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Starting Psychotherapy – The Importance of “Fit”

One of the most overlooked aspects of psychotherapy is the “fit” a client has with a therapist. Before I ever take on a new client, I take intentional steps, through an initial brief call (zoom/ phone), to make sure I’m the right person to assist you with your goals. I will first assess whether the issues you’re presenting with are within my scope of practice. This means 2 things. One, do I have the expertise and training necessary to help you and, two, can your issues be effectively addressed in a private practice setting. I also want you to speak with me for a few minutes to determine whether there is enough of a connection/ comfort to begin the therapy process. While a deeper connection does take time to develop, I encourage perspective clients to trust “their gut” on their initial interactions with a potential therapist.

Initial Assessment

Once we determine the fit is appropriate, we set up our initial appointment where I conduct a thorough assessment of a client’s symptoms, relationship patterns, medical history, lifestyle behaviors and will refer for medical evaluations and psychological testing when indicated. I strongly believe in fully understanding the nature of the problem that a client presents with, as I recognize that no two clients are the same nor will they need to same exact intervention. Clients are involved in the conceptualization of the treatment plan and on a regular basis we will review this plan to assess for progress and to determine whether modifications to the plan should occur.

Evidence-Based Treatment

I work diligently to provide clients an atmosphere that is safe and professional. My approach draws on best practices supported by empirical research, as well as regular feedback check-ins about how the process of therapy is working/ not working for a client. I value the unique strengths that clients possess and work hard to enhance these in treatment through a collaborative relationship. I believe it is a client’s right to understand the therapy process at all times and therefore I encourage clients to be informed consumers of the work we do together.

I have successfully helped clients with the following concerns:

  • Alcohol, Drug and Other Addiction Concerns
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Sexually Compulsive Behaviors
  • Relationship Challenges – Marital, Pre-Marital, Family
  • Sports Psychology or Performance Related Concerns
  • Childhood Abuse – Sexual, Physical and/ or Emotional
  • Male Mental Health Concerns - Click here for more information on my work with boy's and men.
  • Pre-Marital Counseling – certified PREPARE/ ENRICH provider
  • Couples Counseling, including couples struggling with infertility

Getting Started

If you have interest in receiving counseling services, please call 310-924-2432 or e-mail My goal is to get you to the right type of service to address your concerns. In many cases, I am able to help those that inquire about services. Currently, I have a wait-list to clients to get started in psychotherapy. Sometimes, it’s appropriate to wait to get started, but other times I will strongly recommend you seek services with a psychotherapist who has more immediate availability.

Cost for Psychotherapy Services

  • 80 Minute Initial Assessment - $450
  • 45 Minute Individual, Couples or Family Therapy - $300
  • 80 Minute Individual, Couples or Family Therapy - $450


While I do not accept reimbursement from insurance companies or serve on any insurance panels, I am happy to provide a statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please call your insurance company to see what coverage you have with out-of-network providers.

Cancellation Policy

I value our time together and only take on as many clients as my schedule can handle. My practice is typically full, and therefore don't usually have the flexibility to reschedule appts within the same week.

For appointments scheduled Tuesday-Friday, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment time. For Monday appointments, please cancel no later than 3pm on the Friday before our scheduled time. Late cancellations will be charged the full session rate..