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Here are answers to common questions. If you don't find what you're looking for, please email me and I can answer any questions you have.
What is involved in sex therapy?
Sex therapy is just like any other psychotherapy, but with a focus on sexual concerns. I may recommend exercises for you to do at home, either alone or with a partner, but sex therapy does not involve any sexual contact during sessions.
Will you think I'm weird?
Probably not. I see a lot of people with a lot of different concerns and I'm pretty open-minded. If you have a concern that I don't have much experience with, I'll help you find a good referral.
I've had cancer treatment and things aren't working like they used to. Can you help?
Yes. I can work with you to make the most of your "new" sexual functioning and recommend things that you and your partner can do to make things better.
What is involved in relationship therapy?
In relationship therapy I facilitate a dialogue between you and your partner to uncover the roots of the conflict you're having, help you understand each others' feelings, and negotiate changing behavior to better meet each others' needs.
Do you ever recommend that people break up?
If you come to me for relationship therapy, I am your ally in repairing your relationship. I will be honest with you about things that are not working, but I believe that the decision to break up or stay together is best made by you and your partner.
What are your fees and hours?
I maintain a small practice so that I can focus more on each client, and as a result my fees are a bit higher than average. A 50-minute individual session is $295, and a 75-minute couples or relationship session (or 75-minute individual session) is $395. I have appointments on weekdays, including evenings.
Do you take insurance?
I am in-network with Medicare, but am not currently accepting new Medicare clients. I'm and out-of-network provider for all other plans, which means I will collect payment from you at the visit and give you a "superbill" (a fancy receipt for insurance) to submit for your own reimbursement. If you have out-of-network benefits, it's likely your insurance will reimburse you for a portion of the cost.
Here is a link to a list of questions to ask your insurance company to get the details of your coverage.
What if I can't afford therapy?
I believe everyone should have access to mental health care. If cost is prohibitive, here is a list of low-cost clinics in the LA area.