FAQ

Where is your office located?
I work from my home office in North Glendale. There is ample street parking.
 
Please note: Due to the pandemic, in-person sessions are available based on the latest guidance from the CDC and local public health authorities.
Do you do teletherapy?

Yes. I use a HIPAA-compliant Zoom platform for video sessions for anyone who cannot make it in person. I’m also available for phone sessions.

Please note: Due to the pandemic, in-person sessions are available based on the latest guidance from the CDC and local public health authorities.

What are your hours?
I generally work Tuesdays through Fridays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
How long are your sessions?

Sessions are generally 50 minutes.

Sessions involving EMDR therapy may require 90 minutes.

How much do you charge?
My fee is $200 per hour. I do offer a few dedicated sliding scale slots for those who need their fees adjusted.
How do you take payment?

You can pay with cash, a check, or a credit card.

I use a secure online portal that can take single-card payments. You can also store your card number to avoid having to enter it every time.

Do you take insurance? Why or why not?

I don’t accept insurance. Health insurance companies require me to provide a diagnosis, along with information about your sessions (number, dates, frequency, how many sessions a client has had, the dates, length of sessions, etc.).

Insurance companies may also choose to audit my records at any time and make treatment decisions, such as how many sessions you may have and when you are “better” and no longer need my services.

However, I’m happy to provide you with a superbill to submit to your PPO for reimbursement as an out-of-network provider. You can also use your Health Savings Account funds for this service.

How do I set up an initial appointment?

Call or text me at (818) 861-6463. You can also email me at hello@dr-dani.com. I strive to get back to you within one business day. From there, we can schedule your free 20-minute consultation or book your first appointment.

What is your cancellation policy?
Please give me at least 24-hours’ notice to cancel an appointment. If you provide less than 24-hours’ notice, you will incur the full session fee.
 
While this policy may seem harsh, I reserve your appointment time especially for you. I do, however, make exceptions for illness and emergencies – life happens!
What age ranges do you work with?
I work with adults from 18 to 118.
Who do you work with?
I work with women, men, and non-binary humans of all races, ethnicities, sexual identities, spiritual beliefs, and proclivities. If my experience and expertise will be helpful and we seem to click, I’m in!
What do you actually do in sessions with clients?
We talk. We laugh. You may cry; you may not. You determine your goals. During each session, I help you look for unhelpful patterns, set boundaries to help you advocate for your needs, and explore how to help you achieve the life you want to create.
What modalities do you use in your client work?

I use an eclectic approach to therapy. In this way, I can apply tools and techniques congruent with your needs at the time to individualize our work.

Specifically, I integrate the merit- and research-based Psychodynamic, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modalities.

What is your professional training and experience?

I have a B.A. with a double major in Anthropology and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College. I have an M.Ed. in Cross-Cultural Education from National University. I earned a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in community and cultural psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Since earning my doctorate in 2011, I have worked in a psychiatric hospital, community mental health clinics, project-based housing, and private practice. I have additional training in EMDR and CBT for Insomnia.

How long is this going to take? Am I going to be in therapy for the rest of my life?

Of course not. You control your pace. Some clients reach their goals in a few months, while others may have a longer journey.

There is no “right” amount of time – it’s over when you feel like it’s over. (And I’ll always be here if you need to come back!)

Am I restricted to only one session per week?
Nope. During more stressful times, you may feel the need to have two or three sessions per week, and that’s just fine. Alternatively, when you feel things are going well but aren’t yet ready to stop, we might meet every other week for a while. That’s okay, too.
What’s the best television show ever?
Gilmore Girls.
Is cereal soup? Why or why not?
That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with yes, yes it is. Change my mind.
I still have questions. What should I do?

That’s easy! Call me! I look forward to answering whatever questions you still have.

I’m hopeless at physics, though. Please don’t ask me any questions about physics. Or football. I’ll never understand football.