3171 Los Feliz Blvd   Suite 200-C Los Angeles, California   90039   (818) 770-6147

3171 Los Feliz Blvd   Suite 218  Los Angeles, California   90039   (818) 770-6147

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“Every brain is different. And so must be every course of therapy” – Wendy Walker

It is important to understand that therapy is a process, and naturally will take time. This is because every human being is different, and “one size does not fit all.” For some, long term therapy (which can be more than 1 year) is helpful and that is what they are looking for, which is perfectly fine. Others, short term (approx. less than 1 year) and brief therapy is as effective as long term therapy. My therapy approach tends to be short term solution focused oriented. This is why Jose has chosen to specialize in the following treatment modalities:

EMDR is a specialty type of therapy. Jose is trained in both Level 1 and Level 2 in accordance to EMDRIA standards. EMDR works on decreasing symptoms and behaviors related to traumatic events by reprocessing strong emotions evoked from an event or a strong unpleasant experience. Rather than “talk about it, talk about it and talk about it,” in a safe space, EMDR treatment holds on to a piece of the memory, simply noticing your response to holding onto that memory, involving left-right eye stimulation, working much faster than the talking way (of course talking is permitted, but does not require a lot of talking nor does it require to specifically recall and talk about every detail of the traumatic experience), when other “traditional” talk therapies have failed, EMDR might be helpful. Read more about EMDR here.

*** Because this is a specialized training, make sure to ask your therapists where they received their training. The proper training protocol requires Level 1 (3 days) and Level 2 (3 days) trainings along with 10 consultation hours with a certified EMDR therapists. You can ask your therapist to see certificates (2) if and should be able to supply that to you. More information go to www.emdria.org

It is a form of psychotherapy practice that focuses on modifying our thinking patterns (how we think, our thought patterns)have the potential to influence how we feel (emotional reaction to our perception/thoughts), and what we do (which is the behavior resulting from our thoughts (whether positive or negative thoughts) influencing our emotions, consequently how we behave or act upon.

CBT is educational, collaborative-directive approach. We work on issues during our session, and you are giving “homework” to practice in between sessions in order to actively participate in treatment and changes that you want to make for yourself. Unlike other forms of “talk” therapy, your therapist is actively engaging with you in session, and wants active participation in session from you. It is expected that you will take an active role in your treatment, this means, you have to be willing to make changes in your life.

Through this treatment approach, as your therapist, we work together towards self-acceptance regarding who you are (spirituality, sexual orientation, cultural humility, relationship status {open/close/monogamous/polygamous}, do not need to use labels to discuss acceptance) and do not diminish nor focus on “changing you.” We embrace you and work together to explore different stressors impacting your emotional well being while honoring who you are as a WHOLE person. It is important to remember that your sexuality does not define who you are as an individual; and with that in mind, we focus on everything else about you while appreciating the diversity that humans have to offer to each other and to yourself.

EAP is an employer-sponsored benefit offered to you by your employer. The purpose of EAP is to provide short-term interventions to assist employees with managing life situations (i.e., relationship issues, substance use, social emotional issues) which affects employee performance. EAP services are brief oriented and is not considered long term therapy. An assessment is conducted to evaluate what your needs are; short term interventions are provided, which may include case management (linkage and referral services to community services, parenting classes, long term counseling, substance use treatment and support groups, etc).

In order to use your EAP benefits, please make sure to call your EAP and do the following:

• If you would like to see Jose for counseling, let your EAP know. Your EAP will let you know if I am contracted with them.
• Your EAP will give you an authorization number to provide during your initial appointment.
• Ask your EAP how many sessions you are approved for and what is the expiration timeframe for the authorization

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payment is due at the beginning of each session

Fee for individual session is $120 for 1 therapy hour

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INSURANCE & FEES

Note on EAP’s: you must call your EAP provider and request to see a therapist. Your EAP will provide you with an authorization number. You need this number in order to not be charged for your therapeutic services. Also, keep in mind that for EAP, you should not be charged since it is a service provided by your company.

BENEFITS OF IN-NETWORK/OUT-NETWORK INSURANCE

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

Using your health insurance and trying to understand your benefits can be very confusing. This is why I believe it is important to be transparent with you.

Seeing an “in-network” provider means savings for you. It means that I have agreed to work with your insurance company, submit claims for you, and bill the insurance on your behalf. It is a lot more affordable that seeing an “out of network provider.”

For example, my hourly rate is $120 an hour. I submit claims to your insurance and get reimbursed my contracted rate by insurance company and you only pay your co-pay/coinsurance: $10 per visit (copay/coinsurance vary)

On the other hand, if you are seeing an “out of network” provider, you pay more money (often your insurance only reimburses you a specific low percentage), you submit your own claims and you have to deal with the insurance companies. You will ONLY get reimbursed if you have “out of network benefits”.

For example, my hourly rate is $120 an hour. I provide to you a “superbill” that you submit to your insurance company, and you deal with your insurance period. Your insurance percentage reimbursed to you can vary* anywhere from 40% to 60% of what you paid.

So, you pay therapist $120 an hour, your insurance reimburses you, say 40% (can vary by insurance*) of $120. You only get reimbursed $48, which means you paid for your session a total of $72.

This is a lot more than your “in network” copay of $10

To determine if you have behavioral and/or mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier.

Check your coverage carefully and ask your insurance carrier the following questions:

  • What are my outpatient (office visit) mental health benefits?
  • What is my copay?
  • Do I have coinsurance? Do I have a deductible to meet?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
  • Is Jose Guerra, MA, LMFT an in-network provider with my plan?

Call to make an appointment: 818-770-6147

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NEW-CLIENT INTAKE & REGISTRATION

Before you come in for your first appointment, please click on the Intake arrow below to complete paperwork online. This will save you time and ensure that your session starts on time.

NEW-CLIENT INTAKE & REGISTRATION

Before you come in for your first appointment, please download, fill out and sign the pdf New Patient Intake Forms.Bring these completed, signed forms, when you come for your first appointment. This will save you time and ensure that your treatment starts on time.

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Public Transportation: Conveniently located right off the 5 freeway exit, Los Feliz Blvd. (cross street GlenFeliz and Los Feliz Blvd)

MTA Bus stop right in front of the building (METRO lines 180 and 181)

JOSE GUERRA, MA, LMFT

LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST

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3171 LOS FELIZ BLVD SUITE 200-C

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90039

818-770-6147

213-232-1008 FAX

jose@joseguerramft.com

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CONTACT ME

Public Transportation: Conveniently located right off the 5 freeway exit, Los Feliz Blvd. (cross street GlenFeliz and Los Feliz Blvd)

MTA Bus stop right in front of the building (METRO lines 180 and 181)

JOSE GUERRA, MA, LMFT

LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST

NAVIGATION

3171 LOS FELIZ BLVD SUITE 200-C

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90039

818-770-6147

213-232-1008 FAX

jose@joseguerramft.com

FOLLOW ME