My Approach to Helping
My approach to helping includes enjoying listening to people and walking through their problems with them. My approach doesn't involve 'fixing' people, because a person's emotions aren't like an arm that needs to be set after it's been broken. Rather, it's an often confusing mass of constant thoughts and opinions that need to be worked through and understood.
More Info About My Practice
I am an Marriage and Family Therapy Intern working under the supervision of Michael Pariser, Psy. D. (PSY 20038). My fee is $100 per session, and each session is 45 minutes long. The initial session/consultation is free! I do not accept insurance, but will accept cash or check. The office is located in Westwood, CA near U.C.L.A.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Therapy has a really bad rap with some people, communities and cultures. People believe that only people who are sick or crazy come to therapy. In fact, most people who come to therapy are well-functioning people who are bogged down by struggles in their life or need someone with a non-judgmental ear to speak with. It takes strength to admit that you need these things, and courage to search them out, so your presence in the office with the therapist shows that you are a person of substance and quality - the opposite of weak and flawed.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Therapy is best when it's done at least once a week, because it provides consistency and builds trust between a client and his, her or their therapist. Sessions are forty-five minutes in duration to allow for open discussion and to diminish feeling rushed by time constraints. If necessary, sessions can be turned into double sessions (two sessions back to back) or more often than once a week.