What happens in a therapy session?

Generally, therapy sessions happen weekly for 55 minutes for each session. The therapist will ask questions and the client will talk about things that are challenging. Some of the session may the client expressing feelings, and some may be focused on working on goals identified in the first few sessions. The client is never forced to talk about things that are too overwhelming, and the therapist will often provide skill building and psychoeducation to help the client learn ways to self-regulate in times of stress. Therapy requires active participation of the client and therapist, and sometimes the client will have tasks to complete outside of therapy in order to practice new skills or track observations of self.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

The law requires that information between a therapist and client be kept confidential. Information cannot be released without written consent of the client. The only the exceptions to this confidentiality is when a person is in danger of hurting themelves, intends to hurt another, or when a minor is being hurt by others. Therapists are required by law to break confidentiality when:

  • Client is suicidal or has intent to self-harm. The therapist will work to safety plan with the client, but a higher level of care may be needed to keep the client safe.
  • Client states a threat to hurt another person. The therapist is required to report this threat to the police.
  • A minor or elderly person may be the victim of abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to Child Welfare Services.

Is Teletherapy confidential?

Yes, I use a HIPPA-compliant version of Zoom for all my teletherapy sessions. The State of California has standards of practice for use of teletherapy, and I ensure these are carefully followed. I will work from a confidential space, and for your confidentiality in your home, it is important to have a private space and ask family or housemates to not come in during your sessions.

Do you accept insurance?

I have been paneled for the following insurance companies. If you are a member of these insurances, please reach out to schedule an appointment today.

  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford

I am in the process of being paneled with following insurance companies. If you have these insurances, please contact me if you would like to be added to the insurance waitlist and I wil notify you when I can begin taking appointments.

  • CenCal Santa Barbara County

Can I see you if you do not take my insurance?

Many insurance companies do offer out-of-network benefits for mental health. This means your insurance may pay a portion of your bill even if I am not in your network. Please contact your insurance claims department to find out if this is an option. If so, you would pay for each session and I would provide you a super bill which you can then submit to your insurance to get reimbursed.

If you do not have out-of-network benefits, you can pay cash for sessions, or you can also use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Family Savings Account (FSA) to pay for sessions.

I already have a therapist, can I see you too?

Generally, it is not appropriate to see two therapists at the same time unless they are working on vastly different issues. For example, a student may have a therapist in school to support problems with school, but then they might also have a therapist outside of school to provide therapy for social/emotional concerns in life. 

If someone already has a therapist, I always suggest talking to that therapist about their treatment plan, progress, and what they still want to work on. It is then the client’s decision to determine whether that therapist is still a good fit, or they need support of another therapist with a different specialty.

Are you in crisis?

If you are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, or in danger of harm from others, reach out to these organizations for immediate support.

SAFTY Youth Crisis Mobile Response
(Ventura, SB, & SLO Counties)


Social Anxiety
Neurodivergent Living
Midlife Transitions
Individuals with Chronic Illness
Support for Caregivers


Bonnie Landau Weed, LPCC, PPS

LPCC #13456


Bonnie Landau Weed, LPCC is verified by Psychology Today. Therapist in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

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