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Thank you for taking the time to consider me for your therapy needs. Whether you are experiencing a difficult time in your life, a life change, or would like more insight and personal growth; I am here to help you. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that you are happy with. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. Those challenges can impact relationships, decrease quality of life, increase depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems. Through psychotherapy you can learn to improve the way those challenges you have impacted your life. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.

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Co-owner of Peninsula Center for Children & Families and the Founder and Executive Director of THRIVE In Schools.

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Benefits of



  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy

  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures

  • Improving communications and listening skills

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or relationships

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence


Do I really need Therapy?


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 

You don't have to wait till something is wrong or you have a problem to come to therapy.  Everyone can benefit from learning how to communicate better, understand their own needs and communication styles, and develop healthy coping skills. 


Young Man in Therapy
AAMFT Family Therapy Magazine

Arthritis and Family Dynamics

by Julie Payne, M.A., LMFT

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Bay Area Health and Wellness Magazine

Coping with Traumatic or Upsetting Events 

by Julie Payne, M.A., LMFTS

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What is therapy like?


Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with me (usually weekly).


It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, I may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.   

When you come to me for therapy, you are the expert in your life. I am here to help you uncover areas that you may be struggling with and assist you in finding solutions or ways of coping with what is going on.  I operate from a client centered trauma-informed approach. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities and will tailor each session to your specific needs and goals. 

Good Faith Estimate Notice

In accordance with the No Surprises Act that went into effect on January 1, 2022, you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost.

Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.

You can ask your health care provider for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit

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