Jocelyn Pilling, LCSW | Psychotherapy
1554 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 203 West Los Angeles, CA 90025 | (310) 508-0404
860 Via De La Paz. Suite F3 Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

FAQs

 

  • Is psychotherapy right for me?

    Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing concerns, frustrations or problems with anxiety and depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a change in relationship or a significant transition in work life.  Many seek therapy as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

  • Why do people seek therapy?

    People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.

  • What can I expect in a therapy session?

    A therapy session lasts 50 minutes, sometimes longer if desired. We generally meet once per week, though sometimes greater frequency is needed. During sessions we will talk about what is most important to you. We might discuss long standing concerns or recent apprehensions and frustrations. I will follow your lead about what feels most relevant to explore.

  • What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

    A nested list of items

    A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
    Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
    • Developing skills for improving your relationships
    • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
    • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
    • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
    • Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
    • Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
    • Discovering new ways to solve problems
    • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.

  • What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?

    If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, that isn't a problem. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy your goals may change.

  • Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

    There may be insurance coverage for your therapy sessions. Insurance contracts and policies differ and change regularly. I am considered an "outside provider" since I am not on any insurance panels. Check with your insurance company to see if your coverage has mental health benefits that include coverage for an outside provider.

  • Is therapy confidential?

    In general, the law protects the confidentiality of communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, some exceptions related to harm to self or others exist.

  • How do I get the most out of therapy?

    Approach therapy as a partnership. Therapy is most effective when you're an active participant and share in decision making. Be open and honest. Success with therapy depends on your willingness to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences, and on being open to new insights and ways of doing things. If you're reluctant to talk about certain things because of painful emotions, embarrassment or fears about your therapist's reaction, let your therapist know.
    Make sure you feel comfortable with your therapist. Successful therapy depends on a good relationship between you and a therapist you trust. Talk to your therapist if any part of your therapy troubles you. If you're still uncomfortable, consider finding another therapist with whom you feel more at ease.

 

"Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing…." – Maya Angelou

 Fees & Session Information

FEES

$150 per 50 minute session for individuals. Longer sessions available


$175 per 50 minute session for couples. Longer sessions available

SLIDING SCALE

A reduced fee is available based on financial need.

SATURDAY APPOINTMENTS

I am available to see clients on Saturdays.

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

Cash or Check

CANCELLATION POLICY

48 hours advance notice of a cancellation is necessary to avoid the cost of the scheduled appointment.

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310-508-0404


  • Jocelyn K Pilling, LCSW
    License #24803
  • Specialties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Marriage/
    Relationship Counseling
  • Divorce
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • PTSD