i've never been in therapy. where do i start?

Start by contacting us for a free consultation.

If you're considering therapy, you're probably already overwhelmed. It doesn't help that all the options online seem to blend together. Maybe you're the type who likes to research your options. Or maybe you just want to pick someone and get started. How do you decide on someone to share your hopes and insecurities with?

Most therapists offer a free consultation - take us up on this offer! It can be tempting to just pick whoever is the closest, least expensive, or most convenient for your schedule. But what if you show up and the person is weird?? (And not in the good way.)

Finding the right therapist can make all the difference. That's one of the reasons why we offer a free consultation. We only take on clients we know we can help. If we're not a fit, we can connect you with someone who is. No biggie!

 

What are your hours and rates?

$150-180 for 50-minute one-on-one sessions.

$220 for 75-minute couples sessions.

Appointments are available Mondays through Saturdays.

Reduced-rate spots are reserved for people in the transgender and nonbinary communities who are under-employed or unemployed.

When you book an appointment, you will be asked to list a credit card on file. All payments are due on the day of your session by charging this card. Sessions cancelled within 48 hours of the session time are subject to the full session fee.

Prospect Therapy clients have access to an online client portal, where you can see available appointment times and reschedule at your convenience.

 

Can I use insurance to pay for therapy?

Depends on your plan!

Many insurance plans provide out-of-network mental health coverage. That means you may be able to submit your therapy receipts to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. Here is a handy 1-page script on what to ask your insurance company. 

You also have the option to not use your insurance. We and our clients benefit from the freedom to work on issues as they present and not have to meet the demands of managed care, diagnosis requirements, and limits on sessions.

Prospect Therapy is not an in-network provider with any insurance companies.

How does tele-therapy work?

These are live video sessions (kind of like Skype) via a secure connection. No login/account setup needed, and you can use your phone or computer. Just click and we can get started!

Some clients prefer to meet virtually so they can skip the drive and maximize their time, or because they don’t live near our office. As long as you’re in California, this is an option for you.

 

CAN you help my friend/partner/coworker/child?

Therapy works best when the person is motivated. If they are not interested in picking up the phone, chances are, they won't get much out of therapy. We can always recommend a professional who works specifically in areas that we don't specialize in, but it is generally up to that person to make the call. 

 

I need to see someone ASAP. What is the soonest available appointment you have? 

We are unable to provide crisis/emergency response. If you feel you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800) 273-8255.

The quickest way to get in touch with us is by calling (562) 704-4736. We return calls within 48 hours and all voicemails are checked only by Prospect Therapy employees.

 

Have you ever been in therapy?

Yes! We know firsthand what it feels like to sit in that chair.

One of the reasons we believe so strongly in the process of therapy is because we know it works. All of us have been fortunate to have had a great working relationship with our own therapists, and we also know that the wrong fit makes progress much harder.

 

What do you mean by solution-focused therapy?

The short answer is that it means we focus on what you want out of life. We focus on your goals and what you can do, starting today, in order to meet them. Of course, some of your choices and experiences from the past play a big part in how you solve problems - it's not like we can't talk about them! But we find that clients are most successful when they learn what they can from their past and use it to move forward. 

While it can be an uncomfortable process at times, you should be able to tell if therapy is working. What will signal to you that you're "getting better"? Enjoying better quality sleep? Going two weeks without snapping at your partner? Having the energy to make (and keep) plans with your friends? Mapping these goals early helps keep us both accountable, and ensures you are getting the most out of your sessions. 

 

What is LGBTQ+ affirming therapy? 

Affirming therapy means more than taking a positive approach to people's identities, respecting pronouns, or simply being "LGBT-friendly." Affirming therapy considers the effects of internalized and institutionalized homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia as well as heterosexism on a person's psychology and relationships. It means understanding that aggression toward LGBTQ+ people takes many forms, occurs every day, and can influence our mental wellbeing. As affirming clinicians, we understand and counteract the privileges we hold not only in session, but in everyday life, even while identifying as part of the queer community. We stay current through regular consultation, training, and being an active member of our communities, to make sure that we provide the best possible care.

One way we continue to support our mission for access to inclusive and affirming services for all identities is in partnership with Building Allies, which provides training and consultation for corporations, agencies, mental health professionals, and other groups. Building Allies works to educate and empower cisgender individuals to become active-allies for the trans and gender-nonconforming communities. 

 

can you tell me more about your Training and experience?

A licensed therapist or counselor has completed a master’s degree, thousands of hours of supervised therapy sessions, and passed all state-required licensing exams. They also receive continuing education and training each year in order to maintain their licensure.

A pre-licensed therapist or counselor has completed a master’s degree, and hundreds of hours of supervised therapy sessions. They are required to continue getting supervision from a licensed therapist or counselor until they have passed their licensing exam. This does not mean that a supervisor is in your session with you. It means that a pre-licensed therapist reviews their cases on a weekly basis with a licensed clinician, who ensures they are providing quality care.

Your therapist can tell you more about their individual education, clinical experience, training, and specialization when you meet.

 

Any other questions? Call us at (562) 704-4736 or send us a message to learn more about your options.