My Approach to Helping
For whatever reason, life doesn't look the way you want it to right now. Maybe you feel sad or "stuck" and don't know how to change your situation. Maybe your relationship is in trouble. You could be a parent worried about your child. If you identify with one of these issues and want some help, I can help you. I specialize in work with individuals with depression, couples, and teens. In therapy, you and I will work together as a team to facilitate the changes you seek. Don't settle another moment for a life you are unhappy with.
More Info About My Practice
My fee is $120/50-minute session and $180/75-minute session (recommended for couples & families). If you want to use your health insurance, I can provide you with a "Super Bill" for reimbursement as an Out-of-Network Provider. Please check with your health insurance company to see what your benefit is.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
When considering a therapist, the first thing you will want to do is find someone who successfully treats whatever you are coming to therapy to address. Most therapists specialize in something. When it comes to tackling a specific problem, it simply helps to have a specialist. The second thing you will want to consider is how the therapist works. Ask the therapist what a typical session looks like with them--are they directive or is it more of an unstructured session? Do they give a lot of advice? Will they be asking a lot of questions? Do they focus on thinking and behavior patterns? Maybe learning from family history is more important in your therapist's eyes? Consider the way you would like your ideal therapist to work. The third factor to consider is also proven to be the most important factor to success in therapy: the therapeutic relationship. How well do you "gel" with your therapist? A therapist who is a good fit for you will be someone you feel understands you, accepts you, and works WITH you. You want to feel good about who they are in the room with you.
Another thing to consider is location. If you live in Los Angeles, you are familiar with heavy traffic. It seems like a no-brainer to see a therapist close to where you live and/or work...but I would stress this point. In therapy, consistency counts. If it becomes a hardship to attend your weekly session, you may be tempted to start canceling sessions. Your therapy will suffer.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I am passionate about treating depression because it is something I have been through myself. It was a scary time! When I was depressed, I felt like I was the only person in the world who felt the way I did. The people around me didn't understand why I couldn't just "snap out of it." This only made me draw further inside of myself. I was lonely and my sadness kept getting heavier and heavier. I felt hopeless. When I finally conceded I didn't have the power to get over it myself, I sought help--and it was life-saving. If you are experiencing depression, it is extremely important to get help-- and, the sooner, the better. You aren't thinking clearly when you are depressed. I know. I've been there. I can help you.
Personal experience also led me to my work with couples. As a kid, I watched my parents' marriage unravel. They never sought help to save their relationship. They stayed together "for the kids." Eventually, they divorced. I wish my parents would have gone to couples therapy. I can't say that they would have stayed together, but I know that in couples therapy they would have developed a healthier relationship that would have improved their lives as well as the lives of their children. Relationships are difficult, and--truth be told--they are hard work. But they don't have to hurt. They can be quite wonderful and I love teaching this to clients every day.