What to expect from therapy with San Diego psychologist, Dr. Erin Elmore.

When you schedule our first appointment, I will email you a link to a confidential portal where you can fill out the necessary initial paperwork online. If you prefer hard copies, we can fill the forms out together in our first meeting.

Therapy sessions are 45-50 minutes and are typically scheduled once a week. The frequency and length of therapy is unique to each situation.

The fee for each session is $180. Your insurance company may reimburse you for a percentage of my fee as an “out-of-network provider”. In this event, I can provide you with a superbill that you can submit to your insurance company for direct reimbursement. The amount of possible reimbursement varies depending upon your plan and deductible amount. Please contact your insurance company to obtain information specific to your plan.

I am located in charming downtown La Mesa, in the midst of restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques. Parking in front of the building is metered. There is free street parking two blocks behind the building (on 3rd and 4th streets).

For Parents

Parents of Children

My work with children combines coping skills instructions and play-based interventions. It is my priority to keep you updated on your child’s progress and ways in which you can support their treatment goals at home. I typically ask parents at the beginning of each session how the week went and to express any concerns they may have. The younger the child, the more important parent involvement is in success.

Children may be confused about the purpose of therapy. I encourage you to look at my resource page for kids to get ideas about explaining therapy to your child. The first few sessions are often just about letting the child feel comfortable. This is a key component toward building their trust.

During treatment, kids may seem to get worse before they get better. When getting in touch with deep emotions they may act out, feel tired, or be more tearful than usual. Overall, you should begin seeing progress after several sessions. I will keep you updated, as often progress appears first in the therapy room before it translates to other settings.

Ending therapy can be hard for children. Showing a child how to have a healthy “goodbye” is a key component of the therapy. We will work together to agree upon a plan for ending therapy once your child’s goals have been met.

Parents of Adolescents

Teens benefit greatly from individual sessions; having their “own” space to process thoughts and feelings. I typically check-in with parents once per month to discuss progress or concerns. I believe in encouraging your teen to be responsible for their growth and to respect the parent-child relationship, so sometimes I may suggest that we all meet together to empower your teen to communicate directly with you, rather than through me.

For therapy to be effective, it is important your teen knows that I will not betray their confidence. Yet at the same time, parents have a right to know what is going on. I will work with you and your teen to agree upon parameters about what will and will not be shared. You will be notified of any safety concerns or significant issues right away.

Whether your teen is highly motivated for therapy or being forced to attend with palpable, silent protest, I welcome them and will meet them where they are. Once they are on board with therapy, the real work can begin.

As you know, the teenage years are complex. Just when you figure out how to deal with one area, another need appears. This means that therapy can have somewhat of a roller-coaster course. Sometimes the track is exactly how everyone presumed it would be and sometimes it takes an unexpected turn. My commitment is to ride it out with you and work as a team to address the underlying reason for your teen’s situation.

If you are wondering how to talk with your teen about therapy, I have provided a form (click here) that might be helpful to start a discussion. I also invite both you and your child to explore the activities and resources on my page designed specifically for teens and pre-teens.

Parents of Young Adults

Would you like to be involved in your young adult’s therapy? If your adult child consents, I wholeheartedly welcome your involvement to support their treatment goals.

If you want to support your young adult’s therapy financially, I would just need your card information to automatically charge after every session. Cash and checks are also accepted. I can provide you with a monthly invoice for your records.

For Young Adults

Many aspects of early adulthood can be overwhelming; therapy does not need to be one of them. More and more young adults are utilizing therapy as a supportive place to process past hurts, feel more at peace, and gain confidence in their identity and future goals. It would be my pleasure to help you do the same.

You’ll find my office space to be warm, comfortable, and welcoming. Because I am located in lively downtown La Mesa, the vibe is less “clinical” and more casual. You can grab a coffee, lunch, or browse the nearby stores before or after our appointment.

If you are close with your parents and want them involved with your therapy, I am happy to include them. If your parents are helping financially, I can keep their card information on file and automatically charge them after each session. Payments by check or cash are also accepted.