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Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Therapy Work?

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the qualifications of my therapist?
  2. How long does a session last?
  3. Do you accept insurance?
  4. What hours are available?
  5. Does Marriage Therapy really work?
  6. How often and for how long should I do Therapy?

What are the qualifications of my therapist?

Every therapist at South Bay Therapy Center is a master’s level therapist licensed by the state of California. To be licensed by the state of California they have completed master’s level course work as well as an extensive practicum where they acquire experience in therapy under the supervision of professors and supervisors. They must pass the state exam for competency and work under supervision for at least two years in the field before receiving a clinical licensure.

How long does a session last?

Sessions are generally 50 to 55 minutes with the last 5 to 10 minutes of the hour utilized to complete notes and necessary paperwork.

Do you accept insurance?

We accept most kinds of insurance. We will call and confirm your benefits, submit claims, and follow up on claims until they are completed.

What hours are available?

There are therapist available 8:00 am to 8:00 pm 5 days a week and sessions available on Saturdays by appointment.

Marriage Counseling: Does it work?

We are happy to report that YES, Marriage therapy DOES work! Studies conducted by the AAMFT have suggested that clients from 526 Marriage and Family Therapists in 15 different states have unanimously reported a high degree of satisfaction from their participation in Marriage and Family Therapy. For Instance:

  • 94.3% said that they would return to the same therapist in the future.
  • 98.1% of those surveyed rated the services they received as excellent.
  • 97.1% reported that they had gotten the kind of help they desired from a Marriage and Family Therapist.

In our experience at South Bay Therapy Center, Marriage Counseling can be a powerful tool for understanding how and why our relationships work the way they do, and what we can do to improve them!

How often and for how long should I do Therapy?

In general, our clients attend an average of 8-10 sessions.

All clients progress at different rates however, and people’s goals in therapy are not always the same from person to person, or family to family. Several factors influence how long therapy lasts, including the number and complexity of issues; level of commitment and motivation to making a change; and decisions about what specifically you want to accomplish in your time here.

Our intention is to help people develop and utilize their own skills and knowledge so that in the long run therapy isn’t necessary anymore!

While some programs stretch out therapy in order to keep a high case load, our intent is to be goal oriented and brief, with targeted strategies for getting important life goals accomplished for our clients.

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