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Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.

The idea of talking to stranger about your problems can be a scary one! Therapy can be incredibly helpful by providing an avenue for you to discuss your challenges with a professional who is trained to listen non-judgmentally. I can provide a different perspective about the challenges you’re having and ease suffering. Therapy might also be helpful if you notice that you’re not functioning as you used to. Perhaps you’re noticing increased irritability, more arguments with your friends and loved ones, difficulty accepting changes in your life, or simply that you’re not enjoying the things you once did. Through assessment, I can help identify problem areas and together, we can discuss your goals to leading a happier life or reducing your current suffering.

Hablas Español?

Si, hablo Español y tengo experiencia en proveer terapia desde el año 2007 con niños, jovenes, familias y adultos. Para mas informacion, por favor llame al (323) 351-1741.

Do you take insurance?

I am an out-of-network provider, therefore I do not take insurance as a source of payment. I can however, provide a receipt for reimbursement. Please discuss with your healthcare provider or health care spending account about reimbursement. I do take Health Care Spending cards and can provide invoices for you to submit.

Can my employer pay for services?

It depends. I am paneled with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Lyra. Ask your human services representative if you have Lyra or if they cover short term therapy for employment related issues. I have experience with having employers pay me for their employees session especially when there are grief, loss, or trauma related stressors due to the work environment. This is a good option for small companies. Session details remain completely confidential (except for mandated reporting reasons), however, your employer does receive an invoice after the session took place for payment purposes only. Did something happen at work that you’re having trouble processing or coping with? Have your employer reach out to me for employer sponsored sessions.

What are your fees?

My fee is $165 per 60 minute therapy session and $200 for intake session over an hour* (One hour evaluation is standard $165 fee). I have limited slots for sliding scale/reduced fee based on need and income.  Please contact me for pricing on consultation sessions. Free 15 minute phone consultation.

What is the expected length of treatment? I’m worried about cost and length of time.

The length of treatment varies for each individual and situation. There is no timeline for the healing process. In my practice, I tend to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is an evidence based practice that has shown effectiveness and relief of symptoms between 18-24 sessions. At the beginning of treatment we will discuss your current problems, along with specific and measurable goals for you, and your budget. During each session, we will discuss your progress and work toward remaining goals.

How do I make an appointment to schedule an evaluation?

You can request an appointment for evaluation by calling me by phone at (323) 351-1741. You can also e-mail me at info@sofiamendozalcsw.com.

(Please note that I will return calls within a four (4) hour time  frame)

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room for assistance.

You can also call 1 (800) 854-7771 for emergency evaluation by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

What payment methods do you take?

I accept cash (via zelle)and  major credit card payments (via my electronic platform or square invoicing) at the beginning of session.

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