Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find many common questions that people have about my practice. If you have a question that this not covered below, please Reach  Out. I would love to be able to answer your additional questions.

 

What is the length of the sessions?

In general, we will meet for 50-minutes for both telehealth and in-person therapy sessions.

What are your rates?

I charge $185 per 50-minute psychotherapy session. Payment will be due on the day of the meetings.

Do you have a sliding scale?

I have a limited number of income sliding scale slots, and sometimes my slots are full. Income will include your income and any assistance you receive from others (parents, significant other/others, work, etc.) for living expenses (food, rent, phone, care insurance, etc.). It is also based on household income if you share fees with a significant other/others.

Income sliding scale slots would be for individuals who would experience hardship if they were to pay my full fee vs. others who could pay my full fee knowing it would be considered a financial investment in their health and well-being. Also, the way my sliding scale works, those that pay my full fee make it possible for me to offer lower sliding scale slots for others in need. If you are interested in a sliding scale fee, please reach out or set up a free phone consultation to see what is currently available and where you would fall in my income sliding scale.

Do you take insurance?

I am not an "in-network" provider for any insurance companies. Instead, I am considered an "out of network" provider. If you have out-of-network benefits with your insurance company, you may be able to submit a receipt from services to your insurance company to receive reimbursement. For more information, visit my Using Your Insurance For Therapy page.

What form of payment do you accept for session fees?

I require clients to keep a credit card or chargeable card on file. I accept most HSA (health savings account), MSA (medical savings account), and FSA (flexible spending account) cards. Card information will be collected when you complete the intake paperwork. Intake paperwork and cards are completed and stored through a secure electronic health record system.

How often do I need to go to therapy?

The frequency of sessions will vary from client to client based on needs, availability, and what financial is feasible. I see clients both weekly and biweekly. I recommend that therapy start weekly to get to know you and start finding relief quicker. Treatment can then transition to biweekly meetings. Additionally, I will only see clients biweekly if a client's therapy needs can be met with this frequency. I do not see clients more than once a week. If weekly therapy is not enough support, I will provide referrals for services that offer more care. During a free phone consultation, I can assess your specific needs and make recommendations on frequency.

How long does therapy last?

The length of therapy will vary from client to client based on therapy goals, progress toward goals, and any limitations clients might have (schedule, financial feasibility, etc.). I provide both short-term (12 sessions or less) and long-term therapy. During the phone consultation and intake session, I can assess your individual needs and treatment goals to provide a more accurate estimation.

If an individual is interested in short-term therapy, I provide a more solution-focused approach, working on a specific goal or goals we can complete or find significant progress on during this treatment period. A solution-focused approach helps people find relief in the current moment but only sometimes includes finding all the core reasons behind issues. A longer-term treatment can also be solution-focused, but with extended time, therapy can also focus on many goals and help find the core reasons behind current issues. Understanding the whole reasoning behind issues can often help with longer-term relief.

People often enter therapy with one therapy goal in mind, but with the exploration and insight therapy can provide it often leads to the creation of other goals. It is also an option to start short-term treatment with the possibility of extending it if requested. We can check in at various times on therapy goals and timelines.

What is your cancellation policy?

I have a 24 hours cancellation policy. Therefore, if you need to cancel an appointment, please notify me as soon as possible. I charge a full session fee for missed appointments or cancellations with less than 24-hour notice.

Where is your office?

I provide in-person therapy in Los Feliz, address:

1910 Hillhurst Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90027

My office is at the corner of Franklin and Hillhurst, across from the Alcove Cafe. The office is located on the second floor of the building and has an elevator for those in need.

The office is not far from Silver Lake, East Hollywood, Hollywood, Echo Park, Atwater, Burbank, Studio City, Glassell Park, Thai town, Little Armenia, Glendale, and Central Los Angles.

Do you have parking at the office?

There is no parking available at the office. Give yourself 10-15 min to find street parking in the area. Often you will find parking right off Franklin Ave, Common Wealth Ave, Rodney Dr, Rosalia Rd, or even further down Hillhurst.

When do you meet with clients? 

My open availability varies. Please reach out or schedule a free phone consult to learn my current availability. Keep in mind that I often have limited open session times after 4 pm.  My therapy office hours:

Monday: 9 am-6:30 pm (In-Person + Online Therapy)

Tuesday: 9 am-6:30 pm (In-Person + Online Therapy)

Wednesday: 9 am-6:30 pm (Online Therapy only)

Thursday: 9 am-6:30 pm (In-Person + Online Therapy)

What happens at the first session?

