Angela Jensen-Ramirez LCSW
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice psychotherapy I often get asked about what to expect in therapy, the specialities I offer, how much my sessions cost, if I accept insurance and what my credentials (LCSW) mean in the therapy world.
I hope the following will provide clarity to some of these questions.
What to Expect in Therapy
To make an appointment with Angela you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, you can call (408) 442-1551, or you can send a note through my website.
After you make the initial contact, Angela will respond to you within 24 hours (48 if on the weekend). You can specify if you would like a telephone consult before coming in and Angela will arrange with you a convenient time to talk. Angela is happy to arrange a time to talk with you and your partner for couple counseling inquires.
Once you decide that Angela is the right therapist, we will make an appointment for an Intake Session. Please note that intake sessions for couples (our first in-person meeting) are set at 90 minutes. Angela does an intake session with all her new couples at 90 minutes in order to accurately assess your dynamic and begin providing targeted interventions modified for your relationship. All other individual sessions have a standard 50 minute intake unless otherwise requested.
Angela is dedicated to continually improving her therapeutic skills. Angela personally reviews her work and learns from each session while occasionally consulting with other EFT therapists in a confidential setting. Angela is in the process of becoming a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) in the Bay Area. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. This research demonstrates that couples significantly improve over the course of treatment and continue to get better at two year follow up. Please refer to the EFT website for further information about the treatment model and present outcome research. www.ICEEFT.com
Angela uses Emotionally Focused Therapy skills to draw out the relationship “Tango” or dance for which your relationship is currently stuck. With this information we will then explore changing your process (your dance moves) to something different, healthier, and more productive. The Goals of EFT are:
1. To expand and re-organize key emotional responses
2. To create a shift in partner’s interactional patterns with one another 3. To foster the creation of a SECURE bond between partners/families
Couple therapy is usually a weekly event for the first 4-6 weeks and then often moves to every other week. Couples usually see Angela from 3-6 months but some decide to spend longer with Angela as she becomes a source of comfort, relaxation, and support in your relationship. Individual therapy for adults and teens follow a similar patter.
It’s important that our working relationship has a solid foundational rapport of understanding and trust.
Angela has worked with couples from all sorts of backgrounds, histories, and lifestyles. It is my job as your therapist to learn about your lifestyle and assist you in meeting your goals for transformation. Sometimes these goals are to alleviate hurt and sometimes these goals are to expand opportunities. Whatever the dynamic, give Angela a call and talk to her about your situation to get a feel if she is right for you. Angela has been doing individual and teen therapy for over 10 years. I am happy to talk to you about the problem you are seeking therapy for to determine if I am the right therapist for you.
If you are a parent looking for counseling for a teen or young child, Angela will assess with you if she is the right therapist for your child. Angela does not work with children in a “child only” context. This means that Angela has a whole family perspective and works with parents through parent support along side any work happening with teens and little ones privately.
If you are an individual looking for therapy, Angela specializes in Mood Disorders but often uses a relationship lens with her client’s. Angela holds a deep value of the transformational aspects of relationships and follows empirically validated research in the field of mental and emotional wellbeing that emphasizes absolute need for positive human interaction in our daily lives for health and wellbeing.
Angela has a specialized focus on postpartum mood disorders as well as relationship issues that come up during pregnancy and postpartum. If you’ve had a baby in the last 2 years, it’s important that you find a therapist that specializes in the unique circumstances of life, body, and mental health during this immensely transformative experience of parenthood. Angela has referrals to health providers, support groups, and literature that can support you through this sometime chaotic and utterly expansive phase.
What is the difference between a LCSW, MFT, Psychologist and Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors and can prescribe medication. Psychologists focus on mental and emotional health but don’t prescribe medication. They have advanced doctoral degrees and intensive clinical training.
LCSW’s and MFT’s are mental health practitioners, hold Masters level degrees and both require roughly the same amount of direct clinical practice hours in order to be licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide direct psychotherapy in a private practice setting. While both licenses perform similar work functions, their different underlying philosophical approaches differentiate them. Social Workers tend to take a person-in-environment model whereas MFT’s generally take a relational model.
What might be more helpful in determining which degree (Masters or Doctors) is right for you, would be to look at your reasons for coming to therapy and then research the modality or approach that is most effective for your needs. For example, if you are a couple coming in for therapy, an attachment and process oriented modality would be fitting. However, a CBT or DBT modality would not. All therapist, be they psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers or marriage and family therapists will have a specialization in their practice.
It’s important to learn about and talk to the therapist you think would be right for you. Personal connection is the leading attribute of effective therapy. So call around, e-mail, and ask questions.