Frequently Asked Questions

This is my first time seeking therapy, WHERE DO I START?

You can start by requesting a free consultation or contacting me via email: vivi@vivivallintherapy.com

Scheduling a consult does not mean you are committing yourself to anything. It is a chance to have your questions answered and get a feel for working together. After our consultation, you can schedule the first session or take as long as you need to decide on next steps.

Considering cost, location and scheduling is important. However, I find that prioritizing working with someone that FEELS right for you is essential and possible. I recommend taking advantage of other free consultations. If we determine I am not the right person for you at this time, I can provide referrals to other wonderful therapists in your area.

WHo do you work with?

I am open to working with anyone who resonates with my approach. I am also committed to serving and celebrating people of color, lgbtqi folks, immigrants, first-generation, healers and activists.

I work with individuals and couples/partnerships.

I work with non-profits, start-ups and corporations who are interested in creating cultures that value wellness and equity.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS AND RATES?

I am available Thursdays & Fridays. No weekends offered at this time. My rates are:

50-minute session $150

90-minute session $180

I value transparency, collaboration and accessibility to mental health services. My rate structure reflects honoring the time, energy and care I bring to my work. It also reflects my education, specialized training and professional licensing.

I provide a limited number of sliding scale slots. This consideration is given for clients who may not be able to afford my rate sustainably but are able to commit to regular, ongoing work together.

Another great option, take a look at my service: Let’s Talk About It. This is an opportunity to gather a small group and learn together about a topic/theme and be able to share cost.

Cancellations made within 24-hours are charged at full-rate.

Do you accept insurance to pay for THERAPY?

I do not accept insurance directly. I can provide a super-bill if your insurance covers out-of-network outpatient services. You can call your insurance provider and inquire about your Outpatient Mental Health Benefits.

CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR professional experience?

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor, license #7156. I have completed more than 3,000 hours of supervised therapy sessions and passed the state ethics and national licensing exam. I'm required to complete continuing education courses each year as part of maintaining my licensure status. Below are other additional credentials:

MA, Counseling (Loyola Marymount University)

MA, Yoga Studies (Loyola Marymount University)

Certified Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator

Certified Child-Parent Psychotherapy Therapist

3-years Generative Somatics Courses (continuing student)

200-hr Yoga Teacher Certification (People’s Yoga)

Trained as a Naturalist (Audubon Center Debs Park)

Can you help my partner/family member/friend?

I am happy to answer your questions about my services, but they have to be the one to make the call for therapy to proceed. Therapy works best when the person is ready and motivated. 

I NEED TO SEE SOMEONE ASAP. WHAT IS THE SOONEST AVAILABLE APPOINTMENT YOU HAVE? 

I am unable to provide emergency response. If you currently feel like you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

You can contact me via my confidential voicemail and email at: 310-844-6705 and email: vivi@vivivallintherapy.com. I return calls and emails within 48hours.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN THERAPY?

Yes! Therapy has been an important part of my healing and growing journey. I’ve had both positive and negative experiences in therapy. These experiences inform my approach to emphasize collaboration, inviting your cultural values and building trust and safety first. I believe in the value and power of therapy because I have experienced it myself! I also know the limitations, which is why I work with you to identify complimentary referrals to other professionals when needed.

HOW DOES TELE-THERAPY WORK?

These are live video sessions via a secure connection. No login/account setup needed, and you can use your phone or computer. During our consultation we can determine if this is the right level of support for you. We can discuss advantages and liability differences. I can offer tele-health sessions to anyone in the state of California.

How do outdoor walking sessions work?

I am currently offering walking sessions in Manhattan Beach. During our consultation we can determine if this is the right level of support for you. We can discuss advantages and liability differences. After the initial consultation, we can determine location.

Rosecrans and Ocean Dr (Manhattan Beach)

Polliwog Park (Manhattan Beach)

What should I wear?

You should come dressed in comfortable clothing and wear shoes for walking.

What about the weather? 

In the case of rain or inclement weather, sessions can be rescheduled. Tele-health sessions also available.

Can anyone participate in outdoor walking therapy sessions?

Most everyone can participate, as long as there are no medical reasons to prevent someone from walking. Even mothers with infants can participate; they can bring their infant in a stroller while they are in session. But, like any other form of exercise, you should consult with a physician before starting. Anyone under the age of 18 years requires parental consent to participate in therapy.

Typical times?

Based upon availability. I have most availability weekday mornings and early afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday.

Is this a cardio workout?

The emphasis is on the therapy, and the walking is a secondary benefit. We walk at your pace. You should not expect an extremely strenuous workout or any sort of personal training.

Is there a bathroom?

All locations will have access to a public bathroom. I will have hand-sanitizer and extra toilet-paper if needed.

Any other questions? Call me at 310-844-6705 or send me a message to learn more about your options.