Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need therapy?
All kinds of concerns and struggles can be good reasons to go to therapy. You may have unresolved trauma. You might be feeling anxious, depressed, empty or isolated. You may suffer from feelings of low self-esteem, or feel unable to connect with others deeply. Perhaps you find yourself in repeated relationship patterns that have you feeling stuck or confused. All of these, and many more, are good reasons to seek therapy.
What can I expect from my first session of individual therapy?
On your first session, I’ll ask you what brings you to therapy at this time. I will listen carefully and create a place of safety where you can begin to feel more comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings. I will ask about your current situation and your history. I will share with you my observations and approach to our work together. It should feel collaborative and interactive.
What kind of issues and problems do you deal with?
I work with people with a wide variety of human challenges and suffering including anxiety, isolation, depression, trauma, grief and loss, marital/ relational conflict, family dynamics, life transitions and workplace issues. Together we will deeply process feelings to uncover the underlying unmet needs that result in painful core emotions we are often unaware of. Then we can begin to transform those emotions into others that heal and empower.
What would my commitment be?
When you call or email me we will talk briefly to give me an idea of your concerns and then set up an appointment for our first full session. If we both feel that working together would be good, we'll set up a regular time to meet. Typically, sessions are 50 minutes long and once a week, unless we make other arrangements concerning frequency. If you choose to use PPO insurance, I will give you a monthly statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. At first phone call or session I will provide you my rate.
Where are you located and how would I contact you?
My office is in Hermosa Beach just South/West of LAX. My phone number is (424) 262-1255. I check my confidential message service regularly. You may leave me a message with your phone number and I will return your call promptly.