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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
-Aristotle
 

Latest Updates

Your Safety Is My Priority

To support physical distancing efforts, I am offering all sessions via Zoom for the foreseeable future.

Group Openings

I'm currently screening prospective members for new ONLINE Mixed Gender Process Group to meet weekly on Mondays 12:15 - 1:30 pm.

Other Groups Currently Running

  • Tuesdays Mixed Gender Process Group 12-1:30 pm — FULL

  • Wednesdays Women's Group 6-7:15 pm — ON HOLD

 

Services

Individual Therapy

Individual psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship designed to help you make sustainable changes in your life. By sharing your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe, confidential environment, we will work together to build self awareness around emotional, cognitive and behavioral responses, freeing you up to create organic, sustainable change in your life. In addition to general practice, I specialize in addictions, codependency, stage-of-life issues, perinatal mental health, grief, creativity, identity, and work with other clinicians. Individual sessions typically occur weekly during the course of treatment and are 50-minutes long ($225).

Couples & Family Therapy

Couples and family therapy differ from individual therapy in that the partnership or family unit is the client. I approach my work with couples and families using a systemic focus designed to help us understand how you've adapted to one another, what is working, and what has gotten in the way of your connection. Couples and family therapy provides a safe environment to be heard and understood while learning the skills to communicate more effectively and cultivate intimacy. Couples and family therapy sessions typically occur weekly during the course of treatment and are 50-minutes long ($225), though I often recommend extended sessions to begin.

Group Therapy

Group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet together under my guidance to help themselves and one another. Group helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. It can address feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety and enhance self esteem, authenticity, and energy for life. By working with a regular group, my clients see dramatic changes in the quality of their lives and often choose to incorporate group work into their weekly routine for many years. I typically meet individually with prospective group members for 3-4 sessions prior to joining a group which helps to both reduce anxiety and give you a good understanding of how it will work. Group rates range from $65 - $75/week.

See currently available groups & resources to learn about Group Psychotherapy

Caregiver Programs

Since 2015, I have offered "Care of Caregiver" programs to organizations nationwide. These programs are designed for workers who operate in a frontline role as professional caregivers of traumatized populations, including immigration legal workers, healthcare workers, and mental health professionals. Workshops and follow-up services are tailored to the needs of an organization or workplace and address the impact of long-term trauma exposure, vicarious traumatization, and burnout on frontline workers. Participants learns about the neurobiological impact of trauma on the body and brain, how to heal from trauma, and how to create sustainable self-care practices.

See a list of previous Care of Caregiver workshops and programs

 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?


The first step is to submit a request for a new client consultation either on the Contact Page or by emailing me directly at annabel@annabelraymondtherapy.com. In your message be sure to provide me with some basic information about what brings you to therapy as well as a few times/days I can reach you by phone for a brief 10-15 minute phone call. The point of this call is to clarify what you’d like to address in therapy. Then we can look at our calendars together and schedule an appointment and/or I will provide you with referrals to other people or services that might be helpful to you.




How many sessions will it take for me to achieve my goals?


Every situation, individual, couple, family, and every context is different, so there is no one prescribed course of therapy. How much you get out of therapy directly correlates to how much you put into it, and how often or how long you come for before you see a change in your life is different for everyone. My objective is to help you find resources both internally and externally that you can bring to your life outside of the therapy room, allowing you to navigate life’s challenges more effectively. I also aim to help you build healthier relationships so that your support network expands well beyond the 4 walls of the therapy room. All that said, I tend to think Carl Rogers said it best: “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”




Will my confidentiality be maintained?


The simple answer is yes. Therapy is a confidential process. Your visits, your personal information, and everything we talk about is private. Unless you make a written request to have any of your records released, no information about you leaves my office.

