Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect at our first session and how long does therapy take?
If this is your first time experiencing therapy, it can feel daunting and maybe even anxiety-provoking to talk with someone new. This is why I like to let clients know the first session is about you getting to tell me what’s happening -- or if you are coupled, what’s happening between you two -- and for me to listen, reflect back what I think I’m hearing, and make sure you feel understood.
The first session is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about me and my practice.
If for some reason we decide therapy or coaching is not a right fit for you and you need a referral, I don’t charge for the first session.
Every client is different and the issues that each client struggles with vary, so it’s difficult to say how long it will take. But what I can offer is I will be sure to routinely check in to see how therapy is going and if you feel like we are on the right track.
Due to Covid-19, are you offering sessions online? Do you work in person?
Currently, all sessions are exclusively online over a secure, HIPAA-approved form of web conferencing.
I plan to return to the office and resume in-person sessions in the office this Fall while also continuing to offer online services for those not ready to return or wanting greater flexibility with their sessions.
I don’t live in Los Angeles. Can we still work together?
Yes — for both couples and individuals looking to work on something specific and would like to take a more targeted approach, I offer online coaching to those living in the United States and abroad. You can learn more about that service
What form of couple therapy do you use and is it effective?
I am training to become certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Sometimes you might hear it referred to as EFT. You can learn more about it in depth
The quick digest: EFT is a model of therapy rooted in the framework of adult love and attachments. It’s a nine-step, three-stage process of change helping couples resolve conflict and create more connection, stability, and safety within the body of their relationship. EFT helps clients connect to core feelings, emotions, and needs by way of engaging the couple to share these experiences with each other and deepen their bond.
It can be a short-term model of change, but that all depends on the couple, the issues you are wanting to work through, and if either partner has experienced trauma.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance but can provide a “superbill” to submit for any out-of-network coverage you may have through your insurance. Please be advised that it will be up to you to determine eligibility for services.
Some questions to consider when determining your eligibility:
What are my benefits for mental health services? Does my insurance cover individual or couple therapy?
How many visits am I allowed per year?
Do I have a deductible to meet?
What is your cancellation policy?
If you can’t make your appointment, please know that I require at least 24 hours to inform me of your need to cancel. If you need cancel the day of or do not show for your scheduled appointment, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.