How do I set up an initial appointment?
Where is your office located?
11500 W Olympic Blvd. Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90064
Metered Street Parking as well as Parking in Building
What do you mean by Evidence-Based Practice?
While focused on the person, I emphasize Evidence-Based Practice as defined by APA’s Division 12 website: https://www.div12.org/psychological-treatments/
This means I keep up-to-date on modalities that have been shown to work in empirically-based studies in an effort to help you get the most out of our work together.
If you visit the website, you’ll see how treatments are added based on studies and not every form of treatment is viewed as Evidence-Based. I do encourage you to reach out to me if you have further questions as there is a lot of confusion as to what this means. The first important step in any therapeutic journey is the therapist-client connection and when supplemented with evidence-based modalities, treatment has been found to be extremely beneficial for many people.
Can I use video therapy in lieu of visiting you in the office, or in addition to office visits?
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!
This service is billed the same as a traditional therapy session, making the experience a seamless one!
What is your rate? Do you accept insurance?
My private pay rate is $180 per fifty-minute session for Individuals, Couples, and Family sessions. This rate is based on my level of experience, specialty areas, and other factors.
Please inquire if you would like to see therapy but would have difficulty with this rate as I sometimes have sliding scale availability.
Please note that many employers provide HSA benefits and these funds can be used towards the cost of sessions.
Credit card, debit card, cash, check as well as HSA/FSA/HRA benefits are all accepted.
I am in network with certain insurance companies (listed below). I can also submit insurance reimbursement towards out-of-network benefits if you have a PPO. Certain POS plans also allow me to be a provider even if not directly contracted. Please submit your insurance information by emailing your name, date of birth, and the front and back of your insurance card to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m in-network with:
Anthem Blue Cross HMO / PPO / EPO (I participate in the “National BlueCard” program as well).
UnitedHealthcare / Oscar / Oxford / Optum
Humana / ChoiceCare (except Medicare)
I participate with the following Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs):
LifeWorks by Morneau Shepell
ESI Employee Assistance Group
Mutual of Omaha
Please reach out to your Employee Assistance Program if they do not list me as a provider. I offer certain specialties and have not contracted with every EAP that might be advantageous. Letting the EAP companies know this is very helpful.
I’m very happy to work with you to provide a seamless experience. Like other healthcare expenses, therapy is a budgeted expense and so we can continue to discuss this on the phone, through email, and during our sessions.
If you're out-of-network with my insurance, can I still obtain reimbursement from insurance?
Please inquire on the phone, through message, or during session as to how this works and I’ll be happy to assist!
I recommend you call your insurance company (there should be a Customer Service number on the back of your card) to ask about out-of-network benefits for LMFTs:
1) What is my out-of-network deductible?
2) What is the Allowed Amount for each session with an out-of-network Marriage and Family Therapist?
3) How much reimbursement will I get for each visit after meeting my deductible?
These are some questions you can ask your insurance company. I can also help you with figuring this out as well.
Therapy is an investment and I encourage you to invest in yourself for your mental health. Mental health symptoms can often manifest as physical symptoms if left untreated. For example, anxiety can show up physically. So, when mental health treatment is a priority, it helps us stay well physically.
Are you available evenings or 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. So, if there’s a day I’m not offering a time to meet together in the office, I can potentially be available virtually.
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!
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 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.
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.
Isn't therapy just for people who have serious problems?
I don't know if my issue is primarily "emotional" rather than situational and focused on figuring out my goals. Should I go and see you?
Some people want to first work on their emotions and how the way they’ve been living their life, or life obstacles, get in their way. Other people have specific goals that are not necessarily rooted in emotion.
We are emotional beings, so decisions and life changes often do come with their share of overwhelm and desire for change. So, with my license, I can help all of that and create clarity for you and your future. The intake process is key as it allows you to write down anything you want to discuss during our first appointment.
Therapy for the Modern Age isn’t only for your moments of anxiety, but also for those times you need to figure out the direction of your life! Give me a call or email me and learn more!
Are Marriage and Family Therapists only trained to see families or couples?
But there are many therapists who specialize in only individuals, couples, or families, so LMFT therapists are able to be very diverse.
I’m happy to answer any questions to clarify this further.
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?
Best practices for therapy call for us to develop a therapeutic bond that assists you in multiple areas of your life and addresses surprises that come out of your unconscious (what you’re not aware of yet). Insight, continued growth, and other factors continue outside of therapy, and weekly appointments allow us to check in to what is happening.
Our society does not prioritize mental health treatment the way it should. Mental well-being often translates to physical well-being. In addition, the insights you gain are made stronger every single week. Not every session is obviously cathartic or deep. The intent is to allow for a comfortable pace for you to open up freely to a therapist you trust. I hope I have the opportunity to provide this experience to you for your own clarity and overall well-being.
Therapy is the continuation of deeper exploration into yourself and weekly or twice weekly visits allow for emotions that come up throughout the growth process to be identified and addressed so you are able to cope better with yourself. People sometimes are worried about the cost of therapy, but similar to how other physical treatments require consistency, therapy benefits those who come in with consistency.
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. Having an impartial observer, such as a therapist, assist with processing is very helpful. You deserve to have this time and commitment.
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 and you deserve it.
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.
Do you work with certain ages?
Will I be asked to do homework?
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.