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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question you’d like to ask? I’m committed to giving client's the best care and experience I can. There’s no such thing as a bad question when it comes to mental health. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions.

WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a therapeutic relationship between a trained psychotherapist and a client to help the client overcome symptoms and behaviors related to mental illness and emotional difficulties. Therapy is designed to be a safe space where you can come and discuss anything that is on your mind and heart without fear of judgment. 

Psychotherapy is completely confidential and I will not share you are attending therapy or what we talk about in therapy to family, friends and/or coworkers. However, there are some exceptions to confidentiality when it comes to safety (i.e. child abuse or serious threat to self or the life of someone else) and we will discuss during our first session and/or as needed as we continue our worth together.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR THERAPY SESSION?

Individual therapy includes one weekly 50-minute session. During your first session, an initial assessment will be conducted to get to know you and determine the best treatment plan for your needs, which will set the framework for your future sessions. Because each client comes to therapy with their unique situation, it is challenging to say how long one will be in treatment. Therefore, the time frame it takes for you to begin your healing journey and accomplish your treatment goals depends on your desire for personal development, growth, and commitment to therapy.

DO YOU OFFER ONLINE THERAPY?

Yes, I offer web and phone therapy through a HIPPA complaint telecommunication platform. I understand that these may not be the perfect replacements for in-person sessions, but web and phone therapy are great solutions for periods of long distance and/or life restrictions.

DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?

I do not prescribe any medication and only offer psychotherapy services. However, medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with psychotherapy. If it has been determined that medication may be needed for you, I will refer you to a licensed psychiatrist who can prescribe medication support.

WHAT IS THE GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE?

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created. It does not take into account any reimbursement that you may receive as a result of out of network benefits. The GFE does not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during treatment. You could be charged more if complications or special circumstances occur. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your GFE, you can dispute the bill. You can save a copy or picture of your GFE. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?

Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!

Contact

Los Angeles, CA 90024

323-673-5062

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