Frequently Asked Questions
I use the Stripe credit card service through my client portal. You will register your credit card and be billed for co-pay or fee, determined prior to your first session. It is very helpful if you call your insurance provider prior to first session to inquire about your responsibility (co-pay and/or deductible). I am an in network provider for Providence/United Healthcare/Optum, BCBS, Aetna, and Medicare, Moda, Cigna, First Choice, and Pacific Source. I am soon to be paneled with Tricare. For those with pending insurance panels or private pay, we will discuss and agree upon fee. I can also provide a "super bill" or receipt for service which you may be able to submit for out of network reimbursement through your insurer.
I strive to create a comfortable and safe environment where we will work together to explore your inner world. By tuning in to your entire experience (thoughts, feelings, narratives, sensations, and emotions) we will discover what is true and important for you. Our work together may allow you to land upon new options, with the goal of feeling your wholeness, sturdiness and solidness. Therapy can be challenging at times due to the material that often needs to emerge and present itself. However, the experience of having your experience held with space, presence and care can be transformative.
Therapy is a process of self-discovery where together, we will work to unearth who you are on a deep experiential level. We will examine your relationship style, core beliefs, and instinctual attitudes around which engage with yourself and the world. You will be invited to share about whatever feels important to you. This safe and confidential environment will hopefully allow you have a new experience of yourself as grounded and connected.
People generally come to therapy when they get fed up with feeling stuck, bored, sad, depressed, easily triggered, or unfulfilled. They feel that they need someone to truly listen and make space for their challenges and difficulties without judgement. Sometimes life events such as relationship loss, divorce, world event, or child moving out of home brings up painful feelings. Reasons for coming to therapy are as unique as individuals themselves, though in general people come to therapy for deep understanding and support.
Cancellations within 24 hours of your session time incur the full fee. This policy is representative of the industry standard within the counseling and psychotherapy professions. You will find that therapy works best and produces long lasting change when appointments are regular and consistent.
Yes, it is well known that therapist confidentiality is a crucial component to successful therapy. I will adhere to strict HIPPA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines which protect your privacy. However, it is important to note times when this confidentiality must be broken, like when a clients says they plan to hurt themselves or someone else. Or, when using insurance, you may have to send diagnostic information to the insurance company to obtain payment. We will go over limits of confidentiality together so that you can understand my legal obligations around this important topic.
You can feel free to call, send an email, or book an appointment through my client portal. However you reach out to me I will get back with you within 24 business hours.
While I generally work during business hours, I will do my best to create a schedule that provides availability to those who must meet outside of those "regular" business hours. Lets talk about your needs so that we can determine options for making therapy accessible to you.
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- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
- Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging): http://www.crisischat.org/
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- National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
- GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
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