Our Psychotherapy Treatment Philosophy

There are many different types of psychotherapy treatment and no single approach works best for all individuals. EDTLA therapists  focus on empirically-validated treatments that science demonstrates work. We specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the treatment of eating disorders.

Sessions are most commonly once per week for 55 to 60 minutes (exact length may be dictated by insurance).

Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort between therapist and client to solve the client’s problems and improve functioning. It is important to ensure a comfortable match with your therapist. Research has shown that a successful outcome in psychotherapy is helped by a solid therapeutic alliance.

In our practice, we first assess each client individually so that we can together develop a treatment plan based on current symptoms, goals, and needs. If the therapist doesn’t think that they are able to meet your needs, or you do not feel comfortable with your therapist, we will do our best to provide you with referrals.

We provide individual therapy at the outpatient level. Some problems may require more intensive treatment than we can offer. If we think you need a higher level of care such as intensive outpatient (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP) we will help you with referrals.

Our therapists provide a safe and supportive environment in which feelings and problems can be explored. We work collaboratively with our clients to address current problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may be interfering with daily life and relationships. Our style is active: we provide education to help clients better understand their difficulties as well as strategies and tools to help them function more effectively at work, improve interpersonal relationships, and reduce symptoms.

Our goal is to provide quick relief from uncomfortable symptoms while encouraging lasting behavioral changes to maintain gains and prevent relapse. We aim to empower clients to become their own therapists rather than foster dependency on us. We believe therapy is more productive when we have specific well-defined goals.

As psychologists and marriage and family therapists, we are not physicians (or "medical doctors"); we do not prescribe medications. If we believe that medication would be helpful we will provide a referral to a psychiatrist.

Empirically Validated Treatments

There are many types of therapists who provide counseling. As a clinical psychologist, I am trained in the science of psychology as well as the art of psychotherapy. I utilize treatment techniques that have been scientifically validated through extensive research...

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term psychological treatment based on the idea that how one thinks (cognition), feels (emotion) and behaves (behavior) all interact together. Specifically, one’s thoughts determine one’s feelings and behavior...

Empirical Support

In January, 2004, the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued clinical guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders in England and Wales. The NICE guidelines are strongly based in evidence and are more rigorous than the equivalent United States American Psychiatric Association PGED guidelines...

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