1:1 ONLINE THERAPY
JUSTIN SUNSERI, LMFT99147
1:1 online therapy interest list
If you're interested in receiving individual therapy from me, can do late night hours and live in California, please email me a sentence about what you would like to work on.
As of this time, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to work with you, so please continue to search for an appropriate provider in the meantime. I wrote this blog article about finding a trauma therapist that may be of use. And there is also the therapist finder through Psychology Today and the Somatic Experiencing website has a list of their providers as well.
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
Talk therapy that includes somatic elements, grounded in the polyvagal theory
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.
Why the odd hours
Simply due to the limitations of my own time. I have a career, family and create lots of free content. So doing a couple of late night therapy sessions is really all I can do. But if you've got the availability, it might be ideal for you too.
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.
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 and will only be offering late night PST hours.
Is working online 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. All of these tools are done through Simple Practice.
Your privacy is essential to the therapeutic process. It's not something I take lightly.
Why online psychotherapy?
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. (Just like me.)
Online therapy considerations
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
Session rate is at the very top of this page
Payment is done automatically after each session through Stripe, using a credit or debit card on file with simple Practice.
I do not take insurance
I do not do sliding scale payments
I can provide you with a super bill upon request
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.