Practicalities

 

How do I get started?

The first step is to schedule a free, brief consultation call through my client portal. If you prefer, you can instead contact me directly to ask questions, schedule a call, or go ahead and schedule a first appointment.

During a consultation call, I’ll ask you about what is bringing you into therapy (in general terms), answer any questions you have, and discuss things like scheduling and fees.

Next, I’ll email you a link to access my client portal, so that you can complete a few forms and put a credit card on file.

Then you’ll simply come in for our first appointment and we’ll take it from there.

Do you provide couples therapy or group therapy?

I am currently not seeing couples or running any groups. I am only providing individual therapy.

How long are sessions? How frequently will we meet?

Sessions are 45 minutes long.

Generally, I begin seeing clients once a week. For some people, meeting twice a week or more is more appropriate because of their level of distress or difficulty functioning.

I only see clients less frequently than once a week if they have been in treatment, accomplished their main goals, and are now moving into more of a maintenance phase.

What is your cancellation policy?

I ask for 48-hours cancellation notice, otherwise you are responsible for the cost of your session. There is no charge if you cancel with less than 48-hours notice and we are able to reschedule your session for the same week.

Please note that insurance companies generally will not reimburse you for missed session fees.

Do you have evening or weekend hours available?

Reach out to learn about my current availability. I do see clients several evenings a week. I don’t work on weekends.

Where are you located?

My address is 3306 Glendale Blvd, Suite 7, Los Angeles, CA 90039.

I’m located in Atwater Village, easily accessible from the nearby 2 and 5 freeways, as well as neighborhoods such as Glendale, Silver Lake, Highland Park, Echo Park, Adams Square, and Eagle Rock.

There is typically plenty of street parking available on Glendale Blvd and nearby side streets.

To find me once you arrive, simply use the second external staircase toward the back of the building, flip on the call switch next to my name in the waiting room, and have a seat. I’ll come out at your appointment time.

How much do sessions cost?

My fee is $200 per session.

I have many lower fee spots in my practice, but they are all full at the moment.

Do you accept insurance?

I don’t accept insurance for two reasons. The first reason is because I believe that you and I should decide on the course of your treatment, the length of it, and the types of interventions we engage in — not an insurance company.

The second reason is that insurance companies impose an unrealistic amount of paperwork on therapists in exchange for a very low payment. I do my best work when I spend my days providing therapy to a reasonable number of clients, not working myself into a state of burnout and providing you with substandard treatment.

I, however, do accept payment through Health Savings Accounts.

Does that means I can’t use my insurance to cover my treatment?

Not necessarily. My clients pay me out-of-pocket, and at the start of each month they can access my client portal to obtain a “superbill” for the previous month’s sessions. They can then submit their superbills to their insurance companies for reimbursement if they have out-of-network mental health coverage.

To learn more about what your insurance company will and will not cover, give your insurance company a call, let the customer service rep know you are interested in learning about your out-of-network mental health benefits, and ask:

  • What is my deductible? (In other words, how much will you be required to pay before they begin to reimburse you?)

  • What percentage of therapy fees will they cover?

  • Are there any limits on coverage, such as number of sessions per year?

  • What are the steps involved in submitting a superbill for reimbursement?

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be happy to help with as much of this process as possible.

Is there anything I need to prepare before our first session or consultation call?

There’s nothing you need to prepare. It’s my job is to guide you through our consultation call and first session as much as needed.