Have you been struggling with thoughts, feelings or beliefs that have been causing distress or interfering with your life? Have you been feeling like you can't prevent uncomfortable or distressing thought or behavioral patterns from happening in your life over and over again? Have you felt like no matter how long it's been, time doesn't "heal all wounds?" Have you been noticing that you can't stop your brain or body (or both) from going into a fight-flight-freeze response when something emotionally distressing happens? Do you find yourself obsessing, ruminating, using substances or something else? Are feelings of fear, anger or sadness interfering with your mood, relationships and/or daily life?
Would you like to reduce how often your emotions take over and consume you in times of distress?
Would you like to stop engaging in behaviors in attempt to relieve distress (such as drinking, other substance use, binge-eating, engaging in obsessive or compulsive behaviors) that often leave you feeling worse?
Do you have an interest in having a better understanding of what is happening in your brain and body during these experiences?
Would you like to more consistently feel like yourself?
Do you have the motivation to understand yourself in ways you never have before?
If substance use is why you may be considering therapy, it is important to know that you do NOT have to commit to abstinence. You will not be required to stop the use of substances and abstinence is not necessary to benefit from therapy.
If nothing you've tried so far has worked or assisted you in making the progress you've desired, maybe it's time to try something new. If you are considering taking the first step toward the journey of self-discovery and internal healing, I'm here to support you every step of the way!
"We repeat what we don’t repair.”
Hi, I"m Carlee!
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma, complex trauma, addiction/substance use disorders and attachment/relationships. I have been practicing as a psychotherapist for over 15 years and have professional training in various psychotherapies and treatment methods that are evidenced-based and effective in treating various symptoms and mental health disorders. I am a certified EMDR therapist and have specialized training in the use of Internal Family Systems (IFS). I have experience with the utilization of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for emotional regulation and distress tolerance, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address core beliefs and mindfulness for grounding and stress reduction..
My therapeutic style is warm, non-judgmental and client-centered. I'm easy to talk to and strive to create a comfortable and safe space for you. I want you to WANT to come to therapy. My intention is for the work we do together to speak for itself by reduce your emotional distress, helps you begin to feel better about yourself and helps you heal from the inside out. Sometimes the thought of starting therapy can increase feelings of fear and/or shame and I'm here to help you learn more about these protective parts of you and work through these experiences.
Internal Family Systems
In individual therapy you have the opportunity to spend an hour or more (based on length of sessions desired) with me where we identify and explore challenges you have been experiencing, the history of these challenges and begin to formulate therapeutic goals. We will actively work toward these goals and will periodically re-evaluate the therapeutic goals as needed/desired.
We will focus on what is important to YOU.
n Couple Therapy, you and your partner have the opportunity to meet for one hour or more (based on length of sessions desired) with me to identify and explore current challenges experienced within the relationship, the history of the challenges experienced within the relationship and begin to formulate therapeutic goals. You and your partner will identify and explore the cycle/"dance" of your relationship, explore the ways in which each partner is emotional triggered/activated by one another and the ways in which the reinforcement of each of your core beliefs are interfering with the ability to effectively communicate with and understand each other.
In Family Therapy, members of the family system (two or more) have the opportunity to meet with me for one hour or more (based on legth of sessions desired) to identify and explore current challenges within the relationship, explore the history of these challenges and begin to formulate therapeutic goals. You and your loved one(s) will receive guidance and education throughout the family therapy process. You and your loved one(s) will have the ability to learn and implement open communication and learn ways to more effectively understand one another.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
When you hear the word “trauma” you may question if this applies to you or your life. You may even say to yourself “I don’t know if I have experienced something traumatic.” Another way of looking at “trauma” is reflecting on if you have experienced adverse life experiences that significantly affected and continue to affect you today. If you have experienced an event or several events that have influenced the way you see yourself, interact with and relate to others or view the world, EMDR therapy may be beneficial.
EMDR therapy can be an effective treatment if you have experienced or are currently experiencing any of the following: anxiety, depression, trauma/adverse life experiences, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder, Bipolar disorder/mood instability or emotional disregulation, grief and loss and/or unhealthy attachments in relationships.
Sometimes, talking about our trauma history can be re-triggering, almost as if we are reliving the experience, which can feel counterproductive. Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that allows for reprocessing of traumatic or distressing experiences without having to express and explore them in detail. EMDR therapy is an 8-phase protocol that provides the necessary steps to identify, activate, reprocess, stabilize and contain. Some of our memories are stored in an area of our brain (limbic system) that make it difficult to respond to our present experiences in healthy and adaptive ways. An example of this would be when we engage in fight-flight-freeze response. Through the reprocessing phases of EMDR therapy, we attempt and often successfully move one or more of these memories to the area of our brain (neocortex) where we are able to more effectively cope with our emotions and make informed decisions about what to do next. Reprocessing past experiences can desensitize them in ways that reduce the distress they cause and the emotional suffering unintentionally created. Sometimes, adverse life experiences that we have encountered at various periods of our lives interfere with the way we experience our lives in both the present and the future. Identifying, exploring and reprocessing these distressing experiences can have a profoundly positive affect on the way we feel, the way we see ourselves and the world around us, the way we perceive others and engage in relationships, as well as provide significant relief from the emotional suffering we have experienced for years.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Internal Family Systems (IFS), which is often referred to as "parts" work, is a therapeutic approach focusing on the identification and exploration of our internal system to work toward reducing internal distress and gaining an increased sense of self. IFS gives us the opportunity to explore the various parts of our internal system that make up who we are and ways we have moved through the world. We learn about who we are, not just what we do or have always done. IFS emphasizes that if we can work toward building relationships with internal parts of ourselves, then we can have increased access to our natural and innate ability for openness, curiosity and compassion. When we have increased access to openness, curiosity and compassion, we can show up for ourselves and the people we love in ways that are connecting and healing. With the use of IFS, we also have the ability to reduce the intensity of protective efforts to begin to heal internal wounds.
If you are interested in scheduling a free phone consultation to discuss your needs or my services, feel free to contact me!
4405 Riverside Drive #106 Burbank, CA, 91505
60-minute session - $225.00 - $250.00
75-minute session - $275.00
90 minute session - $325.00
Current session fees are listed above. I offer a limited amount of reduced fee sessions. If you or someone you know is in need of therapy at this time, please contact me to discuss your needs and my services or so I can help connect you with a therapist or other provider who may be the right fit for your needs.
I am considered an out-of-network provider for insurance. In some cases, if you have an insurance policy (PPO) with out-of-network benefits, your insurance may provide partial reimbursement for therapy. Receipts, often referred to as "superbills," can be provided (as often as requested) to submit to your insurance for partial reimbursement of services. Please contact your insurance carrier to determine your eligibility for reimbursement for outpatient mental health services (billing/procedure code is 90834). Many clients with PPO insurance policies with out of network benefits receive partial reimbursement of 40-60%. I ensure that the receipts you submit contain all required information to submit to your insurance. If desired or if you are new to the process of submitting claims for reimbursement, I can provide support to help you. I cannot guarantee reimbursement in full or in part from your insurance.
GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE:
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You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.
Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises