Where is your office located?
225 30th StreetSuite 312 Sacramento, CA 95816
What are your hours?
NHT is open M-F from 9 am – 5 pm with some limited availability for evening and weekend appointments.
How long are sessions?
The initial session is 90 minutes. Most other sessions are 60 minutes, but sometimes longer sessions are scheduled to better meet the client’s needs.
How long will I need to receive services at NHT?
This depends on many factors such as if you are currently dealing with a crisis, if you have been the victim of abuse, and how much time you are willing to dedicate to your treatment plan.
For those with mild circumstances and needing some direction, usually six months is normal to achieve your goals. However, for those with more severe issues, it can be a very lengthy process. Results are accelerated when people are motivated and ready to do the work to initiate their personal transformations.
How do I set up an initial appointment?
What is your cancellation policy?
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you notify me less than 24 hours of your inability to attend a scheduled session, you will be responsible for payment of the session.
If you have purchased a session pack, then you will lose one of your prepaid sessions. You will also be responsible for paying for the session in full if you fail to notify me of a need to cancel your appointment and you do not attend the scheduled appointment (no show).
What are your reasons for not taking insurance?
People are often perplexed as to why I have chosen to not be on insurance panels. There are several reasons.
- Paying-out of-pocket provides you with several benefits. The main benefit is you have more protection and control over your services. When you are a private pay client, managed care is denied access to therapy records. The benefit of your health insurance carrier’s inability to access your records including diagnosis and treatment plans prevents you from being denied access to specific treatments. In addition, if you were to lose your job, managed care would not be privileged to treatment information that could potentially prohibit you from being able to enroll with a new provider.
- Managed care providers generally attempt to dictate the course of therapy (number of sessions, frequency of sessions, types of treatment, etc.) The representatives of the managed care companies making decisions about your treatment have little or no training in the provision of psychotherapy. The focus of managed care is on minimizing costs, and they are regularly minimally concerned about what is best for everyone. For these reasons, I prefer for my clients and me to collaborate on the length of therapy, the type of therapy, and the focus of therapy without any restrictions from a managed care corporation.
- Finally, I do not accept insurance because I combine nutrition treatment and therapeutic treatment. Insurance companies do not recognize this combination of services as billable treatment. Therefore, for all these reasons, it is beneficial to both of us not to use managed care methods.
What age ranges do you work with?
I generally work with women ranging from 30 to 70 years of age, but I am always willing to work with women who are a little out of that range. I do not work with children or adolescents.
Why do you only work with women?
I’ve worked with men, women, adolescents, and very young children over the course of my career. Because of my own personal struggles, I feel like women are a population I can have the most impact with for them to overcome the suffering in their lives.
General Practice Info
What is your opinion about psychotropic medication?
This is indeed a very controversial subject. However, I believe in most cases natural solutions can be utilized more effectively than prescribed medications. While there are situations where medications are needed, I also believe that many people are overprescribed medication to mask symptoms.
Medication does not get to the root cause of the health issue, and more laboratory testing and lifestyle analysis is necessary to fully understand the meaning of a person’s symptoms.
What are “take action” tasks and why do you assign them?
To receive the most benefit of your time with me, I feel it is critical to extend our sessions with take-action tasks. You will receive a form each week to record your progress (takes about one minute daily to complete – I promise!).
Depending on what our focus is on in our sessions, assignments might include activities such as take 5 deep breaths before each meal, journal your feelings of gratitude, do a specific meditation, etc. The more you practice being healthy, the more likely you will BE healthy.
What is involved in being a part of the Habitually Empowered Program (HEP) and why would I want to be in this program?
HEP is a program for women who want to get out of their own way and become the most empowered and healthiest versions of themselves. It is intended for women to create long-term connections with other women who have similar struggles. It is a safe and inviting place to learn, to laugh, to share your sorrows, and to celebrate your wins with one another.
The program includes both group sessions to cover educational topics and group activities and individual sessions to address more personal issues, membership in a private Facebook group, video conference check-in calls, social outings, and more! To learn more about this amazing program, check out the page.
What types of therapeutic modalities do you use in your sessions?
I predominately use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). I also use Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). My main objective with each modality is to help people transform their hurtful inner critic into a compassionate friend, heal from past wounds, and find ways to stay present and to feel gratitude and love in their lives.
From a nutrition standpoint, once you have completed health assessment forms to identify your current symptoms, we review foods, menu plans, and possible supplements to maximize both your mental health and your physical health.
What is your professional training and experience?
I have two master’s degrees. The first is in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and the second is in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). I have worked in a variety of settings in the mental health field and as a nutritionist. See the About page for more details.
On a Lighter Note
What is your zodiac sign?
Scorpio; I hope that doesn’t scare anyone! I’m a very loyal and passionate person, but the vengeful description of Scorpios does not really apply to me. (Thank goodness!)
If you knew it was your last day on earth, what would you do?
I would spend every second with my loved ones letting them know how much I love them and how blessed I am to have them in my life.
I would not want to be somber and sullen. Rather, I would want to go for a long gratitude hike in a gorgeous forest with my loved ones and enjoy a scrumptious meal with them afterwards.
If it were truly my last day, this dream is most likely very unrealistic, but who’s talking reality?
What happens if I don’t complete my take-action tasks?
After calling your parents and giving you a two-hour detention, you will have to write 100 times, “I will do my take-action tasks.”
Okay. That is cruel and unusual. Nothing happens. However, just like in school when you did not do your homework, you are less likely to have the success in the program that you are hoping to have if you are not putting into practice what you are learning. Nothing happens when nothing happens.
Do I have to sit in the same chair every session?
No, but most often I find people are creatures of habit and choose to sit in the same exact place each time they see me.
Do I have a limit as to how many tissues I can use?
Yes, four per session and then there is a $0.50 cent additional charge for each tissue. [ Okay, sometimes, we all need a humor break 🙂 ]