Frequently asked questions
How do I get started?
Please call me to schedule a free 20 minute consultation. During this consultation you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, including questions about my style and payment concerns. Do not worry if you don’t have any questions! The consultation will still be helpful for you. I will ask questions that help me determine if your concerns and goals are within my area of specialization. If we both feel that I am a good fit for your needs, we will
schedule an initial appointment.
What is therapy like?
Our sessions together will be very interactive. I ask questions that allow you to reflect and bring out your true self, your wise self. I am not silent in sessions, but I also do not dominate sessions by talking the whole time. I will suggest strategies and tools after I have learned more about what is most likely to work for you and be consistent with your values.
What will happen in my very first session with you?
The first session will be a little different than the rest of your sessions. You will have an opportunity to more fully explain your concerns, needs, and goals. I will ask questions that allow me to learn about your relevant experiences and history, and learn more about you as a person. We will decide together how to proceed with your future sessions.
How often will we meet?
You will begin therapy with weekly sessions in most cases. This helps us get to know each other better and to begin working on your concerns. Most people continue with weekly sessions until they feel their therapy is complete, but we may agree to meet every other week as we proceed if that is a better fit for your needs.
Some people access therapy for a long period of time and for others therapy is more short-term. It all depends upon your unique needs.
Does online therapy or telehealth work as well as in person therapy?
Yes! Online therapy can work as well as in person therapy most all of the time. People report satisfaction with their therapy, and that they are pleased with the progress they are making. They also report feeling connected to me as their therapist. As long as you have a private space available for your sessions, access to good internet, and a smartphone or tablet/laptop/computer, you can access therapy in the comfort of your own home or workplace. You do not even have to allow time to get to and from appointments!
I use a HIPAA compliant secure video system so that your therapy is convenient and confidential.
There are some exceptions to this. In order for online therapy to be effective a good internet or data connection is required, as well as a private space in order to have your sessions. If you have a serious mental illness or have concerns about safety, online therapy may not be a good fit for you.
If you would like to learn more about online therapy and are feeling nervous before beginning your first session, know that we will work together to create a warm and safe environment to support you in working on your goals. Please call me to schedule a free consultation with me so I can address any concerns or questions you have about online therapy. If you would like, your consultation can be done online so you can experience what this is like.
I do not belong to a marginalized group or I don’t even know what some of the letters you are using mean. Do you work with people who are not experiencing oppression?
Of course! It is important to me to be inclusive and I do not limit my practice to certain groups! I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Policies, Fees, & Insurance
Payment is due at the time of your appointment. This is true whether you are paying for your sessions completely out of pocket or if you have a co-pay through your insurance. I am able to accept credit cards through my secure HIPPA compliant system.
If you do have insurance, we will need to contact your insurance company before your first appointment to determine your co-pay. I will only collect the part of the payment that is your responsibility, and will bill your insurance company for the rest.
Since the scheduling of an appointment involves the reservation of time specifically for you, a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required for rescheduling or canceling an appointment. If you do not show or if you cancel late, you will be charged a cancellation fee. You will receive more information about this and have an opportunity to ask questions if we proceed with therapy. Please note that clients with OHP are not charged fees.
I am in-network with the following insurance companies:
Pacific Source Community Solutions/OHP
First Choice Health Network
I can bill as an out of network provider if your insurance company allows for this.
I also accept self-pay clients