Frequently Asked Questions

How are you responding to COVID-19 restrictions?

In accordance with CA guidelines, I am only seeing clients remotely via video at this time. I'm consulting with the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences and the CA Association of Marriage & Family Therapists to determine at what point I will be able to see clients in my office. 

This decision will be driven by community safety over all other factors. 

Are you taking on new clients at this time?

Yes, I am taking on new clients remotely via video while the current safety protocols remain active. If you're not sure about trying therapy online, you are welcome to set up a brief video consultation with me at no charge so you can experience for yourself what it feels like. 

Do you usually offer video sessions?

I've been providing therapy remotely since 2015, and I previously worked with the online therapy organization Lyra Health. I have seen wonderful results come from meeting this way, and research supports the effectiveness of meeting remotely. 

 

How do I make an appointment?

The best way to schedule is online. You can instantly see our up-to-date current availability, view your options and schedule at a time that’s most convenient for you. You can also makes changes to existing appointments through the platform. 

What are your office hours?

Mondays through Thursdays from 1:00pm – 8:00pm

Where is the office located?

7083 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Where do I park?

There’s parking in the structure behind the building, metered parking in around the building and free parking on nearby side streets (be sure to read the signs).

What can I expect in the first session?

We are just going to talk. No forms, no questionnaires—you’re simply going to discuss where you are right now, how you got here and where you want to go from here.

No forms? Really?

Don’t get too excited. I'll send you documents to complete prior to your next session. This includes required consents for treatment and some details about your history, all of which are completed online.

How do I pay?

All clients have a credit card on file, which is billed within 24 hours of each appointment. You can instead pay at the beginning of your appointment as you walk in by cash or check made out to Therapy for Results.

How often do we meet after that?

Meeting consistently is essential for effective therapy. Sessions are generally scheduled weekly. Ideally, we will arrange to meet the same day/time each week—this will be your time

How long is a typical session?

Weekly sessions are generally 50 minutes. More frequent, longer sessions and phone check-ins are sometimes warranted—all of which can be discussed.

What is your cancellation policy?

I am a stickler about this, so here is the formal language from my consent forms. 

“You will be charged for all scheduled appointments unless you provide 24-hour’s notice of cancellation or rescheduling. Missed appointments or late cancellations (with fewer than 24-hours notice) for any reason are charged in full.” 

How do you work with clients?

The formal answer to this is “I work from what’s known as Strengths-Based, Existential and Postmodern perspective.” In plain English: we talk one human to another about what it is to live in this ever-changing world. In those conversations, you rediscover your strengths, which are the tools you use to reach your goals.

Do you take insurance?

I am considered an “out-of-network” provider. This means that I don't bill through insurance companies or submit claims on your behalf.

Instead, you pay me directly at time of service and then seek potential reimbursement from your insurance provider later. I provide statements at the beginning of each month that include all of the information that most insurance companies require for reimbursement. I highly recommend checking with your insurance company to find out what any reimbursement might look like prior to beginning sessions. 

Is therapy tax deductible?

Therapy for a diagnosable condition (e.g. anxiety and depression) can potentially be a “medical expense itemized deduction.” (Consult a tax advisor to explore this option.)

Are you going to make me cry?

I'm not going to “make you" do anything. Truth is though, we don’t have that many places to let it all out. Sometimes, therapy involves tears; we can just agree it’s an involuntary allergic reaction to your feelings.

Do I have to lie on a couch?

“Have to?” No. Do you want to? You can try it, but most people just sit.

Invest in Your Future

Damon Dodge, Licensed Marriage + Family Therapist (MFT 99912)

damondodge@therapyforresults.com | (323) 332-1325 | 7083 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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