10305 Almayo Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Throughout the many years of my clinical and counseling work, as well as in my supervision of psychologists in training, I have emphasized the importance of a broad base of knowledge critically evaluated by sound scientific thinking rather than relying on the latest therapeutic fads and popularized slogans. In my opinion, it is important not only to take a thorough account of the psychological issues but to examine the possible contributions of social, familial, cultural, medical and financial factors as well.
A thorough assessment usually requires two to four 45-minute appointments, after which a treatment plan is worked out in collaboration with the person(s) seeking help. This could involve a range of approaches from short-term, problem-focused behavioral counseling to more extensive, long-term, psychodynamic (psychoanalytically oriented) personality development or some combination of these. In addition to individual work, couples and family modalities are used if necessary. Adjunct therapies such as medical, psychiatric, educational, peer-support groups, etc. are considered when appropriate. I usually recommend an initial consultation to ascertain if my services would be best for an individual. If not, I will assist them in finding more suitable help elsewhere.
I do not participate in any health maintenance organizations or the restricted provider panels of specific insurance carriers. I have found that in many cases, the limitations of coverage and the intrusiveness into patient privacy of such plans interfere with effective treatment. For those plans that allow free choice of provider, my services would be covered up to whatever is specified. Please check with your plan administrator to determine your specific benefits.
Fees can be discussed on the phone or at the time of initial consultation. In some cases, consideration can be given to those whose incomes are severely restricted.
My practice is in full compliance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, as well as the laws and ethical mandates of both the California and New York licensing boards of psychology. In addition, patient privacy will be protected in accordance with the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Detailed written statements concerning the HIPAA regulations as well as my office practice policies are provided at the initial appointment.