Please contact me to discuss my professional fees. I also have a few sliding scale slots in my practice.
If you have PPO Health Insurance or a Health Savings Account you may receive reimbursement through your insurance provider. I can provide you with an receipt with everything required. I accept credit card, cash, check or apps including Venmo, Google Wallet, PayPal and Stripe.
I am an out-of-network provider. My clients pay me directly and I give them receipts to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement based on plan offerings. You can call your insurance company and ask what they cover for out-of-network mental health.
Many of my clients are happy to find out that their insurance plans reimburse anywhere from 40%-80% of each session.
I can provide you with an receipt with everything required by your insurance company.
50 minutes once a week is the standard meeting time, especially when we first meet. Meeting more frequently allows us to dive in efficiently and deeply.
110 minute sessions are also available and are often utilized by couples who need more time or EMDR sessions.
Full day with Valerie I also offer all day intensives with clients that may include multiple locations depending on what we create.
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. I request that you give 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule a session. Otherwise, you will be responsible for the fee.
If you are sick and can’t come into the office, we can switch to a phone or online session without having to cancel if it’s within the 24 hour cancellation period.
The length of therapy differs for each person and depends on many factors.
Brief therapy would look like 6-10 sessions focused on one life stressor or immediate issue of concern.
Strategic level therapy would focus on building a foundation for a deeper navigation into life themes and ranges from 3-6 months.
Optimization level therapy takes our work to the next level beyond immediate crisis and excavation into optimizing your state of being, your day-to-day living, your interpersonal relationships, career and spirituality. Length of therapy can be weekly or bi-weekly and lasts 6 months+.
I provide therapy to clients anywhere in California and often have entirely online therapy relationships this way. I like to provide the flexibility to meet conveniently as I often travel myself and like to honor that adventurous spirit in others as well.
I also offer coaching to clients across the US and around the globe, so meeting online is an excellent way to connect.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. These include: psychodynamic, CBT, experiential and somatic therapies. EMDR protocol uses an 8 phase approach, with a range of 3-10 sessions for effective treatment.
EMDR divides trauma into Big ’T’ trauma such as abuse, car accidents or surgeries, while little ’t’ traumas encompass childhood related issues leading to low self-esteem, phobias, performance anxiety or addiction issues. I do a full assessment of clients to determine if EMDR is right for them. Some clients come to me just for EMDR and we simply do that work together for 3-10 sessions. I also integrate EMDR work in with most of my longer term clients as we deem fit.
I offer both therapy and coaching depending on your needs. I am a big believer in integrating both. My therapeutic training and 18+ years of experience allows me to travel with you into the layers of your past, connect that to the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of the now to create insights and awareness. Coaching focuses on challenges, goals and actions steps for the future. I find that a blend of coaching and therapy helps clients to dig deep and form a more solid inner-self relationship, and create action plans for how to activate change