Can I contact you via email and tell you what I want? click me
Yes. You are more than welcomed to write to me and tell me about your needs/interests. My contact information is:
What can I expect sessions to be like? click me
In the initial phase of treatment, we work on developing a therapeutic partnership. This includes me getting to know you, your personality, your triggers, issues you want to work on. You will be doing a lot of talking during this phase. I may ask you to allow me to consult with other therapists or psychiatrists you have previously seen to collect more information. I explain my methods, and we come up with goals for therapy.
The middle phase of therapy tackles your problem head on. Depending on the issues we use a variety of approaches to do this. We might use EMDR if the issue is trauma related, or Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD. Sessions may involve going to various locations together, for example, if the issue is a phobia. The middle phase is the meat of therapy when most of the work is done.
The end phase of therapy involves maintaining your gains. We make sure that your success will continue into the future, and address any remaining issues that you desire to address.
Sessions are 50 minutes, can be in person, over the phone, or internet. I work in a highly collaborative way. Our time together can be intense, but can also be fun. Sometimes you indulge in some much needed venting, or self exploration. Other times may feel more like hard work.
What is an MFT? click me
An MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, requiring an Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, or Clinical Psychology from an accredited university, 3000 intern hours of supervised work experience, and the successful passing of two rigorous licensing exams. MFT’s are not limited to working only with marriages and families. They are licensed psychotherapists who work with individuals, couples, groups, and families using a variety of therapeutic techniques.
Do you take insurance? click me
If you have a PPO plan that reimburses for out of network psychotherapy, I can give you an invoice (called a “superbill”) that you can submit to your insurance and they will reimburse you for part of my fee directly. If you would like the entire cost of therapy to be covered by insurance, contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers. You will be able to have a limited number of sessions with a licensed psychotherapist.
I am currently NOT on panels and do not accept insurance at this time. It has been my experience that using insurance to pay for therapy has several disadvantages for clients and psychotherapists alike. Here are some of the concerns I have about insurance that you may want to take under advisement before you begin therapy:
For clients: Insurance companies normally require a diagnosis in order to reimburse for services. In many cases, they require a diagnosis severe enough to meet something called “medical necessity”, where the mental disorder in question is seriously impairing a person’s daily functioning. This may affect your monthly premium in future. Information about much of the work between a therapist and a client is required in reports to insurance companies which basically means your personal psychological information loses the confidentiality that it deserves.
For therapists: Insurance companies make it difficult for therapists to be reimbursed with untimely and low payments. Long term therapy is usually not covered, and many theoretical orientations that are not cognitive-behavioral and are more relationship and feeling based are not reimbursed. And finally, time that should be spent focusing on client issues and professional consultation is spent on completing insurance company paperwork.
What other languages do you speak? click me
I am fluent in Farsi.
What is your fee? click me
My full, customary fee is currently $155 per 50 minute session. It is my priority to offer effective, expert services to those who need it, and am willing to negotiate a fee that is both practical for you and affordable for me. Discussion and setting of fees will be done during the initial consultation session.
How does psychotherapy work for anxiety specifically? click me
It really depends on the problem. For ANXIETY DISORDERS specifically, I use a mixture of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I like to target anxiety by talking about where it comes from (the root of the issue), what it looks like for you now (the behaviors and thoughts attached to it) and what practical, in the moment techniques to practice. I believe in naturally building resilience to anxiety provoking situations so that you can have your life and freedom back again.
Anxiety Disorders typically respond best to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy used together with Exposure and Response Prevention. I also will weave EMDR into anxiety treatment. Years of practice have brought me to conclude that using a combination of these modalities produces the best results.
What other kinds of problems do you work with? click me
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders and other issues resulting from difficult relationships, life transitions, trauma, or abuse. These include Depression, grief/loss, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Phobias, OCD, problems with intimacy, problems maintaining relationships, problems with boundaries, and vocational dilemmas. I am also very well versed in the issues of the gender variant and LGBTQIA community. I have a particular interest in anxiety and PTSD. I am also bi-cultural, and am interested in the treatment of individuals who are bi-cultural, or are going through issues of assimilating to a new country.
What are your qualifications? click me
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with 22 years of experience in the behavioral field. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UCLA, and my Master’s Degree from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology. I have specialized training in the following modalities:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) through the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI)
- Somatic Experiencing
I have published several articles on various online resources for anxiety treatment, psychotherapy and other mental health issues. I regularly hone my therapeutic skills by keeping up to date with the latest research, therapeutic styles, and theories. I attend trainings and workshops regularly for continuing education. I have worked in a variety of settings treating adults, children, couples, families, and groups.
Where are you located? click me
My office in Los Angeles provides a cozy, warm and welcoming atmosphere. It is close to the intersection of La Cienega and Wilshire, on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and adjacent to Miracle Mile. This office is centrally located and easily accessed by those living in Hollywood, Culver City, Hancock Park, Downtown, Carthay Cirlce and West Los Angeles.
What methods of payment do you take? click me
You are welcomed to pay with cash, check, Venmo, Zelle, and all major credit cards.
What are your hours?: click me
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 AM-8:30 PM
What if I just can’t afford therapy and don’t have insurance? click me
There are a number of low fee/sliding scale clinics in Los Angeles. Your therapist, at these clinics, will most likely be an intern working under the supervision of a licensed therapist. Here Are a few nearby facilities that provide low fee therapy by interns:
- The Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center
- The Maple Center
- Southern California Counseling Center
- Los Angeles LGBT Center
- Airport Marina Counseling Services
- Edelman Mental Health Center
- Saturday Center
For low fee psychiatric and medication services try this website: NeedyMeds