What does it mean that you are a strength-based therapist?
Many therapists approach treatment from a deficit-oriented perspective, which stems from a foundational belief that you are somehow broken and in need of fixing. As a strength-based therapist, I believe that all of my clients are brimming with resiliencies, skills, and strengths. My job is to provide tools and support to help you build on your strengths to overcome the challenges and problems you face.
Will you give me advice?
People often think that therapists give advice, but I very rarely tell my clients what to do. I believe changes are more likely to last if you decide to make them for yourself.
In the first few sessions, we will work collaboratively to develop goals to work on throughout therapy. As we meet for our weekly sessions, I may make observations about things that don’t seem to be working well, or suggest things that might help you meet your goals. However, I will never give direct advice, especially about things like whether you should leave a relationship or a job. While I can help you to gain insight about your feelings and understand the pros and cons of a situation, only you can make those kinds of decisions.
Will you think I’m weird?
Probably not – I’ve worked with a lot of different kinds of people, and I’m pretty open-minded. My philosophy is that if you’re not hurting anyone and you feel good on the inside, you’re doing okay. Beyond that, it’s more about finding a way to be true to yourself. If we discover – either in the initial phone call or during the time we’re working together – that I’m not able to help you with your needs, I’ll refer you to some people who might be better able to help.
Where is your office located?
My office is in Downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of 7th Street and Figueroa. The building is directly above the red line metro station. I will provide you with more information about my office location and parking suggestions prior to our first session.
How often are sessions?
With new clients, I always schedule weekly sessions. Any less frequently, and I find that we lose a lot of momentum while we’re still in the process of getting to know each other. As we work together, some clients find that once they’ve come for a few months, they only need to come every other week.
What are your rates and hours?
For my own therapy services, I charge $180 for a 50 minute therapy session, payable each time we meet by cash, check, or credit card. I also have two very skilled pre-licensed therapists who work for me, and consult regularly with me about their clients. They charge $120 for a 50 minute therapy session. Between the three of us, we offer services 7 days a week, including some evenings.
Do you take insurance?
While I am not an in-network provider with any insurance companies, many insurance plans provide out-of-network mental health coverage. I can provide a monthly statement which you may be able to submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. Here is a guide to help you determine if your plan provides this coverage.
Additionally, if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or “flex account” through your employer, you may be able to receive reimbursement from that account.
How can I make an appointment?
Prior to our first session, I like to speak to new clients on the phone for 10-20 minutes to make sure it’s a good fit.
You can schedule this phone consultation by calling me at 213-863-1652 or contacting me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also click here to reserve your phone consultation online, and I will call you at the scheduled time.