Katelyn Nies, MA, LMHC
|Professions: Mental Health Counseling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMHC - LH60539684|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
Fees: My fees range from $120 for a 50-minute individual session or $140 for a 70-minute couples session.
I accept major credit cards, cash, and checks.
A reduced fee is offered for clients paying for 4 sessions in advance.
I reserve slots in my schedule for sliding scale clients. It's important to me that people with all kinds of budgets are able to receive support. Please don't hesitate to call to see if we can work together on making therapy affordable for you!
I love this city and am constantly expanding my network of relationships with other businesses, large and small, in the area. I recognize the incredible impact a stressful work experience can have on other areas of your life, even if the work is rewarding or enjoyable. Work-related stress is an area of focus for me, therefore I offer a discount for employees of many companies in Seattle, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Starbucks (regardless if your presenting problem is work-related). Please contact me to see if your or your partner's employer is eligible for a discount with me!
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If you are experiencing, anxiety, depression, grief, or difficult transition in life, I want to be there for you in the healing process. I will provide you with a safe environment that is warm and nonjudgmental. My approach to each of my clients is one of genuine empathy, openness, and interest. I will encourage you to be an active participant in each session in addition to doing work in between sessions.
My counseling style is very interactive, and I will likely provide you with new techniques or activities to try, as well as send you helpful resources or information between our meetings. We will work together to help you gain acceptance for you who are and begin living the valued, fulfilling life you've always wanted.
My approach is eclectic, keeping in mind that you are a unique individual. Therapy is not "one size fits all" and it is my priority to ensure it is a positive, enriching, and effective experience for you. I find that techniques from the approaches of Mindfulness, as well as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy are very useful and effective. I prefer these techniques because they keep in mind you are human. These approaches and techniques are not focused on trying to stop unwelcome thoughts, but help you learn to accept those thoughts and allow them to exist without defining who you are or governing your behavior.
With me, you will feel empowered, learn appreciation for who you are, and learn to express yourself. You will learn how to live mindfully in the present instead of dwelling on the past or feeling fear or desire for the future.
Email or Call Katelyn Nies, MA, LMHC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 25244
More Info About My Practice
My fees range from $120 for a 50-minute individual session and $140 for a 70-minute couples session.
I do not accept any insurances but instead offer a sliding scale to help make therapy affordable for your budget. I am also able to provide documentation needed to submit for Out of Network services.
If you are concerned about finances, please don't hesitate to call for a free consultation to find out how I can help make therapy realistic for you!
I love the city of Seattle and am constantly working to expand my network of relationships with other businesses, large and small, in the area. I recognize the incredible impact a stressful work experience can have on other areas of your life, even if it is rewarding and at times enjoyable. A special area of focus of my practice is helping people with work-related stress, therefore I offer a discount for employees of many companies in Seattle, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Starbucks (regardless if your presenting problem is work-related or not). Please contact me to see if your or your partner's employer is eligible for a discount with me!
My Role as a Therapist
Therapists can take many different roles with their clients throughout the process of therapy. I believe that it is most beneficial if we collaborate together. I will offer you guidance, work with you on establishing goals that feel right for you, and help formulate a plan to achieve those goals. I will also be active in helping you with self-exploration and coming to gain a better understanding and acceptance of yourself in the process. While I find that your past is a vital part of who you are today and understand that these things can be an important aspect of therapy, a majority of our work will focus on the present.
I will expect you to play an active role in therapy. In my experience, clients who engage in work between sessions by working on "homework" (I promise, it won't be trigonometry!), taking active steps toward achieving your goals, or giving serious consideration to work done in the session tend to need fewer sessions total in the long-run.
My role as a therapist is to provide a safe, warm, and nonjudgmental space in which you feel comfortable being your vulnerable, true self. My role is to be an empathic listener, to take the weight off your shoulders. My role is as a caring educator, giving you the knowledge and steps you need to take to lead a fulfilling, satisfying life again.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Therapy is not an exact science. While there is tons of scientific research behind it, with more being done every day, it still comes down to something that cannot be measured: the human experience.
I'm so sorry your past experience with therapy or a particular therapist wasn't a positive one, but that doesn't have to mean that therapy isn't right for you. It can take a couple tries before you find the right therapist at the right time. So much of success in therapy relies on what is called the Therapeutic Alliance, or the strong relationship between you and your therapist. While it isn't necessary that your therapist has personally been through everything you are going through, it's paramount you believe that your therapist is genuinely trying to understand you and can form a strong, professional connection with one another.
You don't have to take the leap to a new therapist blindly. I offer a free phone consultation, as do many other professionals, and hope you will take advantage of this to feel out if you think we can develop a strong alliance together. It is my priority that this experience in therapy is a positive one for you and if it turns out I may not be the therapist for you, I will offer you as much guidance as I can in your search for the best fit.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
"Disorders", diagnoses, and diagnostic codes can be wonderful, helpful tools. Some clients find that receiving a diagnosis is a relief. A name for something that has plagued their life. So many of the struggles people endure regarding mental health are invisible to the world. There's no special chair for those diagnosed with depression, no crutches for those with anxiety, no way for others to be aware that you're going through, and have been through a lot. Having a word for it that helps others understand you a little better has been a savior for many people.
Unfortunately, for as many people that are aided by a diagnosis, just as many people find the labels to be limiting, flat, or not fitting with the realities of their struggles. We live in a world in which insurance often demands a diagnosis in order to cover treatment, even if a diagnosis may not be necessary. My view on the nature of disorders and diagnoses was a large part of my decision for my practice to remain private-pay and not accept insurance. I am well-trained in diagnosing mental health disorders and do not wish to feel pressured to make a diagnosis when it may not be needed. Instead, I choose to make my services affordable without the need for insurance coverage so that our work can be done purely in the service of helping you feel better without third-party interference.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The duration and frequency of therapy depends on several factors, including but not limited to, your presenting issues, your needs, your lifestyle, and your budget. In my experience, therapy is most effective when done consistently and at a frequency of once a week. I have found that clients who attend sessions each week experience relief sooner and need fewer total sessions in the long-run.
Many people begin to notice a difference and begin feeling better in as little as 4-6 sessions. Therapy can be as brief or as long as is helpful for you and there is no specific timeline for how long it should take. I always welcome clients who have more or less completed their work with me to schedule "refresher" or "booster" sessions down the road. I'm always here for support.
It is important that you communicate with your therapist if you have limitations or constraints to be considered, such as a busy lifestyle that may not allow you the ability to attend weekly sessions or a budget that may impact your duration in therapy. With this information, you and your therapist can come up with a realistic timeline, schedule, and goals for you.
Services I Provide
- Home-Based Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
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