Therapy can give you support, validation, coping skills, and strategies to change your perspective and your behaviors. It can give you greater peace of mind and help you tolerate difficult feelings and situations. It can give you a “corrective emotional experience:” your therapist creates a safe, non-judgmental space for you to express yourself authentically and may “get” you in a way that no one else has. When this happens, it is extremely powerful and transformative.
Therapy cannot change other people or external circumstances. Therapists provide psychoeducation, feedback, and guidance, but they don’t give advice or answers. If you’re new to therapy, or are exploring unprocessed trauma, therapy may make you feel a bit worse before you feel better.
I can’t tell you how long it will take for you to feel better. But, generally, the more you put into therapy, the more you’ll get out of it.
My fee is $200 for a 50-minute hour. I will slide in special situations, according to what you can pay. I don’t take insurance, but I will give you a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company. I accept cash, check, or PayPal. I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, so you will be billed the full amount if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance.
If possible, I will try to reschedule you to a later time during the week so you don’t have to pay the fee, but I cannot guarantee this. Phone conversations or e-mail correspondence under 15 minutes is free; after that, I charge in 15-minute increments.
A good relationship with anyone -- including your therapist -- depends in large part on chemistry. It also depends on transparency. If we work together, I encourage you to let me know if something I say rubs you the wrong way, or if I do anything to let you down. Disappointment is inevitable in any relationship (and in life!); in therapy, the goal is to work through it together.
E-mail me at [email protected] or call me at 323-528-6747. I will make every effort to get back to you within 24 hours, and usually before that.
I am licensed to practice therapy only in the state of California. However, I can and do provide divorce and relationship coaching for people outside of California, or far from Los Angeles. Coaching is different from therapy, which focuses on working through emotions and experiences. Coaching with me is usually short-term (1-3 sessions) and focuses on setting and achieving goals. It is more directive and solution-focused than therapy. My coaching fee is $200 for one session or $500 for three sessions. I offer coaching via FaceTime, Skype, or plain old phone.
The call is for you to tell me about your situation and ask me questions about how I work and what methods I would use to help you. It also gives you a sense of my personality and what it’s like talking to me.
By the end of 15 minutes, you should have a good idea of whether or not you want to work with me. The call also gives me information on how I can best meet your needs; if I feel that I’m not the right therapist for you, I will give you an appropriate referral to someone else I think could help you.