Frequently asked questions.

1. What is your theoretical approach?

I conceptualize my approach as psychodynamic with an emphasis on intersubjectivity theory. What this means, is that I examine unconscious process by looking at the past and how it relates to the present and by examining the therapeutic relationship to see how these unconscious processes play out.

We will work to retrace your belief systems, teach you how to accept and love your choices, heal old wounds, bring love back into your life, explore new paths, experience yourself in a way that you never have before that leaves you excited for every day, and uncover who you are. Environments and how you speak to yourself are very important. I believe we are always in a state of growing and learning. Individual therapy sessions may cover, but are not limited to, the following issues/concerns:

  • Mood Disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, anger, self-harming behaviors, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • Trauma-Related Issues (e.g., insomnia, panic attacks, phobias, avoidant behaviors, etc.)
  • Addiction Behaviors (e.g., drugs, alcohol, sexual addictions, etc.)
  • Academic/Career Support (e.g., time management, organizational skills, study skills, etc.)
  • Developmental Issues (e.g., learning disabilities, autism, etc.)
  • Negative Peer Influence (e.g., gangs, bullying, victimization, lack of peer support, etc.)
  • Sexuality & Gender (e.g., sexual identity formation, sexual trauma, self-acceptance, empowerment, etc.)
  • General Life Concerns (e.g., stress management, anger management, etc.)

2. How much does therapy cost?

I have a standard fee. The fee is part of what we talk about during the initial consultation. I try to ensure access to affordable treatment for all who are in need.

3. How long does therapy last and how frequent are the sessions?

Some people come for a handful of sessions, get what they need, feel better and finish quickly. Others find that therapy is a little like remodeling a house; once you begin, you discover many other areas and the scope of the work becomes larger. More frequent sessions are useful in a similar way that more frequent visits to the gym are useful. The details of all of these things are worked out collaboratively between you and me in the beginning of treatment.

4. How Do I Make an Appointment?

I am happy to hear from you by phone. Simply call 310-753-2536 and ask to make an appointment. I can usually see new clients within a week, sometimes within a day or two, depending on the flexibility of your schedule. Many people prefer to contact through email first and that is fine, too. I respond to messages within 24 hours and oftentimes much sooner when I am able. My email is McAteeTherapy@gmail.com

5. What Ages of Children Do You Help?

I work with teenagers either in high school or college.

6. Do You Accept My Insurance?

PPO insurance may be billed for your convenience. However, I am not currently contracted with any insurance carriers. Because of this, your insurance may deny any/all payment for treatment. Should this occur, you will be held financially responsible for any outstanding balance.