What is you approach to therapy? I describe my approach in two ways: You can visualize us being on a boat, where you are navigating the seas and I am there to help navigate. I will guide you in igniting the strengths you already have, while helping you discover more. I am there to help with the sails, give direction, and even take over the wheels if needed. I am will help guide you through the waves to get to calmer waters. You may also visualize yourself as a garden and I am helping you tend to this garden. Planting seeds, picking weeds, providing water and sun, finding the beauty is flowers that may be losing life, reviving, cutting thrones, and tending to the roses to help them bloom. Helping you identify what your garden needs.
What types of interventions/model’s do you use in therapy? I believe everyone is different and deserves for their treatment to provide what they need. No one person is the same. I am an integrative therapist; meaning I pull from a variety of modalities and interventions. My main approaches are Trauma Informed, Culturally Sensitive and Affirming such as Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strength Based Approach, Holistic Therapy, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic. Somatic, Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. I enjoy receiving feedback and learning about what has and has not worked for you.
What is the Always Live Lovely Framework? Through my therapeutic framework you will learn how to tend to your garden (your mind) by examining how to think, feel, be, and live lovely in order to help you reach your therapeutic goals. We do extensive work on your thoughts and feelings to help you gain insight and awareness. We encourage you to practice in your day to day to establish a new sense of being. Nearing the end of therapy you will be able to easily apply what has been learned to live out the life you worked hard for. My framework is based in CBT.
What can I expect the flow of sessions to be? I offer short and long term therapy. Depending on the chose approach the first 1 to 3 sessions will be spent gathering intake information and ensure we are indeed a good fit. We will then collaborate to make a growth (treatment) plan. From there we will get into the flow of working towards your goals. Towards end of therapy we will prepare for graduation, reflecting on growth, resources, and next steps. I have custom Always Live Lovely worksheets I will share with you as needed to help with treatment. I will always share resources I am aware of provided by myself and others to help as well.
What services do you offer? I only offer individual and couple’s therapy services for adults 18 to 50. I do not currently provide family or child therapy.
What are your day’s of availability? We are open to provide therapy services on Wednesday’s ONLY from 9am to 4pm starting January 8th, 2024.
What would make me not be a good fit for services through Always Live Lovely? Unfortunately, we are not able to provide services if the presenting problem is due to an eating disorder, high risk (actively suicidal or homicidal), substance use, self-harm, or personality disorder. Although we are trained to support a variety of issues, due to being mainly virtual and it not being our expertise we would refer out.
What payment do you accept? I currently only accept out of pocket pay. I accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. For self-pay client’s, I can accept Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Saving Account (HSA) in the form of a debit/credit card.
Unfortunately, I do not have any open insurance slots.
Individual Therapy : $180 for 50 minutes
Couple’s Therapy: $230 for 50 minutes
Do you offer sliding scale? Limited lower fee available upon request, qualification, and openings. I do offer free podcast and low cost products for purchase.
Do you offer sessions in person? I only provide Teletherapy; 100% online; virtual therapy
Do you offer free consultations? We believe it takes a few sessions to get to know each other and ensure we are genuinely a good fit vs 15 minutes. All the information you would need to know is provided on this website to determine if to move forward with starting services. Please read this page and therapy services link. If you think we are a good therapeutic match or would like to give Alway’s Live Lovely services a try, please send us an email. If you have additional questions you can send us an email or give us a call.
Is virtual therapy for everyone? During our first few sessions we will determine if you are a good fit for virtual therapy. Some presenting issues I am unable to assist with virtually are substance use, eating disorders, personality disorders, and active suicidal ideation if unable to agree to safety terms and conditions.
Can I book a session with you if I live outside of California? I am only licensed in the state of California. I am able to provide support to residents throughout the entire state.
Other information for me to know? Therapy is a journey, not a quick fix. Investing in your health is the best decision you can make. In therapy you will receive growth assignments that will require you to do work outside of therapy to practice skills and gain insight in your day to day life.
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