Is psychotherapy confidential?  Psychologists are bound by law and ethical standards to uphold your confidentiality.  There are a few exceptions to the confidentiality rule, such as threats of harm to self and others, inability to care for oneself, reported elder, dependent adult, or child abuse/neglect, or if a court order requires release of information.  Personal and clinical information should not be sent via email as this is not a confidential means of communication. 

*Please note that when you visit this site or search or post a rating of the clinic, your identity will be disclosed to the site administrator.  The site administrator monitors online activity closely for safety, confidentiality, and privacy. 

Do you accept health insurance? 

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and HMO
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Network
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare
  • Out-of-Network Coverage

Each health insurance policy provides specific terms for mental health coverage and patient financial responsibility, i.e., co-payment, co-insurance, and a deductible may apply.  Best Self Clinic offers additional products and services that are not covered by health insurance providers. Such products and services are provided for a specific non-refundable fee.  There is no obligation to purchase additional special products or services in order to receive mental health services.  

What should I expect during my first appointment?  Your initial consultation occurs in an office or telehealth setting to discuss your concerns.  You may asked questions about your background, presenting problems, symptoms, current medications, and your personal goals.  You are welcome to ask questions about psychotherapy and holistic lifestyle benefits.  At the end of the consultation, you will have the option to schedule a follow up appointment or to reserve a standing weekly appointment time.  


APA (American Psychological Association) Articles

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ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences): Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Lifespan by Dr. Nadine Harris, Surgeon General of CA

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Loneliness:  An Epidemic of Modern Society

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The Brain on Sugar

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