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- What does it mean that you are strength-based therapists?
- Many therapists approach treatment from a deficit-oriented perspective, which stems from a foundational belief that you are somehow broken and in need of fixing. As strength-based therapists, we believe that all of our clients are brimming with resiliencies, skills, and strengths. Our job is to provide tools and support to help you build on your strengths to overcome the challenges and problems you face.
- Will you give me advice?
- People often think that therapists give advice, but we very rarely tell our clients what to do. We believe changes are more likely to last if you decide to make them for yourself. In the first few sessions, you will work collaboratively with your therapist to develop goals to work on throughout therapy. As you meet for weekly sessions with your therapist, they may make observations about things that don’t seem to be working well, or suggest things that might help you meet your goals. However, your therapist will rarely give direct advice, and will never tell you whether you should leave a relationship or a job. While your therapist can help you to gain insight about your feelings and understand the pros and cons of a situation, only you can make those kinds of decisions.
- Will you think I’m weird?
- Probably not – our therapists have worked with a lot of different kinds of people, and open-mindedness is a key value at Through the Woods Therapy Center. The owner, Jennie Steinberg, often says that if you’re not hurting anyone and you feel good on the inside, you’re probably doing okay. Beyond that, it’s more about finding a way to be true to yourself. If your therapist discovers – either in the initial phone call or during the time they’re working with you – that they’re not able to help you with your needs, we’ll refer you to some people who might be better able to help.
- Where is your office located?
- We are in Downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of 7th Street and Figueroa. The building is directly above the red line metro station. Your therapist will provide you with more information about our office location and parking suggestions prior to your first session.
- How often are sessions?
- With new clients, we always schedule weekly sessions. Any less frequently, and it’s difficulty to maintain momentum while you and your therapist are in the process of getting to know each other. In rare circumstances, you and your therapist may decide after a few months that it would be better for you to come to therapy every other week.
- What are your rates and hours?
- Our licensed therapists charge $180 for a 50 minute therapy session. Our pre-licensed therapists have a limited number of spots available at slightly reduced rates.
- All payments are due at the end of each session, and we accept cash, checks, and credit cards. We have appointments available 7 days per week.
- Do you take insurance?
- While we are not in-network providers with any insurance companies, many insurance plans provide out-of-network mental health coverage. We can provide a monthly statement which you may be able to submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. Here is a guide to help you determine if your plan provides this coverage. Additionally, if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or “flex account” through your employer, you may be able to receive reimbursement from that account.
- How can I make an appointment?
- Prior to your first session, we like to speak to new clients on the phone for 10-20 minutes to make sure it’s a good fit. You can schedule this phone consultation by calling us at 213-212-3093 or contacting us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also click here to reserve your phone consultation online, and one of our therapists will call you at the scheduled time.