I Provide Individual, Couples, and Group Therapy.

about me

The most popular questions people ask me about therapy.
(Of course, you can also call me.)

Q: When I call you for the first time, what will we talk about?

A: Our first conversation on the phone is really a chance for you to get a feel for me, to see whether I feel like the right match for you, and for you to ask me any questions. In a sense, you’re interviewing me for the job. We’ll talk about what your goals are. And then I’ll offer some options and recommendations about how we could proceed.

To ask about psychotherapy, call me at (310) 863-6199.

Q: How much do you charge? Do you take health insurance?

A: This is a good question, and the issue is widely misunderstood: Often people focus on the fee per session, because that at least is a number they can grab on to, and forget to consider, “How many session will there be?” Not all psychologists take the same number of sessions. But even this isn’t the most important issue. The most important issue is: How good is the fit between you and your psychologist? Do you guys click? If there’s poor chemistry, then a low fee and a low number of sessions doesn’t matter: If you didn’t get anything out of it, it’s a waste of your time and money.

So, want therapy to cost less? Choose the psychologist you feel most comfortable with. Given two equally competent psychologists, you are better off with the one you trust more. The therapy will progress more rapidly, all else being equal.

That said, I am not on any health insurance panels. I can give you a superbill that you might use with your HMO, PPO, health savings account, or otherwise deduct, but you will need to confer with your insurance claims adjustor and tax advisor to ascertain the net cost to you.

To ask about psychotherapy, call me at (310) 863-6199.

Q: What kind of couples counseling do you do? And do you do premarital couples counseling?

A: I see straight, gay, and lesbian couples, and use two kinds of methods, emotion focused couples therapy and Gottman Method. Both are backed by research supporting their effectiveness. I use Gottman Method for brief premarital counseling (a few sessions), and Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for everything else.

To ask about psychotherapy, call me at (310) 863-6199.