Where is your office located?
11500 W Olympic Blvd. Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90064
Metered Street Parking as well as Parking in Building
Are you available on weekends?
I also offer online therapy for greater flexibility – either as a standalone modality for your therapy or as an adjunct to in-person sessions.
Is your office ADA-compliant? I have physical challenges.
In addition, if there is ever a day where you feel unable to commute to my office due to an issue suddenly acting up, I am able to set up secure HIPAA-compliant visits without advance notice. Of course, video therapy is always available to you as part of my offering. I encourage you to request video therapy even if you don’t feel your best. I have found that therapy still benefits clients in these situations.
I have designed my practice around making you feel comfortable even with physical challenges. If you notice something I have missed, please let me know.
Are you Deaf and know sign language (ASL)?
I’m not a member of the Deaf community, and I don’t know ASL. I’m hard-of-hearing, wear hearing devices, and speak English. If you’re searching for therapists fluent in ASL, I’m happy to provide you referrals to well-regarded agencies that have the ability to best assist you.
How does therapy work?
My approach to helping you will be based on your goals and the organic process in the room. I work collaboratively and empathically to understand your strengths and concerns. Sharing this information with me is a process, so you can feel relief in a safe setting.
I will check in with you as part of my responsibility to respect what you want out of therapy. Sessions are tailored to you, meaning I see and respect you for who you are. True compassion and caring in a safe and confidential space are among my top priorities!
Isn't therapy just for people who have serious problems?
Do you accept insurance?
It’s simpler than it sounds, and I’ll be happy to lay out the steps when we talk on the phone during our free consultation! During our first appointment, we will further clarify what you prefer.
In terms of specific plans:
As of November 15th, 2019:
Anthem Blue Cross HMO/PPO/EPO/Indemnity plans including certain out-of-state Blue Cross plans.
These include individual/family, marketplace, and employer-based plans.
I will be in network tentatively (date is not confirmed) as of December 1st, 2019 with:
Humana PPO/EPO/HMO and EAP (Employee Assistance Program) with the exception of Medicare plans.
For any PPO, I can provide you insurance reimbursement for out-of-network benefits. We can discuss this during our free consultation. Many plans pay much of the therapy fee after the deductible has been met.
Please note that in California, Blue Shield is often handled by another company not part of the Blue Cross “BlueCard” network.
If you have any PPO, I can provide you with an insurance reimbursement form (often referred to as a “superbill”). This will go towards your out-of-network benefits and often after your deductible, insurance will cover a significant portion of therapy costs.
If you want to know the specifics as to what insurance will cover with this form, call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask them how much of an out-of-network deductible you have left and how much coverage you get for out-of-network services from a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Please let me know if you have any questions. We can discuss this on the phone, through email, and during our first appointment!
How long does therapy take?
I work with you for as long as the therapy is beneficial. What you need is going to be different than what another person desires.
During our sessions, I will continue to ask you how you feel about our work together, and at any time you can bring up questions and curiosities. You are the expert of your own life. I will never tell you to be in therapy longer than you desire.
How long is each session?
If you wish to have longer sessions, this can be discussed either at the start of seeing each other or in the process of our work together.
I have learned that sticking to a consistent timeframe is important for the therapeutic alliance, but that sometimes a longer session, or more frequent sessions, can be helpful.
The most common format is once a week. I see many clients twice a week, especially in the beginning of therapy, as this can help build therapeutic trust and jump-start the process. I also can accommodate every other week as well – but this is not as beneficial as weekly.
Therapy is designed to be flexible just like the human experience and develop boundaries for a healthier self and satisfaction in relationships.
How do I set up an initial appointment?
Will you hold my time slot?
We can figure out scheduling week-by-week, as well, as naturally our schedules can change sometimes. But my suggestion is to think of a regular time that works best, so I can hopefully accommodate convenient times for you!
How often should I come in for therapy sessions?
It has been my experience that people benefit the most from weekly sessions as the therapeutic experience continues between sessions: think about it, the session is the time where “processing” takes place and between sessions, our mind doesn’t stop thinking, and we don’t stop feeling.
Even when sessions don’t evoke strong emotions, when we meet regularly we are able to work together to increase insight and unpack your experiences. This all has been found to be true through research and my personal experience. Commitment to therapy is important.
Will you go into psychological babble that I can’t understand?
Reigning in theory is an essential component of good therapy, as it allows us both to respond as two human beings working to help you. While you may get a phrase from Freud or a phrase from a movie I’ve seen, it should make sense.
You’re always free to ask questions, and I’m a great reader of body language.
Will I be asked to do homework?
Do you work with certain ages?
What does therapy look like?
When walking in, you’ll be met with a gentle demeanor that is curious about your day and wondering about how you’re feeling or what you’re thinking about.
What modalities do you use in therapy?
I have brief descriptions below of various modalities. We can discuss them at any time. I see you as a person and think of theories as they pop in my head and bring them up as they seem relevant. Therapy is a COLLABORATION and more creative than the names of techniques!
I use multiple modalities and apply each as it seems appropriate for YOU.
CBT/DBT – Cognitive behavioral therapy/ dialectical behavior therapy: Patterns of thought can influence behaviors. Variations of CBT exist to target different conditions and challenges (DBT has a mindfulness component, for example, the steps for CBT vary for different challenges, too.)
Narrative: You choose your voice; the restrictive “medical model” language does not silence you. You get to decide the language and terms to define you.
EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a technique that targets memories and connected processes in the brain and experiences as they are processed in the brain and has the goal of reprocessing the beliefs and symptoms to alleviate the distress associated with them. Your body can “hold” information (yes, research supports that it’s not only the “thinking” brain that holds information). We can access another layer of information by including EMDR in therapy. My EMDR page has more information.
Mindfulness: How we take care of ourselves in our daily lives, not only in isolated activities can influence well-being.
Narrative Therapy: Language is a powerful tool that influences how we think about conditions. Generic, pathological language can be either helpful or harmful. Since such language has been based on what professionals deemed to be helpful for certain people they saw, it may not help everyone or be true for everyone. Thus, it’s time to be creative!
Psychodynamic: Useful for starting therapy and throughout therapy as it often weaves components together and is fluid. Psychodynamic is often focused on how the past has influenced present behaviors. Other therapies can be a useful adjunct, or they may take precedence depending on the individual.
Humanistic: You are a human being, not a pathology. You are a collaborator in this process as only you are the expert of your own life. I have theories in mind, but I consider you to already be a holder of your power. The journey is to rediscover the locked away power, so you can be empowered. We are equals in the room.
My modalities integrate with human-centered approaches, so the experience is truly about seeing YOU first and instinctively building upon that as part of the rapport between us.
Do you charge extra if I use too many tissues?
Do you just sit there and not say anything?
Can I use video therapy in lieu of visiting you in the office?
Video therapy is secure and encrypted, and I encourage you to visit the dedicated online therapy page to learn more! Of course, feel free to ask me questions!