Find an Individual Therapist in Los Angeles & All California
Can Modern Intimacy Help Me with An Individual Therapist in Los Angeles?
Yes. The team of therapists in Los Angeles have varying levels of education, experience and specialization. Finding the right therapist is essential, as research shows that the quality of the relationship between a client and therapist plays a large role in treatment outcomes. Our team is dedicated to helping you get the help you want and need.
Modern Intimacy employs Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and some unlicensed clinicians, who are working under the supervision of a licensed member of our team.
Our Founder, Dr. Kate Balestrieri, has hand-selected the Modern Intimacy team of professionals and everyone associated with Modern Intimacy has evidence-based training and skills to support you in your growth and healing.
Meet our Sex Therapists, Couples Therapists and Psychologists in Los Angeles
Dr. Kate Balestrieri
Certified Sex Therapist
PACT III Therapist
Elena Bahar, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Evan Ganick, ACSW
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Are Sessions Held In Person or Virtually?
At present, all of our therapists are conducting therapy sessions virtually, via Telehealth. Since transitioning to 100% Telehealth services at the height of the pandemic, we have found that virtual therapy sessions tend to provide our clients with the same quality of care as in-person sessions, with an added convenience.
At Modern Intimacy, we use a secure, HIPAA compliant Telehealth platform where you can connect with a therapist virtually via video. With Telehealth, many patients find more flexibility with their schedules and comfort to attend therapy sessions at home or any other private space.
Convenient, automatic reminders and calendar invites make it easy to remember your appointment time.
Free 30-Minute Consultation
Teletherapy Service Available
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What Areas of Speciality do Modern Intimacy Therapists Focus On?
Finding a therapist that is right for your goals and needs can be a daunting process. We have years of experience and training to help people with many different concerns, related to mental health issues, individual and couples therapy, family therapy, relationships, and sexuality. Some of our core focus areas include, but are not limited to:
- Trauma and PTSD
- Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors
- Compulsive Sexual Behavior or Porn Use
- Bipolar Disorder
- Substance Abuse
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Relationship Issues
- Stress Management
- Body Image + Self Esteem
- Grief Counseling
- Life Transitions
- Retroactive Jealousy
- Developing Healthy Coping Skills
- Opening Up Your Relationship/Alternative Lifestyles
- LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
- Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety & More)
- Holistic Living
- Betrayal Trauma + Infidelity
What is the Process of Starting Therapy Like?
If you’re a therapy first-timer, it’s likely you have some questions about the process of working with a therapist. Here are a few steps to help you feel prepared throughout the process with our practice.
First, we recommend scheduling a free 30-minute phone consultation with our Intake Specialist. This initial consultation is a complimentary, private phone call or video session, where we will gather more information from you about what is bringing you to therapy, what goals you’d like to achieve, and any other relevant background that is helpful in assessing which therapist at our practice is the best match. You can also use this time to ask questions about our services, available therapists, service rates, how to process super bills, and anything else on your mind.
Second, we will align you with a therapist on our staff who has the training, credentials, and areas of speciality that match with what you’re looking for support with. Our Intake Specialist will provide a few times the therapist is available for a first session and schedule you for a consultation or session with that therapist.
Third, we will send you a link to register a secure client portal with our secure Telehealth platform. Within the portal, you will receive requisite intake forms to get started on before the session begins. You will receive a unique link via email prior to each scheduled session with your therapist.
Fourth, you will meet with your therapist for a first session. During the first session, you can expect to give your therapist some background on your life, mental health and sexual health history, relational and family history, and anything else that is helpful for your therapist to know in order to provide the best care.
What Styles of Therapy do Modern Intimacy Therapists Use in Sessions?
Therapy sessions usually occur weekly, but Modern Intimacy therapists are happy to accommodate whatever frequency works best for your schedule and resources. It can feel intense to share your entire life with someone you are just meeting, but many people find that sharing with their therapist feels more comfortable as time goes on.
While we do not prescribe medication, our team works with several psychiatrists locally, who we refer to for your medication evaluation and management needs.
Modern Intimacy’s California-based therapists commonly take a mind-body holistic approach, including but not limited to the following modalities:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Therapies
- Somatic/Body Based Therapies
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Sex Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Trauma Informed
- Attachment Theory
- Solution Focused Therapy
- LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapy
- Affect Regulation Theory
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga
- Polyvagal Therapy
Are Modern Intimacy Therapists Trauma Informed?
Yes. All Modern Intimacy therapists understand the impact all kinds of trauma can have on individuals’ and couples’ lives and relationships. Modern Intimacy recognizes that trauma can come in many forms and plays a unique role and affects people differently. That belief is applied in our ethos and how our therapists go about conducting therapy and understanding our clients.
If you’re not sure what it means for a therapist to be trauma informed, it simply refers to practitioners who understand that most, if not all, of the patients they work with will have some level of trauma and that trauma should be considered when providing therapeutic treatment.
Working with a trauma informed therapist can be incredibly helpful for people who aren’t aware they have experienced traumatic situations or that the symptoms they are experiencing are linked to a history of trauma. It can also help to avoid potential retraumatization.
How Much Does Individual Therapy Cost? Does Modern Intimacy Accept Insurance?
Rates vary depending on the therapist’s level of education and experience. Because we have a range of clinicians on our team, there are many options to choose from, to accommodate your resources.
Modern Intimacy is not in-network with any insurance companies. If your insurance plan offers an out-of-network reimbursement, we can provide a super bill, which you can send to your provider for potential reimbursement. Eligibility, requirements, and rates vary so please contact your insurance provider directly for more detailed information about your plan’s out of network benefits.
On occasion, we do have sliding scale spots open for those who need financial assistance. Sliding scale spots tend to fill up fast, but feel free to give us a call if you’d like to inquire about the availability for a reduced rate.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our rates and super bills.
How Can I Book an Appointment/Consultation?
If you feel ready to get started, but still have a few questions, feel free to reach out. We offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation where our Intake Specialist can learn more about your goals, answer any questions or concerns you might have, and align you with the therapist who is the best fit for your needs.
If you’re looking for couples counseling or group therapy, feel free to connect with us about that too. We have many options to fit each clients needs.