My Approach to Helping
*My practice is currently full to new clients for individual therapy. Please see my website for information about workshops.
Transitions often leave us feeling out of balance. Whether we are facing changes in relationships, adjusting to new roles at work or home, or managing symptoms of anxiety or depression, it is easy to become overwhelmed. I work with clients to create strategies, develop tools, and uncover personal strengths that bring the healthy balance back.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, educator, and public speaker with over 15 years of experience in the counseling and social services field. I bring a depth of experience from years of work in Washington state agencies, community mental health organizations, nonprofit, and medical settings. I am privileged to be a therapist. My clients describe me as "open, genuine, real, and effective."
More Info About My Practice
I have extensive training and experience in treating trauma, anxiety, and depression. I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), among other effective strategies. Initial Intake Assessment: $175, 50-minute Therapy Session: $110, Group Therapy: fees determined on a series basis. Please note: Payment by cash or check is due at the time of service.
I am currently contracted with the following Insurance Providers: Kaiser Permanente, First Choice Health, Aetna, Providence, Premera, Tricare and the Veteran's Administration(VA). In order to access insurance coverage for most services, you will need to call the customer service number located on the back of most insurance cards and request authorization. I offer a few sliding fee scale appointments. Please contact me for availability. You can also choose to submit out-of-network claims to your insurance provider, if you have this coverage.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
It is my belief and professional experience that people grow through difficulty. Choosing to participate in therapy means taking time in your life to think about, feel, and integrate parts of your life and your self. On a neurological level, this allows you to create healthy pathways in your brain which can replace problematic ones.
Therapy helps you to mature as a person, realize what is possible, and finally let go of pain. Although it may be challenging to enter this process, the reward is deeply fulfilling. I see people heal all the time and it is the best part of my job.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
People seek therapy for different concerns at many points in life. A therapeutic approach to treat a traumatic experience may be very different than one which treats a mood disorder, like depression. There are models that clinicians follow when treating clients which allow for optimal gains. Asking what you can expect from therapy (homework, number of sessions, prognosis) is every client's right.