General Questions

Common questions and answers

Q. What appointment times do you have?

A. I typically see clients between 8:30am-9pm Monday - Friday.  If these times do not work for you, we can discuss alternative times that may be more convenient. 


Q. How long does therapy usually last?

A. This really depends on the needs of your child and family, it can range from three months to over a year.  It is never mandatory to stay in therapy and it is your choice when to begin and end treatment. 


Q. How often do I have to come?

A. The norm is one 50 minute session a week.  Depending upon your particular situation and needs, we may meet more or less frequently.


Q. How do I know you are the right therapist for me?

A. I encourage you to call and ask questions regarding the philosophy of my treatment. You can explain a little bit about your situation and get a feel for my style. I will be more than happy to answer any questions and spend up to 30 minutes discussing your situation in detail for free in person or over the phone.


Q. Do you see adults and/or couples?

Yes, about half of my practice is made up of individual therapy for adults, parenting issues, parenting after divorce issues, adult ADD and other adult psychological or occupational issues.

Q. If you are just seeing my child for an appointment, can I go and then pick them up at the end of their session time?

A. Depending on the child and their age, I ask that you stay within the premises so that if a situation arises in which I or the child would like you to join us, you are readily available.


Q. Can we have therapy or can I contact you over email?

A. I do not offer therapy over the internet, but am happy to answer any questions you have via email.  You may contact me at maria@sfchildrenstherapy.com to inquire about services or if you are an existing client, feel free to email me with appointment changes, or if you have a particular question.  I will usually respond within 24 hours of receiving your email. 


Q. Sometimes I just need to run something past my therapist between sessions, can I do that?

A. Yes, there are two ways to do that. If it is a reschedule or a quick conversation under 10 minutes I will call you back between sessions or at the end of the evening. If it is a matter requiring more time than that, I can schedule in a phone consultation.


Q. Do you have an on-call therapist accessible?

A. No, I do not. I believe that in order for me to be the most balanced and healthiest I can, I need time off to rejuvenate and take care of myself the way I encourage others to take care of themselves. In case of an emergency you should call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Q. I would like to ask my therapist a few questions before coming in. Can I do that?

A. Sure! I encourage you ask those questions during the free 30 minute consultation or when you are scheduling an appointment. Chosing a new therapist is always an important decision. I encourage you to take your time and find someone with whom you and your family feel a connection. I never rush you and expect that you will make an appointment only when and if you feel confortable and ready. 


Q. I have a teenager aged 16 or older and they want to come to therapy. Do they need my permission?

A. No, they do not. In the state of California they may receive treatment on their own accord and without their permission for us to share information with someone else, we cannot do so. This teen would need to provide payment for each session.

Q. How long are the sessions?

A. Therapy session are usually 50 minutes long.


Q. I am divorced and my ex-spouse has joint custody. I think my child needs therapy. How does this work?

A. I need to get consent to treat your child from both you and your ex-spouse.