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HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?

45 minutes per session.  I also provide 75 to 90 minute sessions.

WHAT ARE YOUR THEORETICAL ORIENTATIONS?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  I utilize psychodynamic, attachment, client-centered, and humanistic theories. I also provide Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing treatment.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIALTIES?

Depression, anxiety, trauma, and acculturation issues.

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DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?

No, but I can provide resources that may help.

DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?

I am a Lyra provider. I do not accept other health insurance, but I provide superbills for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?

Please email for more information.

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DO YOU HAVE WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS?

No, I work only Monday through Friday.

CAN I MEET EVERY OTHER WEEK?

Your frequency of therapy depends on the presenting issues. I see clients once a week, once every other, or ad hoc. I require meeting with new clients weekly for the firs month.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY FIRST SESSION?

Expect to talk about your current life circumstances, sharing your goals in therapy, and giving a background of your family, work, and relationships.

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WILL MY WORK KNOW THAT I ATTEND THERAPY?

No.  Your relationship with me is confidential.

DO YOU SPEAK CHINESE?

No, but I understand elementary Cantonese

DO YOU WRITE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL LETTERS?

Yes, if you have been in treatment with me for a minimum of three months. I only write ESA letters for residences. I do not provide letters for airlines, other transportations or employment places.  

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WHAT'S YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

I require 48 business hours' notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment.

Emergencies happen and most people can't control their environments that may make them miss an appointment with less than 48 hours notice: kids are sick, Bay Area traffic, a work emergency, flus and colds. That's why I waive the first late canceled or missed session for each treatment year. After that I strongly adhere to the policy.

SHOULD I EMAIL YOU TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

You can email me or visit the client portal to find open appointments.

DO YOU HAVE IN-PERSON SESSIONS?

Not at this time, but I will in the near future.

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Do You Do Medical Leave?

Yes, after a thorough assessment, which can take up to two sessions. You are required to stay in treatment with me (at least one session per week) while you're on leave. I charge a fee for completing medical leave documentation and provider statements (15-minute increments). 

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