Counseling sessions with Kristin
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No matter which method of therapy I am using there are a few things that are always true about working with me. See below to answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about my services.

How do sessions with you work and how much do they cost?

I offer sessions that are 55 minutes in length. My fees are visible on my online schedule. I accept payment by cash, checks, debit cards and Visa/MasterCard. I don’t have a requirement that you attend weekly sessions. My schedule is available online so that you have the freedom to choose when and how often you participate in therapy. Some clients do sessions each week while others vary their breaks in between sessions from several weeks to several months.  I believe therapy should fit your needs.


How do you conduct sessions?

I conduct all of my sessions remotely by Zoom, FaceTime, or phone.  Occasionally I meet people in person on the Big Island or in my California office at:
406 Mission Street, Suite E. Santa Cruz, CA 95060


What is your cancellation policy?

A 48 hour notice by phone and email (to insure the message is received) is required for cancellations or rescheduling. The full fee is charged for late cancellations and for missed appointments without notice. This policy is necessary because if you miss an appointment without notice or cancel an appointment without informing me at least 48 hours ahead of time, I am unable to utilize that time for another client who may have wanted that appointment. Therefore, I must ask that you take responsibility for compensating my time.


Do you accept insurance?

One of the benefits of being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is that some insurance providers will reimburse clients for therapy sessions with me. I am happy to give you an invoice for our sessions that you can submit to your insurance provider, although I cannot guarantee reimbursement. Check with your health plan, as a doctor’s referral may be necessary for reimbursement. My clients are responsible for paying me in full for my services at the time of our session.


How many sessions will it take to address my problem/issue?

Resolving your issue will depend on the issue itself, your commitment to change, and your own ideas about therapy. Therapy, where we are focused on a specific issue, can be shorter term. Typically, you will know within 3 sessions whether working with me is effective for you. At least three sessions are helpful because it gives us a beginning, a middle, and an end. Weekly therapy sessions can be quite effective for more deeply-rooted issues. Open-ended work provides more space for the whole process to unfold in its own time. I don’t have a formula that applies to each client. Instead, we work together to decide what will work best for your individual needs.

How do I choose a therapist?

There are two things that are most important in finding and building a client-therapist relationship: #1) The therapist has a philosophy and a way of working that fits with your beliefs. If you like what I have to say, call me to schedule an appointment.

#2) You and the therapist have a good rapport. Rapport means that you actually like the therapist as a person, not just as a professional. You should feel comfortable with her/him/them, and be able to comfortably share the deeper parts of yourself.

Scheduling an appointment and having a session is the best way to figure out #2.


Do I have to come to therapy every week?

No. I do not have a requirement that clients commit to a weekly session. I work with my clients at their own pace and at the frequency that works for them emotionally and financially.

Can I end therapy when I want to?

Yes, you may end therapy at any time. But therapy often brings up painful memories and emotions which the therapist will encourage you to explore. It does, therefore, require a certain commitment and a desire to carry it through. But in the end it is the client’s choice to finish the therapy when they see fit and for the therapist to support them in this.

What issues or problems do you work with?

Any current issue can be resolved with therapy because everything is fluid: your body, your environment, your relationships, yourself. I have created a list of issues that are more “typical” of the problems that I address with my clients. If your issue is not on this list, it doesn’t necessarily mean that therapy wouldn’t work. Please call me to discuss your individual issue to determine if working with me could work for you.
  • Relationship/couples issues
  • Premarital counseling
  • Problems related to past abuse or trauma
  • Issues related to pregnancy, infertility, miscarriage, the transition to parenthood
  • Parenting – the complexities of parenting children from birth through adulthood
  • Adolescence – I work with parents in supporting their teens
  • Depression, moodiness & feelings of sadness
  • Feelings of loneliness & isolation
  • Weight issues (overweight, body image, eating disorders)
  • Sleep disorders (nightmares, insomnia)
  • Medical Crises and Facing Death
  • Phobias and Panic
  • Emotional stress or anxiety
  • Unexplained fatigue or difficulty sleeping
  • Family conflict or tension
  • Divorce or separation
  • Blended family issues
  • Parenting a child with behavior problems
  • Difficulty coping with change
  • Fear, anger or guilt
  • People pleasing patterns
  • Conflicts with co-workers or peers
  • Grief or emotional pain
  • Low self esteem
  • Troublesome habits
  • All types of compulsive or self-limiting behaviors
  • Old beliefs and painful memories
  • Women’s issues
  • Spiritual confusion
  • Aging issues
  • Life coaching
  • Psychedelic therapy preparation and integration