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Frequently Asked Questions

The most important tool you can use to select a therapist is to request a consultation. You
can explore what has brought you to therapy and if the therapist specializes in the area,
you seek support in. This will give you time to ask yourself, how did I feel with this person? Is this someone I can see myself meeting with weekly or bi-weekly. What are the time frames
that I am available for therapy?

How do I choose a therapist?

How long are people in therapy for?

This question really depends on what you are looking to gain out of therapy. Initially
people seek therapy due to a crisis or an implosion of life events. If this is your first time
in therapy my recommendation is weekly sessions. The gradual transition is from weekly
to bi-weekly to monthly. You will often hear me say “The fastest way is slow.”

Do you offer in person sessions?

I truly enjoy seeing people in person. I am currently only seeing patients via telehealth. My plan
is to have an office by the Fall of 2024 in the El Sereno area. However, I will continue with
telehealth sessions.

What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting (BSP) is a modality with an emphasis on the mind body connection. BSP is
experiential and is a framework that supports corrective experiences. The essence of BSP
is to move from the neocortex (logical) part of the brain and drop into the limbic system
and reptilian brain. Hacking into the deeper parts of the brain allows us to tap into the
infinite and abundant resources that we have within our system. I love this modality
because not only is it helpful to mend trauma but it can also be a tool to expand the best
parts of us.

What is your cancellation policy?

To cancel a scheduled session, you need to let me know 24 hours before your scheduled
appointment otherwise you will be charged the full fee of, $165. We will discuss this policy in
our first meeting, and I can clarify any questions you may have.

Do you accept insurance?

I am in network with Aetna and United Health Care.
I can provide a superbill for out-of-network clients. It is your responsibility to contact
your insurance company and inquire if they reimburse for services rendered by out-of-
network providers. Keep in mind that the reimbursement may be partial.

Are there any resources you recommend for people contemplating therapy?

If you are interested in dipping your toes and not ready to start, here are some resources
that may be helpful. The books can also be found on Audible and both authors have
soothing voices. I encourage the use of self-improvement books that have practical skills.
Bilateral sounds/music can also be used as a support during therapy and outside of

  • The Mind-Body Code by Mario Martinez

  •  My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

Somatic Waves Counseling

Thoughts and opinions expressed by Somatic Waves Counseling, A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Inc. are not to be used as medical advice. Engagement with material on this website does not guarantee treatment. A clinical relationship is not established until all informed consent documents are signed. The information provided on this site is not a replacement for the therapeutic relationship in psychotherapy.

Somatic Waves Counseling, A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Inc.

Laura Escobar, LCSW 85556

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