FAQ | Thrive For Life Therapy | Answers to your Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This is dependent on your reasons for seeking therapy and your needs as therapy progresses. My perspective is that “YOU” drive your treatment, and how often you come is something that is dependent on your needs. We will collaborate together. Some clients come to work on a specific crisis issue and come every week for a few months. Many attend weekly therapy for a while, and then eventually move to every two weeks, or even monthly to “maintain.”

Standard sessions are 60 minutes long. I do offer 30 minute “check in” sessions via teletherapy only.

Availability is constantly changing due to the dynamic nature of personal care needs of patients. Generally it is best to make appointments with us.

Just call us, you will be taken care of.

Yes, we do have some appointments available in the evening or during the weekends. These are generally reserved for full-fee clients. Please call to see if we can accommodate your needs!

We do, at times, assign homework. If you know you will not complete it (we encourage you to try!) please be honest about this. We will refocus our efforts on “in session” strategies.

Change is hard. We’ll help you through it with whatever methods are most appropriate for your particular situation.

At this time we do not, however it is something that we are considering offering in the future.

This is dependent on the situation. If there are no immediate safety concerns (cutting, threatening suicide, etc.) I am able to provide therapy to children and adolescents.

Please call so that we may help evaluate your needs. If we are not able to provide the specific help that is needed, we are happy to refer you to a trusted professional that is equipped for your particular needs.

You cannot have two individual therapists. However, you may have a primary care physician or psychiatrist that treats you with medications while you have therapy with us. Therapy is generally recommended in tandem with pharmaceutical intervention.

If you are currently receiving couples therapy elsewhere we can provide individual therapy. If you are currently receiving individual therapy elsewhere we can provide couples therapy.

Due to a multitude of reasons, we have chosen to not accept most insurances. That being said, I do accept referrals from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. You can call and ask how to navigate that (951-223-5068). We can also provide you with a Superbill to present to your insurance company for out of network reimbursement.

I encourage you to call your insurance company for information on if they will accept a Superbill, and what potential reimbursement for some or all of your payments may look like.

It is up to you whether you want to sign releases (allowing me to share information) in regards to your legal issues. If you need a letter stating that you are in therapy, I can do so for an additional fee, but the information I will share is limited.

We do not assist with disability at this time.

We will never share your information or what you talk about in session with anyone else unless you have specifically requested it or we are legally required to do so.

There are circumstances where therapists are legally required to break confidentiality:

  • If there is risk of harm to self or others. If a client were to say that they are going to kill themselves or someone else, and we believe there is imminent danger, we will call an ambulance, family or the police to ensure the client’s safety (who we call is dependent on the situation).
  • If a child under the age of 18, or an older adult over the age of 65 is in danger (physically, mentally, neglect, sexually, or financially-for older adults) we are required to make a report to the Department of Social Services and/or the police will be called.
  • If your records are subpoenaed by a court.
  • If a client is experiencing a health emergency during a session we will call an ambulance and their emergency contact. We will not release any information regarding the client’s reasons for being in therapy.