FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you accepting new clients?
My availability does tend to change from time to time, so the best way of getting the most up to date response is to contact me directly. Please feel free to email me at JodiS.MFT@gmail.com.
What is your fee?
My rate is $185 for a 50 minute session or $275 for an 85 minute session.
Can I use my flex spending account or FSA?
Yes, I am set up to accept payments made by an FSA designated credit card.
Do you ever see clients on weekends or evening?
Yes, depending on the day of the week, I have availability that spans from morning to evening and I do see clients on Saturdays as well.
Where are you located?
I am located in Hillcrest at 3821 Front Street, San Diego CA. 92103
What do I need to do to prepare for my first session?
Before your first session, I’ll send you an email with a link to your own personal individual
client portal where you can access all the forms you will need for us to get started. I use a site which is HIPAA compliant, which means it meets the highest level of security standards so that your information will be protected and safe. Filling out these forms ahead of time will save us some time and allow us to hit the ground running.
Do you take Insurance?
What about my privacy?
Everything discussed in therapy is private and confidential with the following exceptions:
suspected child, elder and dependent adult abuse, when a client makes a reasonable threat of violence towards a reasonably identifiable victim, when a client presents a danger to themselves or another person, or when there is a court order. Feeling at ease in therapy is of the upmost importance, so please know that we can make time to discuss any further questions you may have on this topic at any time.
How long does a course of therapy take?
This is a frequently asked question, but one that is difficult to pinpoint with any accuracy without knowing some details about what’s bringing you in, and what your goals are for therapy. Once we collaboratively establish a plan custom made for you, we can have a more informed and accurate discussion about length or time or number of sessions, but each person tends to go at their own pace. Regardless of your goals or pacing, I will always invite questions and conversations on this topic and ultimately you will be in the driver’s seat in determining when you’re ready to graduate from the process.
Do you offer video telehealth therapy?
Yes, I am offering telehealth for your safety and convenience. You will need a wifi connection to make this work but no other software is needed. I subscribe to a HIPAA compliant version of zoom, which meets the highest level of encryption and security to ensure that your confidentiality and privacy are protected.
Will you continue to see clients via telehealth after the pandemic has passed?
Yes, I am licensed to work with anyone currently residing in the state of California, so whether you live local to my office, or in another part of California, rest assured that after I transition back to seeing clients in my office again, I will continue to offer telehealth concurrently. This will allow for continuity of care and ensure that everyone will have the choice to select the format of therapy that feels most comfortable for them.
What is Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)?
AEDP is a psychotherapeutic approach based on the idea that deep, viscerally felt affective experiences have the inherent capacity to rapidly and comprehensively transform people. Facilitated through a relationship with an actively engaged, emotionally attuned, empathic, affirming therapist, the patient is guided to process emotions deemed too overwhelming to face. Experientially processing these previously avoided emotions activates innate self righting mechanisms, adaptive action tendencies and other resources that support psychological well-being and optimal functioning.
For more information, check out the AEDP Institute: https://aedpinstitute.org/about-aedp/how-aedp-works/
What is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)?
Emotionally Focused Therapy is an empirically validated, experientially oriented, attachment based approach. EFT recognizes the ongoing need we all have for reliable attachment figures in our intimate relationships and assumes that a secure attachment with our partner provides the solid base that helps us manage emotional distress. Couples grow closer by identifying and expressing their ongoing need for strong, accessible, responsive emotional connections. Emotions play an essential role as they function as signals telling each partner what is important to them and what they need to feel safe and secure. When partners experience each other as inaccessible or emotionally rejecting, they begin to acquire “emotional armor” that prevents them from turning and reaching to their partner from a place of vulnerability. A cycle of reactivity and emotional inaccessibility can develop which can hijack the couple from experiencing closeness or security in the relationship. The therapist works to depathologize each partner’s reactivity in the cycle as a means of self protection during moments of distress. The therapist then helps the couple to view their cycle as their common enemy, not each other. The therapist’s role is to slow things down, de-escalate the cycle, and help the couple start to identify and express primary emotions that are under the surface, to help them connect in meaningful and loving ways. When attachment bonds are strengthened, couples feel safe together, are more flexible in problem solving, and can communicate better.
If you have any questions that aren’t listed above, please feel free to reach out to me directly. I look forward to hearing from you.
(8 Week Class)
People who suffer from codependency tendencies are some of the most compassionate, empathetic and caring people you'll meet. They fix, rescue, care-take, enable and give of their time and energy.
Unfortunately, often times codependent people are blind to their own needs and often feel used, abused and taken advantage of.
Do you feel responsible for other people’s feelings, thoughts or well being?
Do you feel trapped, hopeless or helpless in your relationship/s?
Do you consider yourself a people pleaser or have difficulty saying no to others?
Do you find yourself providing help and/or advice without being asked?
Do you engage in a pattern whereby you give or overextend yourself only to feel angry or resentful when your sacrifices are not appreciated or reciprocated?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from this class.
CLASS OBJECTIVE INCLUDE:
Learning how to set boundaries with others
Learning how to stop allowing guilt and/or anxiety to drive your decisions
Learning how to identify manipulative and maladaptive dynamics
Learning assertive communication
Learning how to tune in to your own emotions and needs
Learning how to regulate your emotions and reactivity
Learning alternative coping skills/self-care
Learning how to self validate and improve self esteem