All that said, there are legal limitations to confidentiality. These are as follows:
  • State law requires all mental health providers to report suspected child abuse, elder abuse, or dependent abuse or neglect.
  • If you make a serious threat to harm another or yourself, I am legally obligated to report it to the authorities and/or warn the intended victim.
  • In some court proceedings involving child custody and those in which your emotional condition is an important issue, a judge may determine my testimony or your records are required for fair finding.
If you are concerned about confidentiality, please bring it up with me so we can discuss your concerns further.




What if my concerns or problems are outside the scope of what you treat?


For this reason, the assessment process at the beginning is critical. I spend time on the phone initially with my clients to get some sense of their presenting concerns and we use the initial in-person consultation to get to know each other and cover exactly what it is you want to work on.

If we discover that you are wanting to work on something specific that is outside of my scope of treatment, I consider it part of my ethical duty to help connect you with local professionals who can help you. I keep an up-to-date list of quality resources and am happy to provide outside referrals




How do I find the right therapist for me/my relationship/my family?


The most important element in therapy is trust with your therapist. You need to feel comfortable opening up about your life situation. And this is really only something you can determine based on how you feel when you sit face to face with a therapist. The initial phone call can be a useful opportunity to ask questions about a therapist’s training, expertise, and areas of specialty. It can also be a chance to gage more superficially your level of ease in conversing with the therapist but is not a substitute for face-to-face contact.

Finally, having some idea of what you’d like to work on and what you’d like to see different in your life is always helpful to bring to the table. This will allow your prospective therapist to share his or her impressions of how you might collaborate to achieve your goals and allow you to make an informed decision about how to proceed.




How often do I need therapy?


Therapy works best when it’s done weekly or even more often. Especially while we are first building rapport and trust in the therapeutic relationship, I do not recommend planning to come less frequently than once per week to maximize progress toward your goals.




Do you take insurance?


I do not take insurance but am willing to provide you with a monthly receipt called a "superbill" which you can submit to your insurance company to seek partial reimbursement on what you have paid. Many PPOs offer partial coverage for out-of-network services.





 
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About Me

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Group Psychotherapist offering psychotherapy services to individual adults, couples and groups. My office is in Atwater Village in Los Angeles. I also offer services via Telehealth platforms.

 

People come talk to me for different reasons. Some are struggling, some want to develop new approaches to life and relationships, some are grieving, some are in a state of transition, some are trying to move away from an unhealthy dependency, and some just want to grow. Whatever the reason, my aim as a therapist is to help you create a better, more fulfilling life by understanding yourself better.

 

My approach is collaborative and engaged. I try to create a safe, non-judgmental space for your process to unfold. For me, actively joining a client in the exploration, discovery and recovery that takes place in the therapy room is an essential component in building trust and comfort.

 

Clients who seem to benefit the most from my style are those who are willing to prioritize their mental and emotional well-being and growth by engaging in the challenges as much as the comforts that a therapeutic relationship offers. My goal is to help my clients thrive rather than just survive more comfortably.

 

I have a strong foundation in the science of psychology, the study of the brain and its capacity to heal and change (neuroplasticity), and spirituality. My background and training include psychodynamic, existential, feminist/social justice and humanistic theory, group work, family systems, addictions and trauma, sexual orientation and gender identity, adolescence and couples work. My passion for psychology as well as my personal commitment to my own growth, training, and expertise, are all part of my practice.

 

I am always happy to answer any other questions about my background, training, and theoretical foundations at any point in the therapeutic process.

 

My Training & Background

Professional Affiliations

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) 2013-2015

  • Member, Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA), 2012-Present

 

  • Member, American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) 2013-Present

 

  • Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) 2011-Present

 

  • Member, LA-CAMFT, 2015-Present

  • Certified Group Psychotherapist, National Registry of Group Psychotherapists (2015-Present)

  • Adjunct Faculty, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of the West 2013-2015

 

Education

University of Southern California, M.A., Clinical Psychology (MMFT)      May 2010

Northwestern University, B.S., Communication Studies                            June 2001