How much will it cost you not to pick a great therapist? Your marriage? Career success? Your health? Your ability to enjoy a rich life with fulfilling relationships? Many of my clients chose me after spending months or sometimes even years working with other therapists who simply could not help them make the necessary changes.
While I completely understand your wish and need to limit costs in an expensive city like Los Angeles, the real issue is “Can I help you solve your problem and get on with the rest of your life as quickly as possible?” I have done so many times with clients whose therapy went absolutely nowhere for years with other therapists. Finding someone who can teach you how to take control of your life is actually priceless.
Having said all that, I am committed to providing affordable therapy to people from all walks of life and don’t charge upwards of $200 for a 50-minute session like some therapists in Beverly Hills do. Instead, I provide 60-minute sessions at a reasonable rate and in addition, I give feedback to clients, when needed, in between sessions via email. However, I do not offer a sliding fee scale or accept insurance.
If what you read on my site resonated with you, I encourage you to look past finding the cheapest therapist or someone who will accept your insurance and instead prioritize your progress. Set up a free 15-minute phone consultation with me so we can discuss rate and scheduling.
Feel free to check out my answer to the question “How much will therapy cost?” for a fresh perspective on the cost of choosing an inexperienced or ineffective therapist. While I don’t accept insurance, I will provide you with the necessary documentation to submit a claim for out-of network reimbursement from your insurance provider. In addition, I can connect you to an app service that will submit claims for you at a very low cost.
In the state of California, licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) must hold a masters degree in psychology, have completed 3000 hours of clinical experience with weekly supervision, and passed two rigorous exams. All this training and practical experience is supposed to make therapists good at helping people take control of their inner and outer lives. In my humble opinion, what really enables therapists to get great at their jobs is an unyielding and never-ending commitment to their own therapy and personal growth, at least one excellent mentor and last but not least, another 10+ years of clinical experience. In a city like Beverly Hills, where you cannot spill a nonfat soy latte without hitting a therapist, such a consummate professional is still extremely hard to find.
A good rule of thumb is that you should feel some relief (however small) within 24-48 hours of your first session. Really being listened to can be a powerful, potentially life-changing experience. If you leave your therapist’s office feeling worse and more confused most of the time and these feelings don’t lift after a couple of days, please bring this up with her.
But, I also want to remind you that you are a human being not a car coming in for an oil change. It took you years to get unwell, so expecting to be fixed in a few sessions places unnecessary pressure on you.
To learn more about my practice, contact me for a free 15-minute consultation.