SOUTH BAY & LONG BEACH AREA THERAPISTS
Alan Solomon, Ph.D.
Skypark Building 10
23326 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 375
Torrance, CA 90505
Psychology License: #PSY6183
Dr. Solomon has 30+ years of experience providing psychological services. He spent five years before that teaching elementary school and English as a second language. He presents on various topics to professional audiences and to the general public.
This developmental view is relatively clear when it comes to understanding how and where children might get delayed in early life tasks: eating, sleeping, toilet training, self-control, family relationships, social interaction with peers and adults, and school-related challenges (both academic and more social/emotional). Adolescents add such potential issues as peer relationships, temptations with alcohol or drugs, identity formation, beginnings of romantic and sexual interests, more intense academic expectations, career questions, and increasing independence from parents or family. Adults may face an impasse in regards to career, relationships of a social or more intimate nature, health, self-regulation, family relationships, and meaning of life questions. The above examples are meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive.
Our first efforts in therapy are to understand where you are stuck, how wide-ranging and long-lasting this impasse is, and what previous efforts you have made to address your difficulties. As I listen carefully, begin to appreciate your strengths as well as your struggles, and communicate my understanding and interest to you, we begin to build trust, so we can work together to assist you.
Sometimes more intensive therapy, with sessions more than once a week, is of much benefit. Exploration of an individual’s history is often very helpful to deepen your understanding of how you reached this impasse in your journey, what makes the impasse particularly difficult to resolve, and how some entirely new perspective or strategies may hold the key to freeing you to move further along.
In addition to the above services, I am also available for presentations for public and/or professional audiences. These are offered for little or no fee, as part of my public service commitment. Consultation with colleagues is a possibility as well, based upon my years of supervising mental health professionals, for help with more challenging treatment issues.
Some insurance companies in recent years returned to a tightly controlled managed care model. Sessions must be authorized in advance, ostensibly to “provide better care”. This requires sharing very personal and private information about you, in increasing amounts as therapy proceeds. Such revelations violate your privacy and confidentiality, in a system in which privacy is not always adequately protected; witness recent breakdowns in security with insurance plans. Thus, I have suspended my participation on these panels. Additionally, such plans have not adjusted reimbursement meaningfully for providers in over a decade, some of them in more than two decades now.
I will however, actively help you gain reimbursement that is available under your insurance coverage, without my participating in the program of authorization. Insurance aside, I try to be flexible with fees as I can, so that financial issues do not determine if someone receives help.
On a more personal note, I have been a psychologist for several decades (Ph.D. in 1978 and California license in 1979). I have been married for over 40 years to the same woman, with two adult children who are each completing graduate courses of study that prepares them for professional careers (one in education and one in psychology). Travel experiences have been a crucial part of my leisure time with my family and friends, I since my own college days. This has broadened my perspective widely: through much of the U.S., and several trips to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. One trip to Africa. I lived for two years in Japan where I taught ESL.
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Margaret L. Stoll, Ph.D.
1826 S. Elena Ave., Suite C
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
320 Arden Avenue Suite 240
Glendale, CA. 91205
Psychology License: #PSY7624
Dr. Stoll has 17 years of experience providing psychological services. She also provides consultation and supervision to attorneys, clergy, educators, students, and other mental health professionals.
Believing in an individualized approach to therapy, I develop a treatment plan unique to the needs and circumstances of each person. I recognize the varied objectives patients have for seeking therapy. Some enter therapy in reaction to a crisis or life event, wishing to overcome it, return to their previous level of stability and end the therapy as soon as stability is regained. Others seek what might be labeled an "educational model" of therapy. They may begin with one or more emotional or interpersonal problems, but also desire to grow and increase self-understanding in a deeper way beyond mere symptom reduction. Finally, others seek therapy after tolerating some chronic condition they have been unable to overcome. They may view therapy as a last resort, reluctantly seeking treatment only after admitting they need professional help beyond self, family or friends to achieve relief. I provide psychotherapy from each of these perspectives.
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