In therapy, we will be identifying patterns in your life that aren’t working for you. This kind of pattern can develop without your awareness and can create undesirable outcomes. By illuminating these patterns and their causes, we can work to interrupt them and find a healthier path.
Therapy can help you foster more peace, self-awareness, and confidence. By working through underlying issues, we can relieve depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and stress. In doing so, you’ll reconnect with your needs and feelings and learn useful new communication and coping skills. We’ll work to cultivate self-love and confidence by discovering and accepting who you truly are.
Finding the right therapist is very personal and can look different from one person to the next. Most therapists, myself included, will start with an initial consultation so you can get to know each other. Though there is no precise formula, there are a few things you’ll want to consider:
First, you should feel safe and understood. This is imperative because you’ll be discussing very personal information in therapy and that feeling of safety is necessary in order to open up.
Second, you should feel secure in their competence. They should be able to discuss their experience and approach to therapy in a way that you can understand.
Lastly, you should feel challenged. A great therapist should make you feel understood and supported while also gently challenging you to grow.
Therapy doesn’t come with rigid timelines. The process is highly personal and different for everyone. You and I will keep the conversation open and check in often about your needs and progress. We will plan our work together accordingly. You are in charge and can pause or stop whenever it feels right.
What happens during a therapy session can vary depending on your goals and the modality being used.
Most importantly, there is nothing to worry or be nervous about. This is not a painful medical examination, this is not a test you can fail. You can expect a lot of communication, patience, and understanding.
Most of my career has been focused on helping people of the LGBTQIA+ community; especially trans and gender nonconforming clients. I’ve also done a lot of work supporting HIV-positive clients. I am trained and certified in a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Action and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Gender-Affirmative Therapy, etc. See my about page for a full list.
For over a decade I have been working with the LGBTQIA+ community. Much of my work has been focused on supporting HIV-positive and trans clients. For almost 10 years I worked with the Los Angeles LGBT Center doing individual and group therapy, crisis counseling, managing the transgender behavioral health program, mental health clearance letters for gender affirming surgery, and case management for the trans community and HIV clinic.
It can be appropriate and even highly beneficial to include family members or partner(s) during a session. All of this depends on what we are working on and where we are in that work. We can always discuss whether it’s the right time and whether it’s something you are interested in. As long as it serves your needs and feels like a healthy choice, I’m happy to support it.
I provide different scheduling options for patients based on their needs. I try to be as flexible as I can and schedule appointments on weekdays, weekends and evenings. Please consult with me for availability.
While I am very glad to meet with you for our scheduled weekly therapy appointments, I want to make sure clients have mental health resources in case a crisis arises between appointments. If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency and your safety or someone else’s safety is at risk, you should immediately call 911. For other crises, a number of resources are available to you, including:
Yes! Many of us are finding ways to live our lives more safely these days, and that often includes conducting our business from home. As long as you reside and are located in the state of California, I am glad to provide therapy via telehealth. You’ll just need to make sure you have great privacy and reliable internet for our appointments.
While I am not currently on any insurance panels, I am glad to provide you with a super bill which can be presented to your insurance company for reimbursement. I encourage you to check with your insurance company to see if they accept super bills.
Getting started can feel a bit intimidating at times. Luckily all you need to do is send me a message saying you’d like to discuss counseling, and I’ll schedule a 15 minute phone call with you. During that call I’ll talk to you to see what your needs are around therapy. This will help you determine if I’m a good fit for you. If you would like to move forward after that, we can schedule an appointment and start sessions.
A first appointment is an opportunity for you to connect with your new therapist and share whatever part of your story you’d like. Your therapist will listen with compassion and reflect on your experiences with you. Often people can feel alone in carrying their story, so this can feel cathartic. Some people need a little more face time with a new therapist to develop a relationship before they divulge personal details, and that is an equally valuable use of time! By the end of the session, you should feel heard and seen, and your therapist may collaborate with you on a plan for your work together.
People’s process with starting therapy can vary. On the one hand, many people feel relief right off the bat in sharing their story with a new, neutral person. At the same time, the significant issues that are causing you distress will likely take time and consistent work to address. Regardless of which experience you have (most people experience both to some degree), your therapist will be there to support and guide you through the entire process.
Yes. At this time, I accept all major credit cards.
You and I will check in regularly about how you are progressing and what your needs are. When it starts to seem like your need for therapy is winding down, we will make a plan for you to take all your new tools and perspectives with you into the next chapter of your life. If you ever need to revisit therapy after you leave, you can always reach back out.
At this time, for public health reasons, I am primarily offering telehealth (video and phone) services. I’ve been very glad to see how well clients took to services online and plan to keep offering it for the foreseeable future.
While there can be some technical differences between these terms, they all speak to the services I provide. Therapy is a direct service that aims to improve functioning. Psychotherapy is a therapy focused on psychological needs. And counseling is a broad umbrella term that means talking to clients to support them with navigating emotional challenges and making healthy choices. These terms are all facets of the service I provide.
Yes! Writing letters for gender affirming surgery is one of my passions and I have a great deal of experience with it. I have worked with a wide range of surgeons and insurance companies and supported hundreds of trans and gender non-conforming clients through this process.