FAQs

What type of therapy do you practice?
How do I know you are the right therapist for me?
Why do people usually come for therapy?
How often do therapy sessions occur?
When are you available for sessions?
How long does therapy usually last?
What is your fee?
What does it mean to be licensed?
What is the difference between a licensed therapist, psychologist, and a psychiatrist?



What type of therapy do you practice?

I deal with the here and now and what is currently bringing you to therapy. If this relates to situations in your past we will take the time to discuss how your past experiences relate to you today. The focus is on your journey.

My approach is honest, yet compassionate. With a focus is on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviors my hope is to help you find greater satisfaction in your life.


How do I know you are the right therapist for me?

Feeling comfortable with your therapist is crucial to help make changes happen in your life. From our first phone conversation we determine if we make a compatible team. If so we determine when to schedule your first therapy appointment. If not, I can provide referrals upon your request.


Why do people usually come for therapy?

There are several different reasons why people seek help from a therapist. Some reasons people may seek therapy include pressures of daily life, family situations that are suddenly burdensome, relationship issues, or needing help working through a loss or transition. Talking about these issues can normalize the situation and can decrease individual stress.


How often do therapy sessions occur?

The timing of sessions will vary. We can discuss the frequency of sessions during our first appointment. Clients typically come in once a week to maintain stability and once goals are reached we can revisit the frequency of sessions.

 

When are you available for sessions?
Elaine is available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for therapy sessions. Options available for Wednesday morning or Saturdays in an emergency.


How long does therapy usually last?

The length of therapy depends on the issue and how fast you want it resolved. Some people just need a few sessions and others need support over a long period of time. Treatment does not have to last forever. Once you have met your goals we have a closing session in order to conclude our time together. We discuss what counseling has done for you, where you are going, and what you will remember about the therapy sessions. We may decide that it would best to touch base at a later time to follow up on how you are doing.


What is your fee?

$125/session for 50 minutes to an hour. Sliding scale for restricted incomes may be available upon request. Insurance copays and reimbursements may vary. At no time does a client pay the difference between my fee and reimbursement of insurance.


What does it mean to be licensed?

In the state of California, the Board of Behavioral Science currently tests and issues licenses to LT (License Therapists, recently changed from MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist). You may still see LMFT or MFCC which are all the same degrees. The state of CA is trying to consolidate all these under one title.

In order to earn a license, you must earn a Masters Degree at an accredited university in the field of counseling. For example, my degree is in Counseling of Education from the University of San Francisco. One must then intern under a Licensed Therapist until standards are met, currently that standard is counseling for 3000 hours. Finally an oral & written exam must be passed with the licensing body of California.


What is the difference between a licensed therapist, psychologist, and a psychiatrist?

The major difference is length of training, focus of practice and fee.

  • A licensed therapist has earned a masters degree which normally takes 3 years. There are additional requirements in the state of California such as minimum number of intern hours and an exam.
  • A psychologist has earned a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) which normally takes about five to seven years to complete. Other expertise may include psych tests. Don’t confuse a school psychologist certificate program which is tested and evaluated in a school environment only.
  • A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) who completes medical school and an additional four years of psychiatric residency. Psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medications.