Questions about Therapy?
I'm interested in counseling but would like to learn more before I make an appointment...
Coming to counseling for the first time takes a tremendous amount of energy and, often, something in life isn't working the way you'd hoped. I want you to know that I understand that it can be challenging to come to therapy and I do whatever possible to help my clients feel safe and comfortable.
For new counseling clients I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if a first appointment makes sense. At that time you are welcome to ask me questions and decide whether to move forward or not. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
What can I expect from counseling?
My therapy process is goal driven and client directed. That means our work is correlated with specific goals you define at the start of counseling. We will check in on those goals throughout our time together. It's important for you to know that I have the end goal of working myself out of a job. While I'm grateful for my time with each client, my hope is that there would be a time that they are not in need of counseling services. That timeline looks different for each client but once their objectives are achieved they often move on.
A typical counseling session is 50 minutes and clients often come in weekly or bi-weekly at the beginning. A standard EMDR session is 80 minutes long but I am flexible with clients who prefer a 50 minute EMDR session.
Everyone's goals and needs are unique. I understand that individuals are bringing the "fine china" into the therapy room: their hopes, heartbreaks, hidden wounds, and stories. While I bring expertise and training to the table, I am never the expert of another person's life. It's important to me that you feel you have a place where you can be who you are, have a voice, and courageously pursue healing and understanding. Give me a call or send me an email to get started.
What is your clinical orientation?
For those who are familiar with specific therapeutic frameworks, my primary clinical approach is strengths based and through the lens of attachment theories and interpersonal neurobiology. I am a strong proponent of growth and am continually learning, reading, and educating myself on how I can better care for my clients.
Practically speaking, however, in working with clients I look to identify their unique needs and integrate a number of psychological approaches including: EMDR (eye movement and desensitation reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Theory, Family Systems, Internal Family Systems, and mindfulness. Additionally, I strongly believe that each client is multi-dimensional and I work to understand their experiences holistically in mind, body, spirit, and relationships. Regardless of their backgrounds many of my clients report that they appreciate my desire to meet them where they are, my work to empower them to have a voice in and out of their sessions, and my mission to be a partner with them as they make sense of their journey. I know that coming to counseling for the first time takes incredible momentum and I feel immensely honored to walk alongside of those who chose to come into my office.
For new counseling clients and therapists interested in EMDR consultation, I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if a first appointment makes sense. At that time you are welcome to ask me questions and decide whether to move forward or not. Please send me an email today to schedule your free consult.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance. I am considered an out of network mental health provider. For those who would like to use their insurance coverage I can provide you with a superbill at the end of each month for your services. Please check with your insurance provider to confirm your out of network coverage.
What don't you work with?
I feel passionate about "staying in my lane" of specialty and am quick to tell clients when another provider would be a better fit. I typically refer out for the following: addictions, couples therapy, play therapy, personality disorders, autism, anorexia nervosa, psychosis, and bi-polar disorder. While I may have experience in some of these arenas, this is not the focus of my practice at this time. If my services are not the best fit I would love to help you find someone who is.
What are your therapy fees?
I charge $150 for a 50 minute therapy session. Please give me a call even if this charge is outside of your budget. I would love to ensure you have the care you need. If I am not a good fit I am happy to help you find another well-regarded therapist who fits your budget or insurance needs.
I notice you work with churches and incorporate spirituality. Do I have to be a Christian to work with you?
Absolutely not! Regardless of who you are, my greatest hope is that you feel welcome and safe when working with me. While I believe that incorporating spirituality can be an important part of healing, each person comes in with a different definition of what that looks like for them. My clients determine how little or how much we bring that into the mix.