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FAQs

What sets Couples Empowerment apart from other Los-Angeles therapists and LA therapy clinics?

In Couples Empowerment we utilize a powerful combination of strength-based approaches that propel our clients toward their goals and create rapid, dramatic changes in their lives. Individuals and couples seeking our services can expect to see profound results in just a matter of 10 weeks. Our intensive and focused approach is a combination of cognitive integrative psychology, hypnotherapy, and neurolinguistics (NLP). Applied to couples therapy and marriage counseling our structured and tested methodology creates powerful and lasting empowering changes. Our clients report excellent results and great satisfaction following the completion of the work. To see for yourself, check the Testimonials section and give us a call for a free phone consultation.

What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming or Neurolinguistics (NLP)? 

NLP is a methodology of using language and imagery to access deeper layers of our Mind and create profound desirable changes in our Unconscious. Both NLP and hypnotherapy work on or Unconscious (or subconscious) Mind, however, NLP does not require trance. Majority of our “baggage” is stored as unresolved negative emotions and limiting beliefs outside of our conscious awareness. NLP provides us with a key to easily access the deeper layers of our psyche to let go of the old unresolved emotions and negative beliefs, substituting those with new empowering ones.  Change in the programming of our mind dramatically changes the results in our life.

How can I obtain services if I live far from Los Angeles? 

Two options are available to you:

1. Weekend intensives - Weekend intensives are 3 days of intensive work (Fri-Sun), with daily 6-8 hours of psychotherapy. The intensive can also be done in increments of one day per week, for the total of 3 weeks. Clients may pay the hourly rate following each day (~$3500). If paid in full in advance, our clients enjoy the discounted rate of $2700, which is due in full during the first day of our work. 

2. Online therapy - You can enjoy the services we provide from the comfort of your home. Check our "Online Therapy" tab for further details.

How does therapy work?

In Couples Empowerment the therapeutic process is built of 3 Power-Steps (ARC) to create rapid and profound transformation in the lives of our clients: 

Awareness – The first Power-Step is an evaluation that is geared toward gaining awareness and insight into the current situation that brought you in. Here our goal is to understand past and present patterns, and to determine the root cause(s) of current challenges. It is during this step that we also clearly define the ultimate goal for our work together, as well as the evidence procedure, which will show us that our work has been a total success. The Awareness Power-Step is a crucial step that identifies both the problem and the solution. 

Release – The second Power-Step of couples therapy and marriage counseling utilizes NLP and elements of hypnotherapy to help clients let go of the baggage and clear the path toward obtaining their personal goals and desires. Here we release anger, sadness, fear, guilt, shame and hurt, thereby liberating ourselves to live life from a positive perspective. We further let go of past limiting decisions, and old beliefs that no longer serve us. Our values are elicited, explored, reviewed and aligned to match our desired outcome.

Co-Creating – The third and final Power-Step is designed to provide new tools and resources to solidify the gains and establish the trajectory toward one's dreams. During this step we create a solid, sound, and clear pictures of your ideal life, and transform your internal unconscious perspectives to enable the new desired reality to emerge.

How fast will I see the results? 

Although clients come with an array of individual challenges, we expect you to see significant results after first 10 hours of work.

How long does therapy take? 

Individual therapy takes on average 10-15 hours of work, while couples therapy and marriage counseling on average require 20-25 hours. For our clients living in LA area the standard approach is a weekly 2-hour session. For our non-local clients weekend intensives and online therapy is a great option. 

Does Couples Empowerment accept insurance? 

We do not accept insurance, and the fees are due at the time of service. We offer to provide you with a billing statement, which you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. Clients who intend to use their insurance are advised to consult their carrier prior to the initiation of therapy and clarify whether mental health services by out-of-network provider will be fully or partially reimbursed. For further information please visit the "Rates and Insurance" tab.

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?  

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the root cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. 

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

Everything discussed in our sessions will remain confidential. Confidentiality is one of the key components assuring safety of the client and trust within the therapeutic relationship between us. Only you can authorize disclosure of your confidential information to a third party such as a family member, physician, psychiatrist, lawyer, etc. There are few conditions under which the confidentiality will no longer apply and part of the confidential information will be disclosed to assure your own and public safety. These conditions are called "the limits of confidentiality" and are defined by law. State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children and elders. If this information is disclosed in therapy, therapist will be obligated to report it to the authorities, including Child Protection Services and Law Enforcement.

- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person steps will be taken to assure personal safety of the client as well as public safety.