Why me? Why now?
These are difficult times for many and it’s encouraging to know that more people are feeling comfortable and proud about seeking therapy and prioritizing their mental health. Everyone struggles at some point in their lives and it’s normal to want support and guidance during these struggles. Therapy has a plethora of personal uses that are universal, yet also uniquely individual, including: Navigating life transitions, improving self-confidence, overcoming depression or anxiety, understanding relationships, learning to communicate more effectively, healing from trauma, processing emotions, and even just making time/space to reflect in order live more consciously and practice good mental hygiene.
Many of us spend time replaying past events, imagining future events, and worrying about all of the above. If you want to explore the underlying causes of what's bothering you, come into alignment with yourself, and live in harmony with your deepest true values, then you are an excellent candidate for therapy.
Licensed Psychotherapist Serving California, USA
Margaret is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders. She is trained in EMDR, considered the “gold standard” for trauma treatment, as well as evidence-based methods of therapy that have been shown by research to be most effective. Over her career, Margaret has developed specialty interests in the areas of narcissistic abuse and recovery; complex childhood trauma (CPTSD); burnout and work-related depression/anxiety; pandemic-related problems; and issues faced by busy professionals.
Margaret graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Communication and Minor in Urban Neighborhood Studies. During her undergraduate career, she worked on several psychological studies, including developing a study measuring early links between social media and depression and performing research coding for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in a partnership to explore gender biases and behavior in popular media.
After completing her studies, Margaret applied her psychology and communication expertise to the worlds of business development, marketing, and human resources. While performing analytical work across multiple sectors, she completed a leadership certificate program at Loyola Marymount University and earned her Master’s in Applied Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
Upon completion of her studies in Clinical Psychology, Margaret went on to train and work at the prestigious Coast Psychological Services, Inc. in Los Angeles and now provides services in private practice to meet a diverse and ever-evolving set of needs at BCLSW, Inc., based in downtown Los Angeles. Margaret has appeared as a regular co-host on the psychology-driven KABC radio show “On the Couch with Dr. Liana” and currently serves as a consultant for the mindfulness-based education non-profit Mindful Youth Collaborative (MYC).
TREATMENT APPROACH AND MODALITIES
Every feeling you have, you have for a reason. That’s the basic assumption I make with every client as we non-judgmentally and empathetically unpack their unique reasons for seeking therapy. In addition to being rooted in compassion and connection, my approach is also based in science; from increasing your understanding of your own neurology to utilizing practices that have been shown by research to be most effective, there is a lot of helpful information that will be integrated into your treatment plan and sessions.
We live in an exciting time when a great deal of ancient wisdom, such as the concept of Mindfulness, is being proven by modern medicine to be medically, and psychologically beneficial. I incorporate multiple modalities into my practice because different modalities are more effective for some people than for others. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
AREAS OF DIFFICULTY TREATED
Trauma and Trauma-Related Disorders
Narcissistic Abuse and Recovery
Stress and Burnout
Illness and Illness Anxiety
Professional Stress and Issues
Assertive Communication Training
FEES & INSURANCE OPTIONS
Regular sessions: The cost for a regular 60-minute session is $225
Initial Consultation: The first session is 90 minutes and $300. This longer session will allow us to review assessments and build a foundational understanding of your history and reasons for seeking therapy.
I currently accept Aetna in-network insurance and private-pay.
For out-of-network plans, you will be provided with a superbill upon request. Many insurance plans provide partial reimbursement for therapy, but coverage varies and it is necessary that you contact your insurance provider to fully understand your coverage before beginning therapy.
If you are planning to use insurance to cover your sessions, please contact me to verify your insurance details prior to your first appointment.
If cost is a barrier to therapy at this time and you do not have mental health insurance coverage, I recommend exploring this website, which offers low-cost therapy ranging from $30-$60 per session for individual therapy:
SET UP A CONSULTATION
Mental health and well-being is important to me. I love helping my clients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges, and I get great satisfaction from seeing them heal and thrive. Contact me today to see how I can help you and let’s discuss the wide range of options at your disposal.
(626) 214-8706 / 617 S Olive Street Suite 906 Los Angeles, California 90014