Thinking About Therapy
Starting therapy can be an intimidating process. Many people have questions about how to start and what they need to know. Please read through these frequently asked questions below to learn more about my therapy services and feel free to contact me or request an appointment if you have any further questions or concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is therapy right for me?
Everyone can benefit from having a consistent space to pause and reflect. Therapy is a great practice in that it encourages letting things go versus bottling things up. It is a space free of judgment and is a fresh perspective to support you as you heal and build the life you always wanted.
Do you offer online and in person therapy?
Yes! I offer in person sessions out of my office in Hermosa Beach. I also offer HIPAA-compliant sessions through an online platform. This is only offered to those who are physically located in California.
Is online therapy right for me?
Although there are many advantages of online therapy, it may not be the best fit for everyone. Online therapy is an option for those experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, who are comfortable using technology, and have a quiet, private place to have their sessions. During our phone consultation, we can determine the best format for your therapy sessions.
Do you offer sessions over the phone?
Yes! Some clients enjoy the benefits of walk and talk therapy. Rhythmic exercise like walking is an amazing resource! It brings a little movement into the session which can be enriching and refreshing. If we ever experience technical difficulties with our video platform, we can also utilize the phone to have our sessions.
I do not recommend phone sessions on a recurring basis or if you plan to be driving. If the car is the only space available for session, it should remain parked and clients should be alone to maintain confidentiality similar to an in person or online session.
How often would we meet?
Therapy typically occurs on a weekly basis. I have found that meeting at this consistency is helpful for building a stronger therapeutic relationship and allows time for clients to effectively address presenting issues. There are times, however, when it is appropriate to meet more or less frequently based on a client’s needs.
How long is each session?
I offer 50 and 90 minute sessions.
How much does therapy cost?
50 minute individual sessions are $200, 50 minute parent/family sessions are $225, and 90 minute sessions/EMDR intensives are $325. Learn more about pricing here.
Do you take insurance?
I accept PPO health insurance plans as an “out-of-network” provider. Superbills can be provided on a monthly basis upon request.
Is everything we talk about confidential?
Confidentiality is a key component of creating a safe and secure therapeutic experience. In general, what is discussed in therapy stays in therapy. There are some exceptions to this as a mandated reporter which are addressed in the intake paperwork and will be discussed in the first session.
Does confidentiality still apply if you are a minor?
Yes! I provide teens with a safe space to be themselves. This includes maintaining confidentiality and only involving parents as necessary to support their growth and development. However, safety is top priority. There are some exceptions to this and parents will be notified as addressed in paperwork and in the first session. I am more than happy to meet with parents periodically throughout treatment to learn about their observations and discuss ways to further support them or their child.
How many therapy sessions will I need to attend?
Time spent in therapy is unique to each person. Some clients come on a consistent basis for months or years while others prefer short term treatment. We may decide to reduce sessions to bi-weekly as we approach the end of treatment. I always recommend sessions once weekly to achieve and maintain lasting change.
What do I do if I need to cancel or reschedule a session?
Please remember I have a 48 hour cancellation and rescheduling policy to avoid being charged the full session fee and $25 late fee for office space if changes need to be made. You can easily reach me via phone, text, or email.
How do I start therapy with you?
I offer a complimentary 15 minute initial phone consultation prior to starting therapy. To schedule a phone consultation contact me by phone 323.296.9846 or email.
Do you offer an initial consultation?
Yes! I offer complimentary 15 minute phone consultations for all potential clients. To schedule a phone consultation to see if we are a good fit for each other and your goals, feel free to call me at 323.296.9846 or email.
Do you offer medication management?
No. While I do not provide medication management, if you feel that medication may be helpful or necessary I can provide you with referrals to trusted providers. Once I have your signed consent, I am happy to collaborate with medication management providers to help you reach your goals.
If you prefer a holistic route in your healing process, I can also provide you with referrals and further recommendations for supporting the mind, body, and soul.
2309 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
2309 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254