What kinds of people are you best able to help?
I work best with people who are willing to go beyond their own comfort in order to grow. Facing your own past, judgment, and/or resistance in order to develop self-love and self-compassion, is at the root of all positive change.
I work with people seeking therapy for problems in relationships, career, or health. I treat depression, anxiety, family conflict, post-traumatic stress. Perhaps your presenting concerns have you feeling guilty, shameful, scared, alone, unworthy, or helpless. You may have noticed that you’ve been isolating, you’ve become more inflexible, less tolerant of your emotions, or preoccupied with what others think. Perhaps you fear change. If any of these things are true for you, you’ve come to the right place.
If you’re still unsure, let’s talk about it! We’ll have a brief conversation over the phone before your first appointment, so I can address any concerns or questions you may have about whether I'm the right therapist for you.
What is it like to go to therapy?
Each meeting is like an exploratory problem-solving session. You describe your current situation and your feelings about it, and I assist you in trying to resolve the problem so you can move closer to having the life you wish to have.
At the beginning of a session, I will invite you to share what’s been going on in your life, what’s on your mind, what’s bothering you, or whether there are any goals you’d like to discuss. I will listen and I may take a few notes.
You won’t be criticized, interrupted, or judged as you speak. I encourage you to say exactly what you feel without worrying that you’re going to hurt someone’s feelings, damage a relationship, or be penalized in any way. Anything you say is okay. All of your feelings are okay.
I may guide you towards a new perspective. I may help you challenge behaviors that aren’t working for you. I may ask you to practice a new skill. I may teach you something. I may just give you space to talk and feel if I think that it’s important for your growth. I may guide you through a meditation. I might give you a task to try after you leave so that you can continue to practice skills and learn new ones.
How often do we meet?
Most of my clients attend weekly or biweekly. I recommend weekly to start and once you’ve satisfactorily met your goals and are feeling more stabilized and resilient, we can reduce to biweekly sessions.
Some clients see therapy as an ongoing process towards personal growth and enlightenment. For them, therapy may lost for several months or years. Or they’ll transition to different therapists over their lifetime to gain insight and growth through other approaches and perspectives. I am open to working with you long term as long our time together is focused on a problem area or goal.
What is the investment?
Intake appointment (75 minutes) - $200
Follow-Up Sessions (50 minutes) - $165
I am in-network with Regence, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Premera, Kaiser, and First Choice. I can provide documentation for out-of-network benefits if you do not have one of these plans.
Co-pays are due at the time of the session. For a benefit quote, you may contact my billing company at https://www.prestigemedicalbilling.com/ and let them know you have an appointment with me. Scroll to the bottom of their page to reach “Contact Us” form.
I accept ALL major credit cards, cash, and checks.
Can we do online/video sessions?
Yes, we can complete your therapy sessions through a secure video platform. All you need is a device that connects to the internet, like a computer, tablet, or cell phone. This can be the primary way that we connect or used intermittently. Please keep in mind that your insurance company may have restrictions on your “telehealth” benefit. We will discuss this ahead of time.
What if I need immediate care?
I will do my best to provide an appointment on short notice when my clients determine there is some urgency, however I do not provide emergency or 24 hour service. In an emergency, please call 911, the Pierce County Crisis Line at 253-798-4333, or the Mental Health Crisis Line at 206-461-3222.
How do I get started?
It’s easy. Just fill out the contact form on the Get Started page and I’ll be in touch within a couple of days. We will discuss your needs so that I can be sure I’m a good fit for you. Then we’ll schedule your first appointment!