FAQ’s

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Is everything I share with my therapist private?

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of psychotherapy. There are some legal exceptions (for example: reporting of suspected child, dependent adult, and elder abuse; telling authorities if someone has an imminent plan to kill or seriously harm someone else; and possibly breaking confidentiality to intervene if someone intends to kill oneself [AKA suicidality]). There are a few other exceptions, but these are the ones that I want to highlight for you here. Oh! There’s a newish mandate about underage sexting/images and reportability. However, in general, your privacy is protected to the utmost degree by both laws and professional ethical codes.

Where is Valley Village?

I hear this question from at least one person anytime I tell a group the office location. So, in case you are wondering–Valley Village is a small district in the San Fernando Valley. It neighbors Studio City, Toluca Lake, North Hollywood, and Sherman Oaks. 

Does going to therapy mean I am sick or that something is wrong with me?

Therapy can be useful on so many levels that have nothing to do with being “sick” or “having something wrong.” Can we instead reframe therapy to mean, “having courage to explore self and/or to consider change?”

Do you work with men who have eating issues or eating disorders?

Yes!

What’s distinct about an “MFT”?

MFTs receive training to treat a wide variety of aspects within the mental health field and incorporate relational aspects/relationships into the whole picture. Though I also am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I tend to work from the MFT’s position.

How long is therapy?

Sessions are 45 to 50 minutes and typically occur on a weekly basis. Oops! You meant, “in general?” Well, that depends on specific goals and your personal desires. You have the right to stop therapy at any time, and you are also welcome to continue for as long as therapy feels beneficial.

How do I get started?

Click here or on the “Getting Started-Contact” tab for information…