Q. Why would anyone want to seek psychological services?
A. Every one of us will encounter some frustrating situations in life. It could be some kind of loss, or conflict with an important person, or for no reason feeling terrible. Most of us could go through these situations on our own or with the help of family and friends. Sometimes, too many things happening at once can be overwhelming to anyone. It is wise then to seek professional help in order to regain your life quickly.
Q. If people know that I see a psychologist, they will think I am weak, weird, or crazy.
A. After the September 11th tragedy, people’s attitude about psychological counseling has changed for the better. Some people may still feel bad for seeking psychological help because they are afraid it is a sign of weakness. You might be surprised to find that people from all different cultures, race, and socioeconomic backgrounds consult with psychologist.
Q. I am in a profession that if people know that I need therapy, I may lose my job.
A. Some professions may belong to sensitive job categories. Naturally they have more concerns about seeking psychological help. It is important to know that whatever you discuss with your psychologist is confidential with some exceptions. That is why many bigger corporations, including both the public and private ones, have adopted the Employee Assistant Program (EAP) so their employees can quickly seek psychological help without fear of jeopardizing their job security. I am a provider for a few EAP programs.
Q. Do you take health insurance?
A. Yes, I do accept many of the major health insurances. I encourage you to check with your insurance company first and learn the specific details of whether you need to have a pre-authorization, a referral from your primary care physician, and if you have a co-pay when you visit.
Q. Do I need to make an appointment? How do I make an appointment?
A. Yes, you must make an appointment before coming. Please leave your name, number, and a good time to call back on my voice mail: (425) 785-5887.
Q. I do not know if you are the one I want to work with. Could I have a session with you first before I decide? Do I need to pay for that session?
A. Going to a psychologist for the first time can be a scary experience. The American Psychological Association (APA) has published some useful tips on selecting the right one for you. I welcome your telephone calls to discuss any questions you might have about me, my practice, or counseling in general. The telephone call will be no longer than 15 minutes. I do charge for the first session regardless of if we decide to work together or not in the future.