Frequently asked questions.

1. What is your theoretical approach?

I conceptualize my approach as a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral (CBT). The psychodynamic approach examines unconscious processes by looking at past experiences in relation to the present. The cognitive behavioral approach identifies unhelpful thoughts and beliefs and teaches helpful strategies/techniques to undo these tendencies. 

Environments and how you speak to yourself are very important. I believe we are always in a state of growing and learning. 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?

  • Online individual session: $200
  • Online couples/family session: $225
  • I can accept credit card, HSA, Venmo, or Zelle as payment (no checks or cash).

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

Sessions are 50 minutes long. 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

5. What Ages of Children Do You Help?

I work with teenagers either in high school or college. If you are seeking therapy for a child that is a pre-teen or younger, I ask that at least one parent participate in each session.

6. Do You Accept My Insurance?

I am not currently contracted with any insurance carriers and do not accept insurance directly. A “superbill” can be provided for you to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement. However, I recommend you call and check with your insurance carrier first to determine what is covered for an out-of-network provider.