Advance Counseling - San Diego
Are you accepting
new clients now?
Where are you
What type of therapy
/ counseling do you do?
How long does
your type of therapy / counseling take?
What is your training
and how long have you practiced?
Do you accept
insurance or TRICARE ?
How can I encourage
my partner to join me?
Are you accepting
new clients now?
Yes, we are, and I'd be honored
to assist you . However, my practice is almost full, so if I can't
help you now, please accept my apologies.
counseling San Diego
for your complimentary,
10-minute phone consultation.
you located, please?
Our office is conveniently
located in Hotel Circle South in Mission Valley, San Diego, California.
for a map and directions to easily see where we are.
of therapy / counseling do you do?
I do what's known as brief, solution-focused
therapy. It's not designed to go on a long time .
Rather, it's designed to determine what the issues are quickly and then
find solutions to them. It is very interactive and educational.
I don't tend to just sit in the chair and nod and take notes.
You'll hear as much from me as I'll ask to hear from you.
when counseling more than one person, I may use a systems approach.
This orientation believes that if something troubles one person, it
cannot help but affect other important people in that person's life.
Balance between the needs of the individual, the couple, the family,
and society is important to me.
does your type of therapy / counseling take?
Each person and couple
is different and we treat our clients as the unique people they are.
problems can be resolved quickly and others may take some time. I am
committed to work as briefly as possible.
Naturally, it also depends
on how committed and dedicated you are to the process.
I can only
urge that you be patient with yourself and with me as I get to know
you and your needs.Sometimes communication around problem areas can
be difficult. At these times, we will both need to maintain a
dialogue until we reach an understanding of the difficulty. If
for any reason I cannot continue to be helpful, I will make every reasonable
effort to assist you in finding other sources of help.
your training and how long have you practiced?
I am a fellowship-trained,
California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#41279) and have
been in private practice since 1994. I am also licensed in Colorado
and Florida. I hold an
PhD in Psychology (Clinical), with a concentration in Health Psychology,
from Fielding Graduate University; an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, with
an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University;
and a B.S. in Physics from Tulane University.
APA-accredited clinical adult neuropsychology
internship and six months post-doctoral fellowship training in pediatric
neuropsychology. A specialist in
chronic pain management (including
and in treating
post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
, I am a certified, experienced American Red
Cross Disaster Mental Health Provider and served as a volunteer counselor
for Columbine Connections in Littleton, California.
am invited to appear on radio and television as an expert on various
Do you accept
Many people not familiar
with the the medical and mental health systems do not realize their
insurance records are often not as protected as they should be.
Diagnoses can stay in your record for years and be seen by people you
would not otherwise authorize to see it. At times, such unauthorized
access has proven harmful to a person's employment status, or life and/or
health insurance coverage. We choose not put put our clients at
Therefore, in order
to protect the confidentiality of our clients, as well ensure our clients'
ethical treatment, we do not work directly with insurance companies,
including TRICARE , Medicare and Medicaid. It's far more important
to us to protect our clients than to get more clients. However,
we do issue receipts you may use to file for reimbursement.
If you have any questions
in regard to the above, just ask us. We'll be happy to answer
all your questions.
I encourage my partner to join me?
At times, when a couple is having
troubles, one partner may want to seek professional assistance, yet
the other may balk or even refuse to do so. Men, in general, have
more difficulty making the decision to get help. Often this is
because men sometimes feel they should be able to solve the problems
on their own, or may think counseling is too "touchy-feely."
I invite each couple member to
call me and discuss things before our first meeting. Such phone
conversations give each partner a clear idea of what to expect in our
counseling process and the amazing things they can achieve with our
guidance. Also, they learn I do very practically-oriented counseling,
which is anything but "touchy-feely."
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