1460 7TH ST # 306 Santa Monica, CA 90401 US

(310) 877-0657 angela@LAMindSpa.com ~ Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc.

Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc.


Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples and Families

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Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples and Families

Nurture Your Mind, Emotions and Relationships

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About Angela Costello, LMFT

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Before we jump right on into creating your new path, here’s some background info about me…

I was born and raised in Southern California. My interest in the field of psychology actually started when I was a young girl spending time in my mom’s front office after school. She would tell me about how much satisfaction she had as a social worker, helping others improve their lives – and I was inspired!

This journey began over twenty years ago during college. The only classes I actually looked forward to were all related to psychology (the study of human behavior and mental functions). What I was learning in school gave me a new lens through which I viewed the world, and it just all made sense.  I could relate the information in my classes to my personal life, and see how I could follow in my mom’s footsteps to really impact people’s lives and do my best to help them be happier and healthier. I went on to obtain my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. I received extensive training from various onsite internships, including The Meadows, a world-renowned psychiatric treatment center.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I see clients in my private practice with in Los Angeles, California. I specialize in helping people who have struggled with anxiety learn to live their lives with more ease.

Education and Current Practice:
Pepperdine University – Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – BBS California License # 53654
2011 to Present  – Psychotherapy Private Practice

Experience:
EMDR Trained – www.emdria.org
The Bella Vita – Eating Disorder Therapist
Ashford University – Adjunct Professor
The Meadows of Wickenburg – Primary Therapist, Family Therapist, Survivors Counselor, Aftercare Counselor
Mohave Mental Health Clinic – Crisis Intake Therapist
Bienvenidos Children Center – Mental Health Therapist
Vistas Social and Work – Counselor III
San Fernando Valley Counseling Center – Volunteer Counselor

My approach

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I guide clients from awareness to action, and specialize in anxiety, trauma and relationship issues.

Therapy is not just about making an appointment.  It is a lifestyle choice that can change the way you think, feel and behave everyday. It’s about setting goals to improve your life and learning the skills to do so, with a professional. My approach as a therapist is compassionate and direct.  I draw from various theoretical models that meet the needs of each specific client. I use the following therapeutic approaches with clients:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness CBT, and The Model of Developmental Immaturity (see Frequently Asked Questions).

My focus with every client is to really get to know their own unique story, help them figure out why their lives have become unmanageable, get at the root of what’s causing it, work through unresolved feelings and core issues, educate them, and create a specific pathway so they can realistically start to see changes when they leave my office.
Frequently Asked Questions

New Clients

For Your First Appointment:

  • Email Your Forms: Download the INTAKE PACKET below, complete it and email it to angela@LAMindSpa.com prior to your first appointment
  • Payment: Cash, Check, Credit Card, or Venmo (@AngelaMariaCostello)
  • Come in with an open mind

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Frequently Asked Questions

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1 – When is the right time to start therapy? 
Every client’s needs are unique. Some clients start therapy when they are already in the middle of a crisis or major change in their lives, such as a divorce, recent death, or they are trying to stop an addiction. Other clients begin when they are going through a life transition or emotional distress and are curious about exploring it further with someone outside of their social circle. The main requirement to start therapy is a willingness to participate. An initial assessment is done in the first session to determine if the client and therapist are a good fit, and if this is the appropriate level of care for the client.

2 – I’m looking for a therapist for someone else, but I don’t know how to bring the subject up to him/her. What should I do? 
Telling someone you think they should see a therapist can be daunting. Select an appropriate time and place to talk to them, with limited distractions. Approach them with empathy by giving them information, use “I” statements, and let them decide. You could say something like, “I really care about you, and I’m worried about you. I found someone that might be able to help change how things are now.  I’m here to support you. Here’s the information, and I’m here for you when you’re ready to talk about it.”

3 – Do you accept clients of all ages? 
I work with clients ages six and up.

4 – Do you accept insurance?  
The short answer is: no.  I am an out-of-network provider with all insurance companies.  Each client will pay the private pay rate (listed directly below).  At your request, I can provide you with a receipt for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.

5 – What is the cost per session? 
$250/session for individuals
$300/session for couples/families. 
Sessions are 45 minutes in length.
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6 – How often should I see a therapist? 
Clients typically meet with a therapist on a weekly basis. The frequency may increase or decrease depending on the client’s individual needs, the severity of their symptoms and personal preference.  Some clients participate in brief solution focused therapy for a few months until their crisis is resolved, while others participate on a consistent weekly basis for years as an integral part of their self-care.

7 – How long does it take for me to see the results of the therapy? 
When a client actively participates in treatment (attending sessions on a weekly basis, applying learned skills and tools between sessions, practicing rigorous honesty), there is greater probability of life-enhancing change and experiencing noticeable improvement. Keep in mind that therapy is a process; not a quick fix. Some clients experience a gradual change that is subtle and slowly noticeable over the course of a few months, while others report experiencing a clearly noticeable shift within the first few sessions.  It all depends on the individual client.

8 – What is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)? 
LMFTs are relationship specialists who treat people involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustments. Marriage and Family Therapists are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners licensed by the State of California. Requirements for licensure include a master’s degree, passage of two comprehensive examinations and at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience regulated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Reference: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – CAMFT).
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9 – Can you explain the different kinds of theoretical approaches you use in your practice? 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Aims at changing the way a person thinks in order to manage feelings and behaviors.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): A technique that uses brain stimulation to help people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are a result of traumatic or disturbing life experiences.

Family Systems Therapy: Focuses on the family as a system, whereby the individual problems are a result of the members influencing each other. Therapy is aimed at alleviating current symptoms through altering a family’s transactions and organization. This can be done with an individual, couple or family.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Guides the client in practicing the mental discipline of intentional thought process and behaviors, and accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.

Psychodynamic Therapy: Examines childhood and adulthood experiences to better understand how the subconscious is affecting a person’s current thinking and behavior. Through the client/therapist relationship, the client is able to discover new ways to perceive and live life.

Solution Focused Therapy: Assists the client in focusing on the here-and-now by building upon their strengths in order to find solutions, rather than placing emphasis on the problem.

The Model of Developmental Immaturity: Helping the client understand the family of origin issues that brought them to the symptoms of their addictions, mood disorders and relationship struggles.

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Angela Costello, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #53654

LAMindSpa, Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc.

1460 7th St, Santa Monica, California 90401, United States

(310) 877-0657 angela@LAMindSpa.com

Hours

Monday 9am-9pm

Tuesday 9am-5pm

Wednesday 9am-5pm

Thursday 9am-9pm

Friday 9am-9pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Crisis/Emergency Hotlines

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If you are in crisis and the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 9-1-1.  


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Available 24/7): 800-273-8255

National Domestic Violence Hotline (Available 24/7): 800-799-7233


Child Abuse Support (DCFS) (Available 24/7): 213-639-4500