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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative approach to communication that guides individuals towards behavior change. It involves using specific skills and techniques to help people explore and articulate their thoughts and motivations for change. MI is highly effective in various professional fields, including health care, education, social work, counseling, and addiction treatment.

What To Know

MI is suitable for professionals who engage in conversations about behavior or lifestyle change with their clients or patients. High-quality MI training is essential for professionals to effectively learn and apply the skills associated with MI. Research conducted by Dr. Bill Miller in addiction treatment has demonstrated the effectiveness of MI in guiding individuals towards positive behavior change. MI has been shown to improve outcomes in various behavioral domains by helping individuals resolve ambivalence and increase motivation for change.

What To Expect

Expect MI to provide a structured yet collaborative framework for engaging individuals in discussions about behavior change. Professionals trained in MI will use specific techniques to facilitate dialogue, explore ambivalence, and enhance motivation for change. MI can lead to improved outcomes across different fields, including counseling, health care, education, health coaching, and business, by empowering individuals to take meaningful steps towards their goals.

Appointments and Fees

Generally sessions take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Together we will determine how often and when we will meet. Payment is expected at the beginning of each session.

Cash Rates

  • ​Initial Intake Assessment = $275

  • Individual/Couple/Family Session = $250

Good Faith Estimate

As of 2022, patients that are paying with cash only for their services have the right to receive a "Good Faith Estimate" explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost.  I will be happy to provide an estimate before scheduling any services.

Insurance and Out of Network

  • We accept Medicare and MediCal​

  •  ​Initial Intake Assessment = $200; $185 thereafter

Insurance Reimbursement 

If applicable, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider to learn about your mental health coverage prior to scheduling your first appointment with me. We are NOT a contracted or in-network provider for most major insurance companies common in this area. Therefore, when contacting your insurance company, please inquire about out-of-network provider reimbursements and your co-payment/deductibles.

Cancellation Policy

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. This means that if you cannot make it to your scheduled appointment, we request that you notify us at least 24 hours in advance of the cancellation. Without advanced notice, we are unable to use that time for other clients. Insurance companies do not cover missed sessions therefore, you will be billed a no show rate of $85.

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