F.A.Q.

Daniel Factor, LMFT

Licensed Psychotherapist

Trauma Specialist | EMDR Certified

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  • Credentials

    • State of California, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, #82033
    • Master Degree in Clinical Psychology (2011) -
      • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Campus  (TCS)
    • Advanced Training and credentials --
      • (2011 - 2013) Interned at Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC)
      • (2012 - 2013) Trauma Training  -  Basic EMDR & Trauma Resiliency Model, Level 1 (SCCC)
      • (2014) Trauma Resiliency Model, Level 2 (TRI)
      • (2015) Certified EMDR  (EMDRIA)
    • Board of Directors (2103 - present) --
      • Los Angeles Chapter of California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (LACAMFT)

     

  • What if I've never been to therapy before?

    Therapy is unlike any other kind of relationship, and so learning how and why this is so, is a very natural place to begin. I have a lot of experience with first time therapy clients -- I also was once a first-time therapy goer myself -- and so I understanding what it's like to wonder and have questions about how 'to do' therapy.  Just know, if you're having questions about this, that's a natural topic for us to begin with.

     

    As you settle in, we will focus on what brings you in right now -- either as an individual or as a couple.

     

    You can share with me whatever you wish according to your readiness to do so, and you can trust that whatever you share will be held in complete privacy following all confidentiality laws and practices that govern my profession.

     

    My own first goal is to earn your trust, by creating a relaxed and welcoming connection with you, so you can feel comfortable in our work together.  As I learn and come to understand you and your goals, I can offer suggestions, along with my reasoning for doing so, but mostly I will follow your lead and be there to support you each step of the way.

  • How does therapy work?

    This is a great question, and a big question.  Long-term research has shown that the most important component of effective therapy is the rapport between the client and the therapist, called the 'therapeutic relationship'.

     

    This is because the vast majority of psychological suffering is rooted in our relationships, beginning even prior to birth while gestating in the womb, and then throughout our lifespan.

     

    Having a kind, self-aware, well informed, and experienced 'therapeutic relationship' is an essential ingredient of a healing & growth process.

     

    But that's not all, long-term research has also shown that effective therapy results from what's innately within the person or couple seeking help.  This is because all of us have certain qualities & capacities within us that lead to positive results. Finding and strengthening your qualities & capacities is a big part of what effective therapy offers.

     

    Knowing all of the above is why I have selected to work with the tool kit that I do, and why I am what is called a 'client centered' therapist rather than adhering or limiting myself to a single method or model.  All the tools I use are focused on fostering and developing you, either as an individual or as a couple.  You can read about this on my APPROACHES page.

  • How long does it take?

    Therapy moves at a pace suited to each unique individual or couple, and given that each person and couple begins, and continues along the way, from wherever they are in life, or due to what ever it is that calls on them to seek out growth & healing work, the length of therapy is highly variable.

     

    Along the way, your awareness of welcomed changes will guide your decision-making.  And while I will always be focused on your goals and be attuned to your progress, you will be the best judge of how this is going, and the best decider in continuing with therapy.

  • How will I know I'm benefiting?

    Progress can be experienced as a calming or relief, feeling more connected, increased trust within yourself, a new sense of enthusiasm, and better functioning relationships.

     

    Progress also comes from increased control over your thought patterns, emotional experiences, or welcomed behavioral adjustments that serve you.

     

    Progress also comes from discovering new ways to respond to external events or people in your life, and certainly the fading of any specific symptoms that have caused you suffering, to name just a few ways you will experience that therapy is working for you.  The measure of progress is always related to where you first begin.

  • What is your fee?

    I have a competitive standard fee for peers of my training and experience, which is $150 for a 50-minute session; longer sessions are an option, and are typically scheduled in advance, and carry an additional per-minute prorated charge based on your fee.

     

    Session frequency is weekly at the beginning, and can increase depending on need and/or progress, and decrease as we transition to complete therapy.

     

    I'm happy to discuss any additional fee & scheduling questions by phone.

  • How about insurance?

    If you plan to use insurance, just know that I am an out-of-network provider.

     

    This means at the end of each month or every two months I will provide you what is called a 'Superbill', which is a statement noting payments you've already made to me, along with all other information required by your insurance carrier for you to submit a claim for reimbursements. Reimbursement will be determined by your insurance provider, according to the details of your specific policy.

     

    Most insurance companies provide Summary of Plan Details on their website, according to each Plan type they offer, and here are some essential questions you may need to find on-line, or ask your insurer:

    • What out-of-network mental health coverage do I have?
    • What is my out-of-network deductible amount?
    • What information or Claim forms do you need me to submit for reimbursement?
    • How are session reimbursements calculated?

     

    If you plan to make use of what benefits to have, I will assist you in how to submit a claim, as well as providing any support along the way needed to complete the process with your insurance carrier.

  • How do I schedule an appointment?

    Scheduling a first appointment is easy to do, and is always done during our first phone chat.  At that time, I'll let you know what available openings I have, and we'll figure out what works best for you.

     

    My office days and hours are:

    • Monday: 8:30am to 3:00pm (2pm last start time)
    • Tuesday: 8:00am to 12:00pm (11am last start time)
    • Wednesday: 8:30am to 3:00pm (2pm last start time)
    • Thursday:  1:00pm to 9:00pm (8pm last start time)
    • Friday: 1:00pm to 9:00pm (8pm last start time)

DANIEL FACTOR, LMFT

10350 Santa Monica Blvd, STE 300

Los Angeles  CA   90025

 

424.653.6429

 

DANIEL FACTOR, LMFT

10350 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 300

Los Angeles  CA   90025

 

424.653.6429

 

DANIEL FACTOR, LMFT

10350 Santa Monica Blvd,

Suite 300

Los Angeles  CA   90025

424.653.6429

DANIEL FACTOR, LMFT

10350 Santa Monica Blvd

Suite 300

Los Angeles  CA   90025

424.653.6429

Daniel Factor

Licensed Psychotherapist

Trauma Specialist

EMDR Certified

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10350 Santa Monica Blvd

Suite 300

Los Angeles  CA   90025

424.653.6429