Economic Crisis Program
A unique therapeutic engagement at a very low cost
The Economic Crisis Program (ECP) is a very low-fee psychotherapy program for those adversely affected by their economic situation. Its aim is to assist individuals who have been severely impacted by unemployment and other financial conditions that have negatively affected their ability to secure and maintain financial and emotional solvency.
About the Program
Individuals facing severe financial struggles, chronic unemployment and underemployment, and persistent lack of financial stability are at risk for depression, anxiety, strained romantic and family relationships, and substance abuse. The ECP aims to help. In keeping with WILA’s mission, the ECP is priced to be an affordable alternative for individuals in financial crisis who are most at need, but can least afford high quality mental health services. We understand the negative cycle perpetuated when stress is high and help is inaccessible. Thanks to the generous support of a grant from the Robert Ellis Simon Foundation, WILA is able to offer ECP participants high-quality individual and group psychotherapy at rates below our minimum fees. ECP members participate in 1-2 weekly individual psychotherapy sessions as well as a weekly adjunctive group psychotherapy experience for one very low fee.
About the Group
The ECP group is a psychotherapy group focused on helping participants connect and receive support around issues pertaining to personal finances. The group offers effective coping strategies and insights into the obstacles restricting group members from successfully entering the workforce or achieving and maintaining financial stability. ECP participants make a commitment to regularly attend the ECP group, which meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm.
Call (424) 371-5191 or write to us to request a free 15-25 minute telephone intake interview. A member of our treatment team will answer any questions you may have and will conduct a financial needs assessment to see if you qualify for the ECP.
Frequently Asked Questions
What services are provided to participants in the ECP?
Participation in the ECP includes 1-2 weekly individual therapy sessions (scheduled with your therapist) as well as a mandatory weekly process group held Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:15pm.
What is the ECP treatment philosophy?
- As with all services provided at Wright Institute Los Angeles, the ECP utilizes a contemporary psychodynamic approach. 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.
- The ECP’s mixed individual and group format helps participants to connect and receive support from others in similar circumstances offering exposure to a variety of new ways to cope more effectively.
Where did the idea for the ECP come from?
The ECP was borne out of a recognition of the modern day problems caused by economic and occupational difficulties. The unemployed face a multitude of stressors, both financial and psychological. These are often compounded by a lack of access to affordable mental health services that are needed. An American Psychological Association poll reported that 80% of those surveyed reported the economy causing significant stress, up from 66% in April of 2008. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has implored community-based organizations to provide increased levels of mental health treatment and support to those who are severely affected by the economy. The ECP strives to answer this appeal by delivering inexpensive, high-quality services to area residents who qualify.
Is there a time limit/requirement in the ECP?
- Total length of participation in the ECP varies, but all new participants are asked to make an initial three month commitment.
- On-going treatment is open-ended and based on an individuals’ needs, goals, and rate of progress.
Can I do just group therapy or just individual therapy?
No, we believe that group participation is a crucial component of the experience of receiving and giving support in the ECP. To this end, participants agree to an attendance policy aimed at minimizing absences while leaving room for the everyday difficulties of life. If this format is not possible for you, a member of our treatment team can help you explore other services offered at WILA to determine the best fit.
Can I afford the ECP?
ECP members participate in 1-2 weekly individual psychotherapy sessions as well as a weekly adjunctive psychotherapy group for one very low weekly fee. Average fees are $15 per week if financial need is established. The Economic Crisis Program is supported by a generous grant from the Robert Ellis Simon Foundation.
Who will be providing therapy in the ECP?
The therapeutic services offered through the ECP, both group and individual, are conducted by pre-doctoral interns and post graduate fellows who are studying with and supervised by a highly trained and experienced faculty of clinical psychologists, psychoanalysts, and other mental health professionals.
Where does ECP take place?
All ECP activities, both individual and group, 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’m a clinician and would like to refer to the ECP. Who 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 program for your client.
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.