Facts and Questions

What is a free initial phone consultation?

 

The free phone consultation gives you an opportunity to ask any questions about my practice and myself that you may have. We also use this time to determine if we are a good fit and if I am the right therapist for you. If we are not a good fit, I am happy to refer to one of my colleagues. 

What is your cancellation policy?

48 hours beforehand is preferred. However, life happens and I permit my patients one free

last-minute cancellation. Otherwise, it is my policy to charge the full session fee for missed

appointments. I do offer other options besides in office visits to offer clients flexibility during busy times.

Do you offer video or phone sessions?


Yes, absolutely! I feel it is important for clients to have their sessions, even if they cannot be there in person.

What is the difference between a therapist, psychologist, and psychiatrist?

 

A "Counselor", "Therapist", or "Coach" are informal labels frequently used by a variety of practitioners providing therapy services.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST (MFT) typically have a master's degree specializing in family and interpersonal dynamics and complete 1.5 years of supervised practice prior to getting their license.

A PSYCHOLOGIST (PhD, PsyD, or EdD) must have a doctoral-level degree in psychology. Doctorate programs typically take a minimum of five years to complete and most states require a one or two year long internship in order to gain an independent license. California also requires additional postgraduate supervised practice before granting full license. Psychologists have varying clinical roles depending on their specialty education.

A PSYCHIATRIST (MD) completes medical school and then a residency in mental health. Although some provide therapy many focus on pharmacological interventions and symptom management through medications. Some may also have specialization based on their training.

How long will I be in therapy?

 

The length of time you will spend in therapy depends on what brings you to therapy, and is something we decide together.                  


 

Dr. Luke Seltzer, Psy D.

CA PSY31511

(714) 485-7949

drlukeseltzer@gmail.com