What is a Marriage and Family Therapist and what services do they provide?

Marriage and Family Therapists are trained mental health professions who evaluate and treat individuals, couples, families, and groups dealing with mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Therapy can provide relief from stress, worry, fear, and despair, and replace those feelings with relief, hope, optimism, and happiness.

While Marriage and Family Therapists work with numerous types of issues such as self-esteem, anger, anxiety, depression, grief, unresolved trauma, relationship problems, and unexpected or difficult life events, they view and address these issues within the context of the individual’s interpersonal relationships with their significant other, family, community, and culture. Thus, in addition to personal development and addressing individual concerns and goals, Marriage and Family Therapists help to enhance the quality of their patients' relationships.

Do I need a Therapist?

People have many different reasons for going to a therapist. Some may be going through a major life transition (e.g. divorce, new job, retirement, etc.), or having difficulty managing stressful situations. Some people may be seeking assistance to deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, parenting concerns, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts, and creative blocks. Some people may be interested in personal growth and achieving their goals more effectively. Regardless of the circumstances, there may be moments when you would like some extra support and a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings as you move through these periods. It takes courage to face challenges and seek help.

How do I choose the right Therapist for me?

Participating in therapy is a personal decision, as is finding a therapist who is a good “fit” for you. Licensed psychotherapists in the State of California must undergo extensive education, training, and clinical fieldwork including a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised experience, and pass rigorous examinations to demonstrate professional competency. However, different therapists have different specialties as well as varied therapeutic approaches. You want to find a therapist who has had training and professional experience with the issues you want to address. In addition, there are logistical factors you want to consider such as fees, office location, and session days/times. One of the best ways to assess whether a particular therapist is suitable for you, is to make initial contact and ask them questions.

If you are wondering whether Susan might be a good fit for you, please call (858) 757-3310 or email her to schedule a free phone consultation.

Is therapy confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components of the therapeutic process, and successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with very sensitive subject matters that are usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. As such, the law protects the relationship between a patient and their therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without the patient's written permission. However, there are exceptions to this rule, which include: suspected child abuse, or dependent adult or elder abuse; if a patient is in serious danger of harming herself or himself, or has threatened to cause bodily harm to another person. In these situations, your therapist is required by law to notify the proper protective agencies. Kim Marriage and Family Therapy’s service consent agreement outlines this topic in further detail.

How long does therapy last?

There is no set length of treatment. The length of therapy varies depending on your specific needs, goals, and circumstances. Some people can come for one or two sessions and find that they have sufficiently addressed a specific problem. Others come with more complicated issues and may feel they need several sessions to more fully understand and resolve their concerns. Still, others may be dealing with persistent, long-standing problems and want longer-term therapy.

What are the fees and do you take insurance?

Therapy sessions are $175 per 50-minute session. Kim Marriage and Family Therapy is a private-pay practice and is not a contracted provider for any insurance companies or managed care organizations. Some patients with a PPO may find that their insurance will reimburse for a percentage of what they pay. If you choose to use your insurance, all fees are paid upfront and Kim Marriage and Family Therapy can provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance carrier for possible reimbursement.

For further information about insurance versus self-payment, refer to: http://www.sandiegotherapists.com/comparison.html

The following includes some questions you can ask your insurance carrier regarding fee reimbursement:

  1. Do I carry a PPO or an HMO insurance plan?
  2. Do I have unlimited or limited therapy sessions?
  3. Would I get fee reimbursement for services such as individual therapy, couples, therapy, family therapy, or group therapy?
  4. What are the reimbursement rates/percentage split?
  5. How long is the processing time for fee reimbursement?

What are your office hours?

Kim Marriage and Family Therapy tries to accommodate your scheduling needs as much as possible. Morning, daytime, evening, and some weekend session times are available. You are welcome go to the patient portal to see which days and times are available, and book the time that best fits for you.

What if I need to cancel and reschedule?

Cancelations and rescheduling can be completed by phone or on-line through the patient portal. Because a session time, once scheduled, cannot be used for another person, if you miss a session without cancelling or cancel with less than 24-hour notice, you will be charged fifty percent (50%) of the regular session fee for the first missed session. Any subsequent cancelled or missed sessions with less than 24-hour notice will be charged the full session fee.

Where is your office located?

Kim Marriage and Family Therapy is located at:
The Hacienda Building
12625 High Bluff Drive, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92130

Please see the Contact page for directions and a map.

Schedule a Consultation

For a free telephone consult, please complete the form below or call me at 1 (858) 757-3310. If I do not answer, I may be in session, so please leave a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

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