Slavica Kojadinovic LCSW
|Professions: Mental Health Counseling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
Billing and Insurance
I am an in-network provider for:
Fees: $120 per session. Free 20 minute first consultation
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I believe in the benefits of change. Although it can be an unpleasant experience with hard-to-control emotions, as it often is, it can provide you with an equally powerful sense of vulnerability and openness to new emotional experiences. Often feeling anxious, fearful, sad, angry, frustrated, or simply being "emotionally lost" precedes significant changes. Therefore, I believe in the hidden power of painful emotions.
Change begins with letting down layers of defenses. What we avoid experiencing is exactly what we need to experience and feel in order for change to happen and to feel better. This is a profound journey you are beginning. The journey of openness to discovery within, getting to know yourself on a deeper level, recognizing the layers of defenses but also layers of growth, wisdom, and strength residing within you. You are making an intensive, unique, and profound claim on the life that truly represents you.
Psychotherapy is a very personal, subjective, and often life changing experience. For that very reason, I draw from a selection of treatment methods to tailor each session to best match your needs as presented that day. I approach my clinical practice from a holistic, mindfulness-based, integrative, interactive, family of origin, attachment, relationally focused perspective. I share my sensitivity, compassion, empathy, validation, and positive regard to create the needed emotional safety for you to express your feelings, needs, and desires so as to explore your current or long-standing issues.
However, the benefits and success of your work in therapy depends on how well you engage in our therapeutic partnership and relationship, how effectively you focus on the work and commitment to getting to know yourself better not only in the session but in between the sessions as well. To what degree you grant yourself permission to experience freedom of being You, to encourage and celebrate that newly found You, to being honest with self and others. Only through honesty are we less lonely, less anxious, less depressed, less inhibited, less lost, etc. It is only you who can allow the room for change and growth to happen. Only you who grows and accelerates on that journey of yours. I am just a partner who walks by you, sensitive to your needs and providing you with some tools and support when the barriers and roadblock arise.
On a daily basis, I witness my clients gaining new positive emotional experiences, new insights, genuine inner vision, a self-knowing that is more than logical or verbal - the truly organismic experience of the whole being. They feel more stable, happier, more in control of emotions and behaviors, encouraged and hopeful about their lives, accepting of their Self. They use these gains to manage life stressors more effectively but also to see the life stressors as another opportunity for growth to happen. Their demeanor is more positive, they experience more love for self and others, they feel safer, more assertive, competent, important, and valued. They learn how to love their life as a whole.
This could be your story, too, now that you have decided to challenge yourself and believe in the benefits of change.
I provide a 20 minute free interview session as an opportunity for us to meet briefly to assess and determine whether we could be a good match for the therapeutic partnership and journey. You can find more detailed information about me on my website (the link provided on this page)
Email or Call Slavica Kojadinovic LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14752
More Info About My Practice
By entering into therapy, we begin a professional relationship with financial implications. It's important to discuss these at the very beginning of our work together.
Some issues do not meet the medical necessity requirements and you will need to pay out of pocket. I accept cash, check, or card payments.
Some issues you bring in might be diagnostic symptoms and you might choose to use your medical insurance to cover some of the expenses.
Navigating and understanding the insurance maze has become complex and at times difficult to understand; therefore, I am willing to assist you in this process to the best of my knowledge and experience.
If you plan to use your insurance plan, here are some important questions to answer by reviewing your plan or contacting your insurance representative::
Tell them you would like to check your eligibility for outpatient mental health services. They might ask for my credentials - I am an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). They might ask you for my zip code - 97212.
Do you need pre-authorization for treatment and how many sessions?
What is your co-pay?
Are you covered for "out-of-network" providers? If so, at what percentage?
What is your deductible and how much do you still owe on it this year?
Bring this information with you to our 20 minute free interview session or bring your insurance card with you and I will contact your insurance for you.
Thank you for taking your time to read my profile. I congratulate you on taking these courageous steps to healing and discovery within and wish you all the best.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Issues that stem from any traumatic, adverse, antagonizing experiences in current or past life. I distinguish them as outcomes of a "t" trauma or a "T" trauma. Some, foor example, current interpersonal issues (low self-esteem; difficulty connecting with others; resolving conflicts; feeling socially inept, etc) are issues that could originate from either a "t" or a "T" trauma. I integrate several models that help understand, resolve, and relieve both, "t"&"T" of past and current issues. I think of current emotional disturbances as old emotions/memories/struggles wanting to be released now. For that purpose, I use EMDR and body-oriented therapy models (Somatic and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) because our body remembers deeper than the brain. Body does not forget, the brain does. EMDR helps people find and unlock those hidden memories in their bodies, release them, make a meaning of all experiences related to the memory, and feel free from the disturbances that had been accompanying the memories.
Trauma happens to majority of us but it doesn't have to stay with us and control us.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
It helps people who are committed to the work, are willing to get to know themselves better, work on issues that have been troublesome for one reason or another, and who believe that Emotional Self is the part of our whole being that is in charge of our life, and, as such, needs to be nourished and healed. And therapy is the best place to do that work.
Services I Provide
- Clinical Supervision
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
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