Which Therapy Is Right For You?
One-on-one sessions to explore your feelings, early life experiences, and any personal difficulties you are currently facing. A WILA psychotherapist will help you gain a more intimate understanding of yourself in order to promote healing, self-esteem, and personal development.
Joint sessions for you and your partner aimed at improving your relationship by resolving underlying problems and increasing intimacy. A WILA psychotherapist will help both partners to gain a deeper understanding of what the other is going through and share responsibility for the relationship.
Adult Family Therapy
Joint sessions for you and your adult family member(s) aimed at improving communication and reducing conflict. A WILA psychotherapist will help your family explore your unique history and identify troublesome family dynamics. Siblings or parent and child dyads are welcome. All participants must be ages 18+.
About Our Clinic
WILA’s Hedda Bolgar Psychotherapy Clinic is an outpatient clinic in West Los Angeles that offers individual, couples, group, and adult family psychotherapy. As a nonprofit committed to keeping high quality, long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy available and affordable, our fees are based upon a sliding scale. WILA is an affordable alternative for those without adequate health insurance benefits or the ability to pay for expensive private treatment. We do not place an arbitrary limit on treatment length or session frequency. Therapy can continue until you and your therapist feel that the goals of treatment have been accomplished.
We offer a unique and powerful psychotherapy experience. Emphasizing a warm and caring therapeutic relationship, you and your therapist, working together, will explore your current life situation and personal history. The goal is to develop a deep understanding of the meanings of your emotional distress and to help you develop a fuller, richer life, and more meaningful life. Psychotherapy at WILA means that you are not alone with your emotional pain. Since 1974, we have helped about 17,000 people. Our patients have dealt with a range of problems including depression, anxiety, self-regulation, poor self-esteem, grief and mourning, relationship problems, sexual issues, eating disorders, and marital and family discord.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is WILA's treatment philosophy?
WILA specializes in what is often called psychoanalytically oriented or psychodynamic psychotherapy. This means that our therapists work from the inside out to consider how your unconscious and early life experiences influence current functioning, behavior, and the relationships in your life including the relationship you develop with your therapist. This is a unique and comprehensive therapeutic approach that is often transformational. Our work aims to reduce troubling symptoms such as depression and anxiety while promoting self-awareness, empathy, and personal development. We give our patients a precious gift, the chance to lead healthier, deeper, and more meaningful lives.
How can I begin therapy at WILA?
Deciding to seek therapy can feel like a big step into the unknown. At WILA, we want to help you through the initial process and ease your concerns. The first step is a confidential conversation with one of our therapists. Please call (424) 371-5191 or write to us to request a free 15-25 minute initial telephone intake. This call will cover a variety of areas including: what brings you to therapy, your relationships, living arrangements, educational background, employment, family background, medical information, any risks you are facing, your ideas about the sort of therapist who would be best for you, and the fee you can afford. The intake therapist will answer questions you have regarding WILA, the type of therapy provided, the experience of our therapists, and next steps.
Who will be conducting therapy?
WILA’s therapists are advanced clinical psychology interns and post graduate fellows. They are actively studying with and supervised by a highly trained and experienced faculty of clinical psychologists, psychoanalysts, and other mental health professionals. You will be provided with the name and contact information of your therapist’s licensed supervisor should any concerns arise.
I have a substance abuse problem in addition to anxiety and depression. Is WILA right for me?
It depends. Substance abuse is often a symptom of another mental health issue. In such cases, it may be recommended that you seek help for your substance abuse prior to beginning our program. During the initial phone intake process, a therapist will help you determine if WILA is an appropriate fit.
How much does therapy cost?
Fees are based on a sliding scale determined in part by your income. Your fee will be set during the initial telephone intake interview. The fee will be reviewed by you and your therapist at the first meeting and throughout the course of treatment as necessary.
I work full-time. Can I get an evening appointment?
Yes, the clinic is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday.
How long will therapy take?
It is difficult to estimate the length of a psychotherapy because each person’s situation is unique. The first five sessions with your therapist will be an evaluative period during which you can discuss your goals and expectations. We remain one of the very few settings in Los Angeles where no limits are placed on treatment length or session frequency. Termination should be determined collaboratively.
Where will my sessions take place?
All therapy sessions will take place at our West Los Angeles location which provides a safe, comfortable, and confidential atmosphere. We are conveniently located at 11845 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 505W, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Ample street parking is available nearby.
I am a clinician and would like to refer to WILA. Whom do I contact?
We welcome referrals. Call (424) 371-5191 and a member of our treatment team will call you back to discuss the goodness of fit of our services for your referral.
What is WILA's mission?
The mission of Wright Institute Los Angeles (WILA) is to keep high quality, long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy available and affordable. WILA is an affordable alternative for those without adequate health insurance benefits or the ability to pay for expensive private treatment. We remain one of the very few settings in Los Angeles where no limits are placed on treatment length or session frequency. Our aim is to help the individuals, couples, and families we serve lead richer, deeper, more fulfilling lives.
The Hedda Bolgar Psychotherapy Clinic at Wright Institute Los Angeles is licensed as an outpatient psychology clinic by the California Department of Health Services.