Survey Response: Jill Solomon, MFT
This survey was last updated in April 2009.
Number of years in practice: 10
Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: 5
Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS: 30
What is your association to the TMS community?
I practice in Los Angeles, and work with Dr. David Schechter
Have you ever suffered from TMS?
Yes, I have had Interstitial Cystitis and other TMS syndromes over the years.
Are you able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone? Yes.
What insurance plans do you currently accept?
Currently my practice is all private pay. I offer clients a super bill that they can submit to most PPO insurances. Reimbursement varies from plan to plan.
Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance?
Yes. I also have two clinical interns that I supervise in my practice who can provide sliding scale therapy.
What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
I work with Dr. David Schechter in Los Angeles who is a great doctor and teacher in the TMS community. I recently attended the first TMS conference in Michigan and was inspired by all of the great research and inspiration in the TMS field. I am an avid reader and conference go-er! I have completed a three year training in Somatic Experiencing, which is a body-centered psychotherapy that I can incorporate into my work with TMS clients.
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My name is Jill Solomon and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the Los Angeles area. My interest in TMS grew after my own experiences with chronic pain for many years and my frustration with the traditional medical community. I knew there were many people suffering from 'mystery illnesses' that needed relief, guidance and support. I read Dr. John Sarno's book and was introduced to TMS through Dr. David Schechter in Los Angeles and Don Dubin MFCC.
I am in private practice in the West Hollywood area, and chronic pain and somatization is one area of interest of mine. Unconscious 'bad' feelings that have been suppressed since childhood such as anger, guilt, sadness, rage, disappointment, unloveability and low self-esteem often emerge as somatic symptoms in various parts of the body. Letting go of perfectionism, resistance and self-imposed pressures with the help of a therapist, and others in the community can lead to relief and immense growth. Through the support and guidance of therapy, as well as other adjunctive tools, I believe that one can completely recover from their pain and begin to live their lives in a whole new way. Other areas of specialties include:addiction, eating disorders,trauma, depression, anxiety and adolescents. I am also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and have completed a three year intensive training based on the work by Peter Levine.
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