What age ranges do you serve?
I offer individual counseling for adults (age 18 and up) in Washington state.
What should I expect in the phone consultation?
The therapeutic relationship is central to the success and effectiveness of therapy. The purpose of the initial consultation is to get a sense if we might be a good fit. This not only involves a therapist's experience and your presenting issues, but also if you feel comfortable and safe in the relationship.
I encourage you to pay attention to how you feel during the consultation. I'll ask you what brings you to reach out and if you've had any previous experience with therapy (and if so, how it was for you). It's also an opportunity to ask questions about the process, my approach, or myself. I like to keep consultations conversational so you can get a better sense of potentially working with me.
How do I schedule a first appointment?
Before scheduling a first appointment, contact me to set up a free 15-20 minute phone consultation. From there, if you and I feel we might be a good fit, I will email you an intake form and assessments via my secure client portal to gather more information. After I review those forms, I'll decide if we're a good fit or not based on your needs and my experience. If so, I'll reach out via email and we can schedule a first appointment. And if not, I can give you some referrals to therapists who may provide a better fit for your needs.
Do you do in-person sessions?
Currently, I do not see clients in person. I am holding all sessions online for the foreseeable future.
How do online sessions work?
I serve clients within Washington state. I conduct online sessions via HIPAA compliant videoconferencing platforms. I use the healthcare version of Zoom provided by the Washington State Healthcare Authority. It works the same as a regular Zoom license, so be sure to have it installed on your device. I also use Doxy.me as a backup. For Doxy.me, all you need to do is click a meeting link.
Both meeting links (to Zoom and Doxy.me will be provided to you in an appointment reminder email prior to your scheduled session. Be sure to have access to a device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone), a stable internet a private, and confidential space where others won't listen in on the session.
Because I am only licensed in Washington state, you must reside in state during the time of your session.
How long/how often should I come to therapy?
Therapy is an investment of time, money and energy. It's a process that requires your commitment and dedication.
How long and how often you attend may vary. Clients come to therapy for a variety of reasons, though many involve chronic and ongoing concerns. Ideally, to get the most out of the experience, you'll attend weekly. However, depending on your finances and schedule, you might attend every two weeks. If you choose to meet every two weeks, I recommend starting weekly for at least the first two sessions. Typically, my clients tend to stay long-term (e.g. a year or more), though as we progress you might choose to meet less often. However, it's ultimately up to you on how long you want to continue therapy.
How do I pay for therapy?
When you fill out the electronic intake paperwork through my secure client portal, you'll be required to input your credit card information on file. This is the card I'll charge at the end of each session. For more information see my Policies & Fees page.
Do you accept my insurance?
My practice is private pay only. I do not accept insurance at this time. If you're looking to use your insurance, you can pay out of pocket and I can provide you with a superbill which you can submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. Another option for payment is to use a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) card. For more information, see my Policies & Fees page.