Frequently Asked Questions
These are many of the things people commonly ask me. I have put them all in one place to make things easier. If you have additional questions, please feel free to call or email me.
WHAT IS MY SPECIALTY?
I do what is known as Solution-Focused Therapy. This means I focus on helping you find the strength, hope, resilience, and resources you need to move forward into a better life than you have now. I specialize in several areas: I can help with issues related to relationships, depression, self-esteem, anxiety, adjustment, stress-management and coping with adversity and life challenges. I help individuals, couples, and families work on themselves and/or on their relationships, as well as on divorce/relationship recovery for both men and women--as well as with their teenage kids (my Master's thesis: 'Resilience In Adolescents Following Parental Divorce Or Separation'). For more information on my specializations, please refer to the menu at the top of the screen. To find out if I can help you with something not covered here, please contact me and ask me about it. If I cannot help, I will do my best to find you someone who can.
DO I treat children?
I may engage in individual, 1:1 therapy with children aged 12 or older, and children old enough to participate constructively are welcome as part of a family unit in family therapy, where everyone attends sessions and participates. I can also refer you to excellent child therapists for 1:1 individual therapy in the local area for younger kids.
AM I AN ALLY?
Yes. I am LGBTQ-friendly and a vocal equal-rights ally. I have experience working with the LGBTQ population in Los Angeles in both individual and group therapy settings. I welcome people of all orientations in both my practice and my personal life.
WHERE IS MY OFFICE LOCATED?
I see clients in two locations: Encino (on Ventura Blvd near White Oak), and Simi Valley (on Jones Way, near Simi Valley hospital), California. Both locations are in professional office buildings, with free parking at both in private lots. We have a total of sixteen therapy suites. Here is a look at some of them:
IS WHAT WE TALK ABOUT IN THERAPY CONFIDENTIAL?
Confidentiality is a key part of therapy, and your privacy is extremely important to me. Except under the circumstances described below, or where the inclusion of others is absolutely necessary, what we discuss in therapy is strictly confidential. Exceptions to this include:
1) California law requires me to report suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, elders, or dependent adults, to the appropriate authorities. This includes sexual, physical, emotional, and financial abuse and neglect.
2) California law requires me to act to protect the well-being of my clients and other entities if I have reason to suspect the client or other person(s), or their property is in danger.
This and additional, related information regarding confidentiality is covered in our intake paperwork. Please give me a call if you have questions about this.
Will therapy help me?
Therapy can be extremely beneficial. Each person has their own reasons for going, and a unique experience in therapy. Those who are willing to enter into the process with an open mind about beliefs and assumptions, and a willingness to grow can benefit tremendously. Perhaps the best answer to this question is: you will get out of therapy what you put into it. Your mind is like a muscle: if you go to the gym and work on your muscles, they will grow and you will get stronger. Therapy is like a workout for your mind--if you work on it, it too can grow in terms of understanding and ability. René Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am". What you think and do determines how you feel--and sometimes the other way around as well. Therapy can help you change negative thought patterns and replace beliefs that hold you back with ones that let you soar instead.
Can I bring a friend with me Into therapy?
This is can be problematic for a variety of reasons (mostly related to confidentiality), but can also be beneficial in certain circumstances. This should always be discussed with your therapist in advance so potential risks and concerns can be addressed. If you wish to bring someone in with you, please let me know at least one or two sessions beforehand so we can discuss it in session.
I am struggling with substance abuse. Can you help me?
I am here to help, but I cannot see you if you are actively drinking or using and are under the influence at the time of your session. Drunk therapy is like drunk driving: you may harm yourself or others and you might not remember it. You must be sober to attend therapy, and I have firm policies regarding this--please call and ask me about them if you have questions.
Can we text or communicate On social media?
Due to the nature of social media and related concerns regarding safety and confidentiality, the answer to this is a firm no. If we need to communicate, please call or email me. I must ask that you refrain from including therapy-specific and/or personal content in email or voicemail. Social media is not as private as you might think, and anything and everything you ever say, share, or post on social media, including private messages, lives in perpetuity on a server somewhere. Please use discretion on the internet, in social media, and with text, IM, or other communication platforms or applications. This also includes sites like Yelp, etc.; therapists are not allowed to acknowledge or respond to anything regarding current or previous clients on such sites due to confidentiality concerns, and we are not allowed to solicit reviews or ratings in any public forum. Out of concern and respect for you and your privacy, I respectfully ask that you refrain from using any such media in this manner.