Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

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Do you accept Insurance?

I am not in network with any insurance companies and I do not bill insurance directly, though I can provide receipts that patients can submit to their insurance for reimbursement.  Payment is expected at the time of services, and sliding scale fee is available on a case by case basis.

 

Do you offer evening and weekend appointments?

I do have flexible appointment times available. Please contact me with your particular scheduling needs.

 

What is forensic psychology?

Forensic psychology is the study and practice of the interaction between psychology and the law.  In addition to my clinical training and experience, I also have specialized training and experience in the field of forensic psychology. This includes evaluating and treating people who have a psychological element to their involvement with the legal system, such as victims and perpetrators of crimes, people involved with active legal cases (plaintiff and defense), and parolees struggling with reintegration and chronic recidivism. 

 

What is your legal Experience?

For over 10 years, I was the executive assistant to a forensic psychiatrist and I was entrusted to research, proofread and edit reports for legal cases nationwide (criminal & civil).   I also consulted with attorneys pertaining to case status, transfer of records, and retainer policies and procedures.

Now that I am a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in my own right, I am able to consult with attorneys on case conceptualization and strategies, and I can provide expert witness opinions on civil and criminal matters, including emotional distress (personal injury, trauma), malpractice, sexual harassment, competency, physical/psychological/sexual abuse, homicide, wrongful death, wrongful termination, divorce, child custody, priest/coach misconduct, and copycat violence.

 

What is "Coaching for creatives"? How is that different from therapy?

Before I became a psychologist, I trained and worked with hundreds of creative people in the "storytelling" industry, in theatres, television studios and on independent film sets around the world.  I have helped dozens of wonderfully creative (and often emotionally sensitive) people, such as actors, writers, and directors, to develop their craft, enhance their performance and collaborate with production team members, related to specific productions/projects.  While it is my policy to keep coaching sessions confidential, this does not mean that coaching sessions are the same as therapy.  In coaching sessions, the topics discussed are related to the specific project/performance issue at hand and do not delve into the the kinds of deep psychological issues that therapy does.  Coaching sessions may be scheduled in brief bursts over a few weeks that stop and start as rehearsal/production schedules change, whereas therapy sessions are scheduled on a consistent basis over a period of time. Coaching can include character and script analysis (looking at the psychological issues, motivations and messages conveyed to the audience through verbal and nonverbal cues), breaking down writer's block, preparing for auditions and adjusting sensitivity to rejection to maintain confidence and creative flow.