It’s totally normal to have questions about online therapy and therapy in general. Here are some of the most common ones I get about my practice but feel free to reach out if you have more. Call or test (323) 301-3129 for a free 15 minute consultation.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
I accept PPO insurance as an out of network provider. This means that you pay me directly for each session and then I provide you with a superbill, which is a record of services and payments, to submit to your insurance at the end of each month. Once your insurance company accepts the claim, they will mail you a check for the amount they agree to reimburse you for my services.
Most PPO plans will reimburse you for a portion of the session fee but every plan is different so I recommend that you call your insurance to ask about your coverage.
Here are some questions that can help you while you are chatting with your insurance:
How much does my insurance plan pay for an out-of-network provider? For individual therapy, ask about reimbursement for procedural code 90834. For couples therapy, ask about code 90847.
Is there a deductible that has to be met before I am reimburse for out-of-network therapy sessions? If so, what is it and how close am I to meeting that?
Is there a limit to how many sessions you will reimburse for?
The other option is that you can use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to save by paying for therapy with pre-tax dollars.
Why would I choose online therapy versus traditional in person sessions?
Online therapy has been thoroughly researched and all the studies show it is just as effective as in person therapy. I am committed to providing the highest level of service to my clients and enjoy practicing in this modality. Online therapy provides a level of convenience and comfort that in person therapy at times cannot. For instance, with online sessions you can avoid the hassle of driving, waiting in traffic, and parking at an office. This means that it is less time intensive and that you can have sessions in a place where you are most comfortable, like your home or your office. Online sessions free up more time in your schedule so you spend your time most effectively. Lastly, online therapy makes it so that geographic location is no longer an issue when it comes to choosing a therapist. My license is valid for all residents of California and I am happy to provide coaching services to clients around the world.
If you or your partner have concerns about whether online sessions are for you, my advice is to book a free 15 min consult on my website and so we can see if we are a good therapeutic match.
What services do you provide?
I provide individual therapy, couples therapy and life coaching services. As a therapist, I use a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and narrative therapy. When I am working with couples and families, I often will explore systems theory and family of origin issues in order to help each client understand more about those around them. My ultimate goal of any therapeutic work is to help my clients lead their best lives and I am open to any path that may take.
How much do sessions cost and how long are they?
My sessions typically run 60 minutes though I am open to booking 90 minute sessions with advance notice. Most clients see me on a weekly basis though others prefer every other week depending on their needs. My rates are comparable to other licensed MFT’s in West Hollywood and Los Angeles.
What is the difference between therapy and life coaching?
While they both provide value and can help you become your best self, life coaching focuses more on the limiting beliefs and fears that may be stopping you from enacting your goals. It is a more concrete and directive form of intervention which focuses on the day to day actions you can take to actualize your optimal path in life. On the other hand, individual therapy sessions focus more on the mental health concerns and underlying issues that you may want to address. Couples therapy sessions address the interpersonal conflicts and issues that may arise between a romantic couple or within a family.
What qualifies you to be a therapist?
I have my masters degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University and am currently licensed as a marriage and family therapist in the state of California. This means that I completed over 3000 hours of counseling services as an intern and passed rigorous exams for licensure. I continue to keep up with my educational requirements for my license so I am always learning more about the field. I have been in private practice in Los Angeles for several years now and I love it. Prior to becoming a therapist, I started my own tutoring business and have been working with families for over 14 years now. Throughout my professional experiences, I have enjoyed helping people become their best self in the multiple spheres of life.