My fee is $150 per 50 minute therapy session. I accept cash or checks, payable at time of session. Therapy is most effective when committed to on a weekly basis. As a result, I reserve my time for you, but also understand that work, family or other commitments may occasionally intervene. In order to cancel or request a time change, please contact my office 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment. Missed appointments and cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will result in a full session charge. With prior discussion and approval, video or phone sessions may also be arranged.
Do you accept Insurance?
I am a private pay, out of network provider, which means that I do not accept insurance. Why? Health care providers can limit the number of sessions, specify treatment modes, and require each client to have a specific medical diagnosis, which becomes part of the client's permanent health care record. Insurance companies may also legally request all clinical notes, which affects patient privacy.
Please consult your insurance provider directly to review your individual healthcare plan and their out-of-network reimbursement policy. Important questions to ask include their policy on mental healthcare reimbursement for out of network providers, the cost of deductible, and how many sessions per year they authorize.
Education / Training / Experience
A California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I hold an M.A. in Depth Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition, I received 2 years of psychodynamic clinical training at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, CA, treating writers, performers and other creative professionals in the areas of Anxiety, Depression, Relationship / Career Conflicts, Creative Blocks and Stress management.
I also served for 18 months as a Staff Therapist at Almansor Clinical Services, providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for at-risk Youth and Families in Los Angeles and the greater Pasadena area.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I spent 15 years in the entertainment industry as a producer in film, television, commercials and documentaries, including Coordinating Producer for director Michael Apted’s longitudinal documentary series, "Married in America" — a 20-year study of nine American couples, used by the UCLA department of Psychology as a teaching tool for the study of marriage and relationships. These many years of industry experience deeply inform my practice, and are the reason I am dedicated to helping creative professionals.
What is Depth Psychology?
DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY is founded on the psychoanalytic principle that many of our behaviors are rooted in unconscious processes. By working with a trained depth therapist to explore your past and present life choices, and the images, writing, art and dreams springing up from your creative imagination, you may gain fresh personal insights, leading to enhanced well-being, healthier relationships, and more authentic self-expression.
While no modality can guarantee results, numerous peer-reviewed meta-studies (Blagys & Hilsenroth, 2000; Leichsenring & Grabung, 2008; DeMaat, et al, 2009; Abbass, et al, 2009; Shedler, 2010) indicate that psychodynamic therapy can lead to significant healing in both short and long-term evaluation, with patients not only maintaining therapeutic gains, but continuing to improve over time, with efficacy rates equal to and at times, surpassing those of antidepressants and pre-scripted, manualized therapies such as CBT.
What is Active Imagination?
Active Imagination is the process of creating a conscious dialogue with unconscious parts of our selves (i.e. our unvoiced hopes, wishes, desires and fantasies), in order to gain fresh insights into our past and present actions. Known to contemporary Western minds primarily through the writing and images of Carl Jung, Active Imagination actually has roots in ancient Greek, Egyptian, Japanese, Sufi, Aboriginal, and Native American traditions -- cultures which prized dream incubation, waking visions and other hypnagogic states, to transmit powerful wisdom and insights.
If you're a creative artist, you've likely experienced versions of this already on your own. Think of that intoxicating FLOW state when a story plot, melody, song or image seemingly comes to you through the ether -- effortlessly and intuitively. There's no greater feeling for a creator, right? Conversely, there's no worse feeling than on those days when the images and ideas simply do not come. As a published short fiction author who struggled greatly with writing blocks in the past, I wrote my master’s thesis on Active Imagination as a potential pathway through writer’s block, and now enjoy sharing these techniques with other creatives in my counseling practice.
Here's an interview I did with Creative Screenwriting magazine with some tips you can begin using today to try "befriending and transcending" some of your own creative blocks. (As with any modality, Active Imagination may not be right for everyone and I invite all clients to discuss the pros and cons of this techniques in detail, based upon their personal history, creative background and therapeutic goals, prior to embarking upon the process.)
Additional Certifications, Workshops and Trainings:
TF-CBT certified practitioner (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist)
DreamTending: Dream Analysis workshop by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, founder of Pacifica Graduate Institute
The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing workshop by Catherine Ann Jones -- Esalen Big Sur, California.
How Can I Contact You?
Call me at (424) 354-3910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation, or to book an appointment. I look forward to connecting with you.