For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 323 422 2036
Is Psychotherapy Confidential? All communications are kept in strict confidence between my client and me. Exceptions to this rule come if it is necessary for me to speak with another professional who is currently treating you, or who has previously treated you. Or, if I need to speak with someone who has a relationship to you, whom you and I feel may be beneficial to the therapeutic process. Before I make contact with anyone, you are given a written authorization to sign, which after obtaining your signature then allows me to discuss information about your treatment with the designated person.
Please refer to the Privacy and Policy Section for situations where I am legally and ethically bound to break confidentiality. ---
How Long does treatment last? There is no standardized window of time that a person remains in therapy. With some clients, Brief Therapy which is a Solution-Focused modality is used, and sessions can run as quickly as six to ten sessions. With other clients who struggle with more complicated and deeper-seated challenges, or for those who simply feel they need more time to work out various avenues of their life, these therapies may continue until the client feels they no longer need services.
In any case, you and I will collaborate on the appropriate length that is suitable.
Can I get a Letter for my dog to become a Service Animal or Therapy Dog? Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) there are specific criteria that come with certifying animals. Included below, are links that designate these criteria in the (ADA) and the House and Urban Development policy on Service/Emotional Support Animals:
Clients who obtain 'service dogs' for purposes stated in the ADA information above must satisfy legal requirements, such as, establishing a need or mental 'disability' that would require the animal to be in immediate proximity to assist you (i.e., medication reminder, seizure, panic).
As to the idea of a 'therapy dog,' or emotional support animal (ESA) these animals must be with the owner at all times, and not left at home. This is what makes these animals therapeutic. By the same token, if you have a dog who struggles with separation anxiety or barks incessantly if you are not there- the law is not written for them or for purposes of you bringing them with you so as to assuage any damage to the home or with neighborly relations.*
Please understand that you could be held for fraud by your HOA or landlord if you are attempting to 'certify' your pet without legal reasons as stated in the ADA. And for this reason, without meeting ADA requirements, (specific dog training), I will not agree to assist any client or potential client who seeks a letter merely to get their pet into a lease agreement, as that is fraud.*
If requirements are met I will assist you.
If not, my typical recommendation is for the client to choose to live in a place that will accept their pet and suggest that they pay the pet deposit, transparently, honestly, and fully.
Traveling Pets: Please understand that pets that have no training and are brought into train transportation, into airports, onto airplanes, or are brought onto larger boats go into distress. The sounds, smells, and energies may cause undue duress in your pet (and if it’s a dog) they may likely bite, urinate, deficate, or vomit out of distress. Be responsible and do not put them through these harrowing experiences. Plan more time for your trip and drive when possible. We all know how difficult it is to travel from airplane cabin pressure discomfort to angry passengers. Your pet needs your protection and foresight.
Above, in the last link titled, "Fake Credentials" the information is about just that. This link will serve to assist you so as not to get scammed by a company that "certifies," because they do not exist.
Pets in Session Dogs who are pets are unfortunately no longer permitted in the common office space (as of summer 2019, due to one nervous pup who snapped out at others). Animals who are relegated as support staff to their human are permitted on leash. ---
What is Kristin's availability for emergencies? You may leave a message for me at any time on my confidential voicemail at 323 422 2036, I check it throughout the day. If you wish for me to return your call, please be sure to leave your name, phone number and time that you called, along with a brief message concerning the nature of your call. Non-urgent phone calls are returned during normal workdays (Tuesday through Saturday) within 24 hours. If you have an urgent need to speak with me, please indicate so.
Kristin F. Jones℠ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #92360 3611 Seneca Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca, 90039.