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1:1 ONLINE THERAPY

JUSTIN SUNSERI, LMFT99147

$125/session - private pay only

1:1 ONLINE THERAPY INTEREST LIST

I'm not currently providing therapy services, but will be doing so in the near future.  If you're interested in receiving individual therapy from me and live in California, please email me a sentence about what you would like to work on. 

WHO I CANNOT WORK WITH

Unfortunately, I will not be accepting clients that are suicidal, homicidal, are having psychotic symptoms or I otherwise do not think I can help through online psychotherapy (please refer to the footer for resources).  I also will not be accepting clients that cannot pay the full fee.

HOW I DO

THERAPY

I do what we know works - I focus on the therapeutic relationship and I adapt to the needs of my individual clients.  That means two things:

  • I listen, I validate, I don't judge, I expect and assume the best of my clients, make goals with the client and consistently ask for feedback.

  • I use various techniques based on what the client needs at the current stage of treatment: somatic awareness, in-depth processing, psychoeducation, grounding, looking at thoughts, just being quiet and listening  or even calling you out on your stuff when it's needed.  I adapt.

The techniques I use are always grounded in the polyvagal theory and the state of your nervous system.

 

Therapy is not something that is done to you.  It's a process that is done with you.  We're going to work together and you're absolutely a huge part of the process.  I bring expertise based on training and experience.  And you bring the expertise of your life. 

Feedback is always okay and is regularly asked for.

WORKING TOGETHER

ARE WE A GOOD FIT?

I don't think online therapy is ideal for every potential client.  If you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, I won't be the best therapist for you due to the limits I have.  Likewise, if you think you need crisis counseling and flexible therapist availability, I am not going to be a good fit for you at this time.  I am also currently looking to work only with adults.

To get a feel for me, just listen to the podcast, read the blog or watch one of my YouTube videos!

MY LICENSE

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#99147) in CA, able to work with individuals, families, couples and groups.

WHY ONLY CA?

Each state has laws in place of who can provide therapy and to whom.  Typically, if you provide therapy from one state, you can't do so over state lines to someone in a different state.

WHY ONLINE?

Because it's a really good option for someone who needs after hours sessions - when the kids are asleep and you don't have to take time away from work.

SECURE & CONFIDENTIAL?

Of course!  Every digital tool that I use to interact with you is compliant with the mandates of HIPAA.  This includes the video software, records keeping, billing and more.  

Your privacy is essential to the therapeutic process.  It's not something I take lightly.

  • I can't see your body language

  • Eye contact is a bit off since we're looking at screens and not directly at each other

  • Electronic confidentiality & identity is potentially always compromised even with the best of efforts

  • Connection glitches & tech issues

ONLINE THERAPY LIMITATIONS

PAYMENT
  • $125/session

  • I do not take insurance

  • Payment is done before the session begins

PAYMENT

Each session is $120 and needs to be paid beforehand.  

WHY ONLY CA?

Each state has laws in place of who can provide therapy and to whom.  Typically, if you provide therapy from one state, you can't do so over state lines to someone in a different state.

WHY ONLINE?

Because it's a really good option for someone who needs after hours sessions - when the kids are asleep and you don't have to take time away from work.

A metaphor of how the autonomic circuitry is built in the human body.

Safe & social is in the head & neck.

Flight & fight is in the chest.

Shutdown is in the gut.

THE POLYVAGAL
LADDER