Where are you located?
My office is located at the WaterCourt on the corner of Hampshire Road and Wild Rose.
The address is:
Life Connections Counseling
860 Hampshire Rd., Suite L
Westlake Village, CA 91361
What can I expect at my first session?
At your first session, you will fill out some paperwork, and ask me any questions you may have. Then, I will ask you some questions to get to know you better. Feeling a bit nervous is completely normal at your first session. Most clients tell me they find the hour goes by very quickly. It’s normal for many clients to feel more comfortable after a few sessions.
Can I benefit from counseling?
Like everything else in life, your results equal your investment. If you are motivated and invested in your therapy you will definitely benefit. Reasons to come to counseling can include feeling out of sorts, struggling in relationships, low self-worth, needing support through a major life transition, or to manage symptoms. Counseling can also be beneficial if you need an objective voice to assist in furthering your personal growth.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication by itself, without the proper coping mechanisms, is not enough. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and learn strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How long will I have to be in therapy?
Many clients come in with specific goals and we work together to achieve those goals at a pace they feel comfortable with. Other clients are more vague and achieve their goal of feeling better over time. I will give you my feedback on where I think you are in the process. My hope for you is to be able to use all the skills you have discovered and feel confident to live life on your terms.
How often should I be coming to therapy?
I usually recommend that you come in every week initially. It helps to develop rapport and get your therapy into a flow. After that, every 2 weeks seems to work well. After a time, you could come in once a month for maintenance or to have accountability toward your goals. We’ll work on a plan that makes sense for you.
Am I abnormal because I am coming in to counseling?
NO. Everyone needs support at different times during their lives. There are life events, transitions, or emotions that can feel too big to handle on your own. Counseling is here to help support you through those times, and to help you realize your best life.
What are your rates?
My rates for sessions are as follows:
Individual 50-minute session $145
Couples and Family 50-minute session $150
Sessions that run longer than 50 minutes are charged for additional time pro-rata.
Can I use my insurance to pay for sessions?
I am paneled on Gold Coast Insurance. For all other insurance, I am an out-of-network provider, and am happy to provide a SuperBill each month for you to collect possible reimbursement benefits. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.
While I am on one insurance panel, the vast majority of people that come to see me do not use insurance.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 48 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.
How do I pay?
I accept cash, check, health savings accounts, and all major credit cards as forms of payment.
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have, or call me at 805-444-4968 to schedule your free 15 minute phone consultation. I look forward to hearing from you!