First, I always assume that clients are still shopping around for a therapist during the first session, and meeting with me is part of this process. I often encourage people to meet with multiple therapists to see which one they 'click' best. If that is me, that is great. If it is someone else, that is also great. I want you to find the best fit.

The session will start by reviewing and answering any questions about the intake paperwork you completed before the session. The intake paper covers practice policies, confidentiality, privacy information, and consent to therapy and is completed and stored through a secure electronic health record system. I will also answer any questions about treatment, my practice, and what to expect.

We will then start where you want to start, and I will help if you are unsure where to begin. Throughout the session, I will ask questions to clarify and better understand all the systems, relationships, and issues and how they function or relate to your life. My hope for the meeting is to create a broad understanding of your life, what issues you are facing, what therapy goals you have, and develop a better understanding on how I can help.

At the end of the session, I would like to provide my initial assessment of where I feel like therapy can help you. I can then give feedback on what I can provide in therapy, how I can specifically help, and what that would look like. I can also estimate how long I believe it would take to find significant improvements in therapy and answer any other questions you might have.

I like to provide this information for you to make an informed decision on whether you would like continue working together. As mentioned above, I assume the first session is part of the clients shopping around for the right therapist fit. At the end of the meeting, I will ask if you would like to set up another appointment, but You will feel no pressure to do so.

How do I set up a first appointment?

Start by scheduling a Free 10-15 minutes phone consultation. I would love to learn about you and share how I might help you in your specific situation. Then, if my services are right for you, we can set up the first session during the call.

Are you a religious counselor? 

No, I am not a religious counselor and have no religious affiliation. However, this does not mean that religion and religious beliefs are not part of the therapy. If my clients have grown up in religious households or have religious beliefs, I find it helpful to include religion in the counseling process. It is also the client's choice not to talk about anything they do not want or are not ready to discuss.

Are you an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist?

Yes, I welcome all clients regardless of their sexual orientations, preferences, practices, identities, and relationship styles.

Do you provide couples counseling or family therapy? Child or teen therapy?

No, I provide only individual therapy to adults over the age of 18+

Do you work with clients interested in discussing intimacy and sexuality? 

Yes, let's talk about sex! Whether it is your main therapy goal or something that comes up during treatment, I am ready to explore this with you. Often at some point during treatment, the subject of sex will usually come up. Sexuality is an integral part of the human experience. I enjoy helping people develop healthier relationships with themselves and their sexuality and have more satisfying relationships with others.

Do you provide therapy to other therapists?

Yes! I love providing therapy to other therapists. Some therapists get intimidated by this type of dynamic, but I find it both challenging and rewarding. Many therapists have good insight into their own lives and have the ability to be introspective.

I love collaborating with them and providing my outside perspective to help them better understand themselves and how they interact in the world.

How can I get the most out of counseling?

Results from therapy will often depend on the client's commitment and motivation. The client must be ready for change and be open to applying what is learned in sessions to their life. I am a therapist that will help problem solve, provide strategies, and teach coping skills. Some clients are even open to continuing their growth through books, podcasts, or homework recommendations. It is the client's choice how much they use my feedback and recommendations. Often the more you put in, the more you will get out.

Will my counseling sessions be confidential?

Yes, but with some exceptions. As your therapist, I am legally prohibited from revealing to another person that you are in therapy with me, nor can I reveal what you have said to me in any way that identifies you without your written permission. However, in the following instances, your right to confidentiality must be set aside as required by law or professional guidelines:

  • If I suspect child abuse, elder abuse, or abuse of a dependent adult,
  • If a client reveals clear and imminent intent to harm themself or others.
  • If ordered by the court.

If you want me to discuss information with someone else, you must sign a HIPAA release form. In our first session, we will discuss confidentiality and its limits more fully.

Can I contact you outside the session?

Clients can contact me if they need to cancel or reschedule appointments. I do not provide text therapy or therapy through email between sessions. If you need more support, I can do my best to set up another early meeting than scheduled.  If clients are constantly needing support outside sessions, I might provide referrals for other organizations that can offer more services than I can provide. If you are experiencing an emergency, please visit your nearest emergency room or visit my emergency services page to find immediate assistance.

Do you prescribe medication?

No, I do not prescribe medication. If you are looking for psychotropic medication, you will need to look for a psychiatrist, physician's assistant, or psychiatric nurse practitioner. If you have a primary care physician, they can also prescribe this type of medication.

Do you write Emotional Support Animal (ESL) Letters?

No, this is out of my scope of practice. I do not have the training to make this determination.