Contact Me and FAQs
The best way to contact me is via email at Georgie K @ Join On Your Journey .com
You may also call or text me at 858-304-0928. Texting is typically used for scheduling purposes only. Please note I do not return calls that do not leave a voicemail.
My fax number is 858-592-1495.
My office address is:
11858 Bernardo Plaza Court
San Diego, CA 92128
What is therapy with you like?
Therapy is simply a conversation and a connection between two human beings. You can talk about anything on your mind--and I mean anything! I may check in about things from a previous session, but I do not come into session with an agenda. I consider our sessions your time and space, and you can use it however you'd like! Sometimes it is helpful to think about what you might want to talk about between our sessions, some people make a list, others may come in and decide what feels most important to talk about and see where that leads our talk. I also encourage you to think about what you might be avoiding. If there's something specifically difficult to bring up, I sometimes suggest we start there if you are having a hard time deciding what to discuss. If we are working on EMDR, we will probably check in at the beginning of each appointment to see if you're feeling like it would be a good fit for our time that day or if you would like to use the time to talk.
As a therapist, my goal is to provide a safe for self-exploration, whether that is gender-related or not. I have training in supporting people in many areas and aspects of life beyond gender. Sometimes people believe my focus on the trans and nonbinary communities indicates that I am only able to help with topics relevant to gender. I have worked with several diverse populations with a wide variety of concerns and goals for therapy. Gender is very rarely the only concern in someone's life, and sometimes gender is not a topic they wish to address in therapy. It is completely okay to work with me on anything you'd like.
What are your fees?
My standard fee is $160 per 45-50 minute session. I take debit and credit cards, as well as HSA/FSA cards.
I offer a "sliding scale" (lower fee) for those who have financial need. Please let me know if this is something that could be helpful for you.
Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance and I am not pursuing becoming an "in-network provider" for any insurance panels. I am able to provide a "superbill" as documentation of payment via HSA/FSA card, and it can also serve to be to be reimbursed as an "out of network," or OON provider if you have a PPO (not an HMO or MediCal). I can provide some additional information on how this works, however the best course of action is to contact your insurance company and ask the following questions:
How much does my plan reimburse for an out-of-network provider?/ What percentage of the fee will I be reimbursed?
How will I be reimbursed?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
Are there any restrictions regarding the type of therapy or the practitioner’s credentials?
Are there any other restrictions I should know about, or any other questions I should be asking?
If I am seeking a letter for hormones or surgery or other medical transition steps, do you provide this? What does that process look like?
I write letters in session with my clients. I can write a letter during our first session if you are only seeking a letter and not ongoing therapy. I write letters for ongoing clients as well, whenever the need arises. My letter writing process is simple and straightforward. I have a template that is about a page long, and it essentially allows me to "fill in the blanks," which I will ask your input on as we read through the letter together. The writing process usually takes about 20-25 minutes. When we are done, I will send you a PDF of the completed letter so you can submit it to any doctor or insurance company. I have rarely had a letter rejected by an insurance company. I am aware some doctors have specific requirements as well. Typically, my letters already cover all the necessary types of information, but if you do need an edited letter for any reason, please contact me and I will edit the file and resend it to you. If it has been over a year since we wrote our letter together, or you need a letter for a different medical transitioning step, I will require an "update" session to clarify and re-date the letter.
I require anyone who sees me to fill out my forms and paperwork, which must be done and sent in before our first session. My standard fee is $160 per 45-50 minute session, and I offer a reduced fee based on financial need.
What does LPCC mean? How is it different from other mental health providers and credentials?
I am registered as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #9136) in the State of California. This is different from a Licensed Marriage/Couple and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). All three of these licenses are Master's-level therapists, and they all may use many of the same techniques and tools within the therapeutic relationship. However, each of them vary slightly in regards to their training and "lens" to therapy. LMFTs look at an individual in relation to the family, working on interpersonal dynamics, and view people within the context of their relationships in their life. Their training requires specific "relational" hours to hone their skills in working with more than one individual in the therapeutic setting. LCSWs approach clients with the view that individuals are within the context of a society that creates need for support in gaining access to resources within the community. LCSWs have "case management" experience they must gain in order to learn to connect clients to resources to better equip them in their struggles. LPCCs are newer to California and are therefore much less prevalent and less understood than LMFTs and LCSWs. LPCCs look at clients through a more holistic, wellness lens, and focus on the individual with a strengths-based view. Although LPCCs are qualified to diagnose their clients, they may stay away from doing this as this is a "medical" model that looks at what is going "wrong," rather than a wellness lens which asks "What is going right?"
Before becoming licensed with the above credentials, one must accrue a minimum of 3000 hours of "supervised" experience over at least 2 years. Supervised experience means working closely with an experienced therapist essentially as an "apprentice." Along the way an exam on law and ethics must be passed, and a clinical exam is taken after the 3000 hours have been collected.
You may find this information helpful as well: California Association for LPCCs.
If you have further questions about my training or experience, please let me know.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been proven effective, not only for trauma treatment, but can also treat other symptoms and distressing elements of your life. The following text is from the EMDR Institute:
"When a disturbing event occurs, it can get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. EMDR procedures seem to stimulate the information and allow the brain to reprocess the experience. That may be what is happening in REM or dream sleep. The eye movements help reprocess the memory and other associated experiences. It is your own brain that will be doing the healing, and you are the one in control."
If you are interested in or curious about EMDR, please ask! I am more than happy to answer any questions about it or have us try it out if you are a client, new or continuing. I truly believe in the power of EMDR and I hope to share that healing experience with you.