary care doctor) before I can be reimbursed?

  • How long will it take to get reimbursed after I mail my receipt?

  • Where do I need to mail or email my receipt?

Many individuals who have health insurance elect not to use it for coverage of mental health services, and instead pay for therapy as an “out of pocket” expense, or use their flexible or health savings account.  Most often, this is due to concerns about the privacy of their health information, and the potential release of this information to health insurance companies and their affiliated entities.


If you choose to book a consultation online, please understand that it is a request so it is not guaranteed. We will call or email you if that appointment is not available to reschedule. If your appointment is approved, you will get an email for our client portal to complete a consultation consent. If this form is not completed before your appointment, we will not be able to see you until it is completed. If you are having trouble filling out the forms online, please contact us via email or phone for assistance. 

If this is an emergency, please visit our "Links & Resources" page for lifelines and other resources or dial 911. 

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You Are Worth It. 

Contact Us


2150 Center City Parkway 

Suite M 

Escondido, Ca 92026


Office  (760) 642-1202

Fax     +1(951) 858-9215

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri

11:00 am – 8:00 pm




11:00 am – 8:00 pm

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