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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who do you work with?
    I work with adult individuals (ages 17 and up) and couples. I do not work with children or younger teens. I can provide recommendations if needed.
  • What areas do you specialize in?
    I specialize in helping adult individuals and couples with: Couples & family conflict Grief, loss and chronic illness Menopause, aging, and other life transitions Developmental trauma Depression Anxiety Communicating boundaries & self-assertion Adult Children of Alcoholics Creative blocks
  • What is mindfulness and what is mindfulness-centered therapy? Does participating in mindfulness-centered therapy mean you have to be Buddhist, or interested in Buddhism?
    Teacher and writer Kate Johnson defines mindfulness as “the capacity to direct our attention in an intentional way.” There are a lot of good things that come from practicing this ability. In mindfulness-centered therapy, we explore some of these benefits: learning how to compassionately bear witness to our mental, emotional, and physical conditions; feeling less overwhelmed and preoccupied by these experiences; and reclaiming our attention so we can become more present to ourselves, others, and the things that really matter to us. You do not need to be Buddhist, or interested in Buddhism to participate and benefit from mindfulness-centered therapy. The capacity to direct our attention, in ways that benefit us and others, is innate and shared by all people.
  • What are somatic practices?
    Somatic comes from the Greek word “soma,” which means “body.” There’s a lot we can understand when we slow down and pay attention to the body. Somatic practices can refer to many ways to include awareness of the body, including movements, gestures, posture, facial expression, breath, and the way emotions and patterns of tension and release are felt in the body. I always give clients a choice as to whether we include awareness of the body, and I tailor my approach accordingly.
  • Do you offer a free consultation?
    Yes, I offer a free, 20-minute consultation. For couples, I meet with each partner individually for 20 minutes.
  • How long is each session?
    Although most therapists meet for only 50 minutes, my sessions are 60 minutes long. For couples, I recommend scheduling 75 minutes for the first session.
  • How often do we meet?
    I recommend meeting weekly. However, we can adjust the frequency depending on your needs.
  • What are your fees?
    My sliding scale is $160 to $180 per 60-minute hour.
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    I accept checks, and electronic payments through Paypal and Square.
  • Do you take insurance?
    I am not an in-network provider for any insurance plans at this time. However, I can provide you with a Superbill, a document that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
  • Do you provide teletherapy?
    Yes, I meet with clients by phone and Zoom in the state of California.
  • What states do you provide teletherapy in?
    I am licensed to work with clients in California.
  • Do you meet with clients in person?
    At the moment, I am working virtually.
  • How do I make an appointment?
    You may contact me through this website, call me at 510-496-600, or email me at
  • What days of the week do you work? Do you have evening and weekend appointments?
    I work Tuesday through Friday, from about 10 am to 6:30 pm.
Butterflies in purple flowers | FAQ  S. Eve Aceves, LMFT
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