PSYCHOTHERAPY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Our Services

As dedicated psychotherapists, we utilize eclectic psychotherapeutic methods and modalities that are custom fit to each individual client and group. We offer a full range of mental health services in English and Spanish throughout Southern California.

We work closely with attorneys and their staff by offering support and collaboration on legal matters that require mental health expertise, and conduct Independent Mental Health Exams (IME), testify in deposition and court-room trials, and provide litigation consulting as non-testifying experts on issues related to immigration, personal injury, and criminal law.

 

The diagnostic information in our written reports can provide your cases with psychological evidence to support an immigration applicant’s claims, the psychological effects of personal injuries (resulting from crimes, accidents, and/or workplace harassment), and reasons that may lead to criminal behavior in individual clients.

 

The following types of Mental Heath Evaluations are offered:

 

  • Hardship Evaluations (Hardship Immigration Petitions)

  • Asylum and Withholding of Removal Evaluations

  • VAWA Evaluations (Violence Against Women Act Immigration Petitions)

  • Substance Abuse and DUI Evaluations for Immigration

  • Criminal Offense / Risk of Recidivism Evaluations for Immigration

  • Psychological Evaluations for Immigration

  • U-Visa Immigration Evaluations

  • Evaluations of Competency to Stand Trial (as propounded in Dusky v. United States [1960] and consistently affirmed in subsequent Supreme Court decisions)

  • Removal defense for immigrants that have been found incompetent to represent themselves due to a psycho-social disability (“Franco class members”)

  • Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Evaluations

  • Long-Term or Permanent Disability Evaluations

 

Initial evaluations are usually conducted in the client’s home, with remote follow-up sessions via Skype or FaceTime to allow greater flexibility for a working client’s schedule – especially for those who must arrange for childcare, (and incur its associated financial and time costs). If needed, Mental Health Evaluations may also be conducted at detention centers or correctional facilities. 

Fees are within standard industry range and initial appointments are usually set up within one week of the first call. Should clients require expedited services, they can be accommodated.

 

Our therapists are also experts in Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, Anger Management, Parenting, and Aging and Geriatric Mental Health. Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Therapy is provided to clients presenting with the following concerns: 

  • Adjustment Problems
  • Anger Management
  • Aging
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Job Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Relational (Family, Dating, Marriage, Infidelity)
  • Parenting
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personal Growth
  • Self Esteem
 
Our group therapy sessions assist clients in learning new behaviors, social skills, and ways of relating to other people. All groups meet once per week for 90 minutes and are 8 weeks long. (Note: Life Review and Reminiscence is 10 weeks long). Our most popular groups include:
Anger Management Equals
Life Management

 

A process and psycho-educational group with a pre- and post-test. and certification of completion, that focuses on developing insight and awareness to anger, and teaches effective communication skills and coping techniques to control and/or eliminate explosive/aggressive outbursts of temper.

 

 

Conquering Anxiety
 

A psycho-educational group that assists the client in understanding and resolving the core conflict that is the source of anxiety through effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques that modify the way clients perceive, interpret, and assign meaning to events.

 

Parenting: Effective Communication & Limit Setting

 

A psycho-educational and workshop group that teaches effective discipline without punishment, age-appropriate limit and boundary setting, and promotes responsible thinking to cultivate loving and confident children. 

Life Review & Reminiscence

A workshop group for older adults that meets for ten sessions and is effective for helping people find new meaning in their lives through the process of life review and sharing their personal stories with others. Through short, structured assignments on a variety of life themes, this group offers clients an opportunity to put the uncertainties of the past and the contradictions, paradoxes and events of life into perspective. 

Overcoming Grief & Loss

​A psycho-educational group that assists the client in beginning a healthy grieving process around their loss(es) by reviewing the stages of grief, normalizing the experience of losing a loved one, and provide the necessary coping skills to being healing.

Expressive Art Therapy & Social Support

 

A workshop and process-oriented group that provides an opportunity for clients to express and share their inner experiences in a visual way. Clients acquire healthy, creative outlets for intense feelings through a variety of media to reduce stress and learn creative stress-management techniques.

 

 

Suceeding Against Depression

A psycho-educational and workshop group that enables clients to develop healthy cognitive patterns and beliefs about themselves and the world, dispels automatic negative thoughts, and promotes the alleviation of depression symptoms.

Visualization, Meditation, and Relaxation for Healthy Living

A workshop and process-oriented group that provides an antidote for the stresses of modern life by teaching various techniques to help quiet the mind, reduce stress, develop mindful awareness, and bring life into balance through the use of deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided visualization.

 

Personalized Groups

We are also able to customize and develop psychotherapy, psycho-educational, and emotional support groups to suit the needs of your community, clinic, and/or family resource center. For more information, or to inquire about services, contact us at alfonso@asatherapy.com or call 323-943-8588

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