FAQs

Please select one of the drop-down menus below to get more information about frequently asked questions (FAQs).

First Steps

1. I'm interested in receiving assessment and/or treatment services from Dr. Wu. What's the next step?

Please contact Dr. Wu and she will set up a brief phone consultation with you to determine if these services will be appropriate for you or your family. If appropriate, an initial intake packet will be sent to you to complete prior to the first intake session.

2. What should I expect for my first visit?

You will be asked to complete an initial intake packet prior to your first intake session with me. I will use a semi-structured interview process to get a better sense of the presenting problems. After reviewing all of the information gathered from the intake process, I will provide feedback and collaboratively establish an action plan for moving forward.

3. What timeslots do you have available?

Due to the "Safer at Home" mandate, I now have timeslots throughout the week for telehealth-only options. Please contact me for more information about availabilities, and I would be happy to work with you to figure out a convenient time.

Services provided

1. How long are the sessions?

The initial intake is typically 1.5 hours. Each therapy session thereafter is 45 minutes long and occurs weekly.

2. How long should I expect to be in therapy?

Each of the treatments I provide (CBT, ERP, HRT) are time-limited in nature. The typical length of treatment is around 12-16 sessions, but families may finish earlier or later depending on the individual and the presenting problems. Please see the About Anxiety/OCRDs page to learn more about the disorders, as well as the Services page to learn more about the treatments provided.

3. Will you assign us things to practice in between therapy sessions?

Absolutely! It is crucial that families apply what is learned in session to the real world as much as possible, which means families will be expected to practice the skills during the week between therapy sessions.

4. Are you able to prescribe medication?

I am unfortunately unable to prescribe medication as a psychologist with a Ph.D., but I am happy to refer your family to a qualified psychiatrist (M.D.) who specializes in these disorders.

Payment

1. What types of payment do you accept?

I currently accept cash, check, or Ivy Pay (credit, debit, HSA/FSA cards).

2. Do you accept insurance?

I unfortunately cannot accept insurance at this time. However, I would be more than happy to provide a superbill for my services, so that you can submit it to your insurance directly for a reimbursement request.

3. How much does a session cost?

My sessions are billed by the 45-minute increment. Please contact me to receive more details.

Need more Info?

1. Where can I find more information about anxiety and OCRDs?

Please check out my About Anxiety/OCRDs page or the Resources page; I've listed a number of evidence-based organizations (both at the national level and at UCLA) that provide more detailed information regarding the disorders and their treatments.

2. I have a question that isn't listed here. How can I get more information?

Please feel free to visit the Contact Dr. Wu page and use one of the methods to reach Dr. Wu directly.