Alison Freeman, Ph.D.
Ca Lic#: PSY 10597
(310) 712-1200

In today’s world of technology, you have more options than ever before. You can choose several therapy options depending on your style of personal preference. You can choose to come to see me in my office, write to me via e-mail therapy and/or videotherapy via a video relay service. Each one is strictly confidential. The primary difference is how it is done, whether it is done through writing via email therapy or signing through webcam therapy. You might find it easier to express feelings openly from the comfort of your own home or office. The choice is yours, depending on your personal preference.

In-office Therapy
Face to face therapy is available at my office in West Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks in the Los Angeles area.  In addition to my expertise in deafness, I also work with victims of trauma and/or crime using EMDR.    This is an option only available in my office as it requires face to face contact.


Telemental Health/Videotherapy
Adults who are unable to come to the office can still participate in therapy via video-therapy using a video relay service. This option is best suited for people who live too far away, are homebound or parents with newborns and children. This videotherapy option uses web cameras and allows you and I to communicate in real time. Videotherapy requires special software through a video company i.e. Sorensen Communications, Purple Communications or ZVRS.   For deaf and hard of hearing people, this equipment is easily available and is free through these companies.  

Telephone Therapy**

The CAP-TEL telephone has both captioning and voice capabilities. CAP-TEL is free and available through your State Communication Access Programs . This is particularly useful for hard-of hearing people however there is a lag time between what you say and the captions. For this reason, videotherapy is  usually preferable as one can both talk/sign as well as write.

E-mail Therapy
Email therapy is another way for therapy to happen. It allows you to write your emails at a time that is convenient for you and for you to really think about what you want to say. For those who are comfortable writing, this is an option that provides privacy without face to face contact. The main advantage to this option is that you can think and review your thoughts, reactions and emotions before sending pressing the “send” email button. I will respond to your emails usually within 24 hours with suggestions and feedback on your situation.



** Telemental health/videotherapy is not for individuals who are experiencing a crisis. Please contact your local emergency number, call 911 or a crisis center in an emergency.