Our approach is to provide “Inclusive Client-Centered Therapy” to all people, and yes, we mean it. With that said, we see young adults, adults, and couples who have emotional or behavioral struggles. We also see people who want to improve their lives in the areas of school, work/business, and/or relationships. Our therapists and support staff take great pride in delivering unique client-centered customer services that honor and support cultural identities.
Great question! We define culture broadly to include all the parts of a person’s identity and community. This includes race and ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, size, gender, etc. These are all important parts of who we are and they intersect in unique ways for each of us. At ICCS we pride ourselves on being culturally inclusive and believe this sets us apart from other practices.
We provide therapy for individuals, groups, and couples. We do assessments for young adults and adults. We offer consultation and coaching for individuals who need expert input. We provide speakers for meetings and organizations through our consulting services. We also provide educational workshops on topics such as increasing sexual pleasure, how to talk to your children about sex, and maintaining a satisfying sex life with chronic illness. If you would like to host a workshop on a particular topic, please do not hesitate to ask!
Our inclusiveness philosophy aims at assisting people from a wide range of backgrounds to cope with their current life issues and make steps towards advancing to a place of increased self-awareness and peace.
We are so glad you are asking this! Sex therapy is like therapy for any other issue, but related to a sexual topic, such as erectile dysfunction, sexual desire and drive, relationship difficulties, body image during sex, and many more. Many times, education and learning that you are more normal than you thought is helpful all on its own! Sex therapy can mean many different things depending on who is providing it, but as psychologists, we apply psychological science to assist you in changing your perspectives, behaviors, and attitudes about sexuality in ways that support your goals and enhance the quality of your life. Sex therapy is NOT engaging in any type of sexual behavior with your provider.
We don’t feel competitive with other practices because we believe our unique philosophy of inclusiveness and value of diverse identities and life experiences sets us apart in the eyes of prospective clients. We know that psychology really does enhance people’s lives when we embrace the diverse life contexts in which we live, exist, experience joy, and feel deep sorrow. We know this because evidenced-based research on therapy outcomes confirms this fact. Therapy, assessment, and consultation services can be life changing and improve the quality of life for many people. We have seen it happen over and over again and feel honored that clients have trusted us to share in on their personal journeys.
The other thing that makes our practice different from the others is that we strive to provide a boutique experience from the time a person first enters our office. There is ample parking near our office including disabled parking close to the main door of the building, a coffee/drink station, comfortable and private waiting area with wifi and working space, and kind welcoming receptionists to greet you. The whole place feels positive and safe.
There are at least four ways to find the right therapist match for you or a loved one. First, we would encourage you to ask around. Ask friends who have seen therapists, people who know what is going on in the community, spiritual leaders, guidance counselors, teachers, co-workers, and others. When you hear the same name more than once, there’s a good chance that therapist may be a good option for you. Second, check out the bios on our website (link to bios here). Most practices, including ours, have short bios of the therapists that describe their education, training, and specialty areas. See who seems to match your needs the best. Third, if you are not sure, you can always call our office, describe your situation briefly, and our staff will make recommendations to you. They know our therapists and have a good sense of who might fit you best. Finally, we offer a free initial phone consultation where you can get a sense of the therapist’s personality and style with no cost and no commitment.
We are out of network on all insurance. That doesn’t mean that your insurance won’t cover some of your expenses at ICCS. ICCS is an out-of-network provider, which means we are not on insurance panels. Upon request, we can generate a monthly statement that you can forward to your insurance company if you have insurance coverage and would like to seek reimbursement. Many health insurance plans will reimburse for treatment provided by a licensed psychologist. Depending on your insurance coverage, your out of pocket cost may be comparable to an in-network provider, since we do not charge copays. However, plans vary widely, and you are responsible for determining what insurance benefits you receive and obtaining reimbursement. In some cases you can ask your insurance for a “single case exception,” explaining why you are unable to find another clinician with our same skills and abilities in your area, and they may be able to cover the treatment. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
In other words – you show up – you pay your bill – you file documentation with your insurance company – they send you a refund in whatever amount they cover.
We are open Monday-Saturday. You must make an appointment to be seen. To make an appointment, please use the appointment request link at the top of this page or call us at 310.594.9605.
No problem! We ask that you contact us 24 hours in advance to cancel.
Ah, the big question! We really wish that good care didn’t depend upon finances. Then again, we really like making a living and taking good care of ourselves so that we can be there for you. Here’s the deal. Every psychologist in the office is technically a private contractor, meaning they work for themselves. They set their own hours. They set they own prices. So, every clinician has a different fee per hour for therapy. These fees may change a bit if you need a little more or a little less than an hour. Typically, an initial assessment is 90 minutes long and after that, most sessions are 60 minutes. Couples sessions will always be 90 minutes. The cost for sessions may range from $200-350 depending the provider, length of session, and services provided, which of course is based on your needs and preferences. Talk to our staff and ask questions! Good mental health is priceless. If money is a concern, be honest with our intake coordinators and with your therapist. It may be that you can work something out with the timing or spacing of your appointments or we refer you to a good therapist who works on a sliding scale.