Dr. Jan Wagman, Ph.D., MFT

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Encinitas Office & Mobile Phone:  (818) 917-0301
E-mail:  info@drjanwagman.com

Address:
491 2nd St., Suite 105
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Does therapy have to be a long drawn-out process?
I'm a proponent of Solution Focused Therapy which tends to keep my clients on track and moving toward a resolution of the issues they came in to deal with. In short, my goal is to get people back to fulfilling their personal and professional lives as quickly as possible.
Q2. Do you do more than "talk" therapy?
I have designed my office suite into a variety of environments. For example, there is an art area where kids and adults can paint or draw pictures which can help them express visually what they cannot find the words to convey Another area contains a small stage where some clients feel more comfortable acting out their fears, frustrations, anger or, whatever else burdens them. I even have tap shoes in sizes from small to large; you would be surprised at how many people love to tap dance. Music also plays a big part in my practice which is why I have a keyboard synthesizer and a full set of drums; there's nothing like banging away on drums to relieve frustration and anger. And, of course, I have a "talking" room which provides a safe comfortable environment.
Q3. Why is Group Therapy effective for kids?
Children have less inhibitions and are more willing to talk when they are in a group of their peers. Knowing that other kids share similar experiences and feelings helps them all to feel less concerned and frightened, and less alone.
Q4. Are there special techniques you use when working with young teen girls in groups?
I use a creative writing technique called "Fan Fiction" with girls 12-14. This creative writing genre involves girls writing themselves into movies, TV shows, books and video games as existing characters or new ones. They, as the writers, are able to direct the outcome of the story which enables them to learn how to exert control over their own lives.
Q5. When dealing with couples and their relationship problems, do you also see each person alone?
If the couple is my client I don't see them separately for individual therapy. However, there are times when I will ask to see one or the other alone to deal with an issue that is impeding their therapeutic progress as a couple. This is not individual therapy, but a session used for clarification.
Q6. Why have you been so effective working with children in the public and private school systems?
I was a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and have a Lifetime Teaching Credential, so I know and understand how the school system works - and know how to work with the system. Also, my educational background and credential gives me added credibility with teachers, principals and school guidance counselors. This results in my therapeutic suggestions and interventions being more easily accepted as they consider me a colleague. I am also able to participate in IEPs (Individual Educational Plans) for students with special needs, and offer insights into their psychological needs.
Q7. Do you have experience working in the Court system?
I have served as an expert witness for both my adult and child clients in Family Court, Superior Court and Children's Court.
Q8. Do you have experience in divorce cases with custody issues that go to court?
I've been an expert witness when there have been conflicts over custody, during and after divorce. Sadly, too often, the kids become weapons as divorcing parents battle each other. That is why I am so passionate about advocating for children's psychological needs both in and out of court.
Q9. When you work with children, do you involve the family?
Having the entire family participate in a child's therapy can take the negative spotlight off of the child. So, instead of labeling the child as having the problem, I can then demonstrate to the family how they all reinforce each other's behaviors. This allows solutions to be found more quickly that help create an environment where the family is working together, positively, to help one another. The end result tends to be solutions that are long lasting.
Q10. How can pre-marital counseling help?
Many couples don't know the most common problem areas in a marriage, There is a belief that romantic love will overshadow and prevent any potential conflicts that might arise. Sadly, financial issues, parenting styles, career importance, religious differences, extended-family roles, etc., all can contribute to marital troubles down the road. Pre-marital counseling can help couples become aware of the education they need to maturely prepare themselves for a life-long commitment that is rich with caring, support, understanding, sharing, and love.
Q11. What types of insurance do you accept?
Blue Shield, TriWest, Aetna, MHN