Relationship Counselor and Trauma Therapist
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is your fee?

My standard fee is $150 per 50 minute session. This includes 45 minutes of therapy and up to 5 additional minutes to pay and wrap up the session. Sessions longer than 50-minutes are charged for the additional time on a pro-rated basis. Fees are to be paid at each session. Payments may be made by cash, check or credit/debit card.


Do you accept insurance?

I'm a contracted in-network provider with Cigna, however I am not accepting new Cigna client at this time. For all other insurance plans, I'm considered an out-of-network provider.

If you choose to use your insurance to see me as an out-of network provider, you'll need to seek reimbursement directly from your insurance carrier. Payment will be required at the time of service, and I'll supply you with a detailed monthly statement which you may submit to your insurer. Please note that not all insurance plans have out-of-network coverage and, those that do, may require prior authorization for certain services. I strongly suggest you contact your carrier prior to starting out-of-network therapy for a thorough explanation of your benefits.


What Prepare/Enrich premarital packages do you offer? 

I offer two Prepare/Enrich premarital packages.

Core Skill Building Package: $750 (prepaid)

This package includes six 50-minute feedback sessions, the Prepare/Enrich online assessment, the couple's report, and two Prepare/Enrich workbooks.

 Basic Package: $270* (paid at session)

This package includes one 90-minute feedback session, the couple's report, and two Prepare/Enrich workbooks. *This package does not include the online assessment, and you will need to pay an additional $35 by credit card directly to Prepare/Enrich when you take the assessment. 

Additional 50-minute sessions may be added to either package at my standard rate of $150 per session.


May I see you for therapy under the California Victim Compensation Board (Cal VCB)?

Yes, I am a participating provider in the California Victim Compensation Board.  As a trauma therapist, I'm committed to helping victims of crime in their recovery and healing process. If you're a crime survivor and have already qualified to receive services through the Cal VCB (i.e., have been assigned an application number), I will submit mental health claims on your behalf for the reimbursement of therapy fees. For more information on Cal VCB, and to see if you qualify, please visit the Cal VCB website.

*As of 6/1/19, I am unable to accept new clients under the CAL VCB program.


Where is your office located and is there parking available?

9171 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 680, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The office is centrally located in a professional building in Beverly Hills on Wilshire Blvd between Palm & Oakhurst. It’s easily accessible from the Westwood, Century City, Beverly Grove, West Hollywood, Mid- Wilshire, Fairfax and Carthay neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

Parking is available in the building for a fee and accessible via Palm Drive. Street parking is available on Wilshire Blvd, Palm Drive, Oakhurst Drive, and Clifton Way (1 block north of Wilshire). Please be sure to read all posted signs and meters, as some of these streets have restrictions during certain times of the day. Additionally, the office is accessible via public transportation, and the building has an elevator and handicap access.


What happens during the first session?

The first visit will primarily focus on getting acquainted and information gathering. We'll review my office policies and procedures, discuss your new client questionnaire, explore your reasons for seeking therapy, and work collaboratively to identify the initial treatment goals. You'll also have the opportunity to ask any questions and discuss your expectations for therapy.


What is your cancellation policy?

My office operates under a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel a  session, please do so no less than 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, you'll be required to pay your full fee for the missed session. Please be aware that most insurance companies will not provide reimbursement for missed sessions or late cancellations.


Do you provide couples therapy for domestic violence issues?

No, I do not work with couples who have active or past incidents of domestic violence.  My treatment focus is on providing individual therapy and psycho-education to the abused partner/survivor.

In relationships where domestic violence is present, there is an unequal distribution of power within the relationship. The abusive partner routinely engages in coercive behaviors (e.g, physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse) to control or subordinate the other partner. I do not believe that domestic violence should be addressed in couples therapy because couples therapy places the responsibility for change on both partners. Domestic violence, however, is NOT a joint relationship problem. It’s an individual problem that stems from the abusive partner’s need for power and control. Therefore, domestic violence is the sole responsibility of the abusive partner and should be addressed in a specialized intervention program for abusers.

A list of other reasons why couples therapy is not advised may be found here.


What is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT or MFT)  is a mental health professional who is qualified to practice psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and children. They have specialized training in relationship dynamics and family systems and are qualified to diagnose and treat a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and relational issues. A LMFT is not qualified to prescribe psychiatric medications. To become licensed to practice psychotherapy in the state of California, a LMFT must obtain a Masters degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, complete 3,000 hours of supervised training, and pass two state licensing board exams.


 
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Still have questions?

Finding the right therapist is hard, and you want to make sure that all your questions are answered before you invest your time and energy into therapy with me. Reach out and schedule a free 15-minute consultation call! I'm happy to answer any questions about my practice and services during our call.