10455 Torre Ave.
Corner of Pacifica & Torre
Cupertino, CA 95014
I see clients by appointment Mondays, Wed. and Thursdays. I do have evening appointments.
Insurance and Payment
Most PPO, EPO, and POS
health insurance plans offer some benefits for mental health. Most
often, HMO’s will only cover providers in their own network. I am
considered an “out-of-network provider”. It is a good idea to contact
your insurance company and inquire about your mental health
“out-of-network benefits”. Generally, insurance companies may reimburse
anywhere from 50% to 100% percent depending on your plan and deductible.
Be sure to ask if you have a deductible, and if you have paid any of it
already. I ask that you pay my fee at each visit. I will provide you a
receipt to submit to your health insurance company for reimbursement.
If your insurance wants to
refer you to someone in their network, be a good consumer! Most
therapists have no training in issues related to reproductive mental
health. The insurance companies would have you believe everyone is
qualified to treat any problem.
How to find the right therapist
When searching for a
therapist for prenatal or postpartum mood problems, it important to find
someone with the right training and experience. These questions will
help you when you talk to a prospective therapist. Be a good consumer!
Take your time and find someone that you feel comfortable with, who has
the skills and training appropriate for your needs.
» Do you have any specific training
in prenatal or postpartum depression? I have attended 1 or 2
international perinatal conferences every year, for the past 15 years.
» What model of therapy
do you practice? The two kinds of therapy that have been shown to be
effective for prenatal and postpartum depression are
Cognitive-Behavioral and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Psychodynamic
therapy and psychoanalysis are not appropriate for this type of problem.
» Can you recommend any books
on the topic? Any therapist who specializes in an area, such as teens,
or couples, or postpartum depression, should easily be able to name 3 or
4 books on the topic. If they cannot, they are not familiar with the
topic. Brooke Shields’ book is about Brooke, it doesn’t count as a book
about postpartum depression.