Mothers Have Needs Too!

Allison Gilbert, LMFT, Santa Cruz Counselor Lic: MFC 24087

Personal Therapy FAQs

How do I set up an appointment?
I offer a FREE initial phone consultation to everyone.  If you think you might be interested in counseling whether in my office or in the convenience of your own home through the internet, you can call or email me to set up the initial FREE phone consultation.  (831)425-4475 or Or simply email me for more information.

When I call, what can I expect to happen?
  1. You'll reach my voicemail. I check my voicemail frequently, throughout the day, and generally will be able to return your call the same business day.
  2. At that time, I will call you back and if needed, we can arrange a time to discuss your concerns. That's when I'll provide an assessment. This is a free phone consultation. If counseling is appropriate for you, and you feel good about the connection we've made, we'll schedule an appointment for our first session together.
How many sessions should I expect to have?

This can vary, and is something we can decide on together. My intention is to help people get what they need from therapy as quickly as their circumstances allow. My experience is that it often takes meeting together at least once a week for 4 weeks just to get to know each other.  After that, you might start to feel better by the 6-8th session and then we can discuss whether it makes sense for you to try meeting every other week until eventually, you are complete and ready to end therapy. Some people like to continue longer than that and find that therapy is no longer a luxury, but a necessity they won't do without.

What are the costs?
I have a standard fee and I also have a sliding scale. If I have the openings in my practice, I won't turn any mother away for reasons of the fee alone.  This is something we can talk about more during your free phone session. Please call or email me to discuss. (831)425-4475 or

How is payment made?

I will bill your insurance and you will be responsible for the copay. You can pay for your session by check, cash or debit/credit card or even through PayPal. If needed, I will be happy to help you through this simple process. It is highly secure, and PayPal allows you to use most major credit cards.  You can go to your PayPal account and use the send money link to send money to my email address:

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