Counseling involves communication between patients and therapist that is intended to help people find relief from emotional distress, as in becoming less anxious, fearful or depressed, seek solutions to problems in their lives, such as dealing with disappointment, grief, family issues, and job or career dissatisfaction, and modify ways of thinking and acting that are preventing them from working productively and enjoying personal relationships.
An intake is an initial appointment where we spend time getting to know each other. It allows me to get a good picture of why you are seeking therapy and allows us to determine if we are good fit for each other. An intake appointment goes for 50-60 mins.
This is a standard appointment where we address your concerns. These appointments typically run 50 mins.
This is for psychotherapy appointments that go over 60 mins. Depending on how long the appointment lasts the rate will be prorated.
Health coaching works by giving people the confidence, knowledge, and skills to become active participants in their own care and achieve their self-identified health goals. Holistic health coaching uses an integrative approach to diet and lifestyle changes to improve the client’s health. The practice of health education within a coaching framework and context enhances wellbeing and facilitates the realization of health-related goals.
This appointment is available for health coaching purposes and is not apart of a package. Health coaching focuses more on physical health and may include behavior modification around exercise, nutrition, and health practices. Emotional and psychological health may be addressed in these appointments too but is different than a psychotherapy session.
This is a health coaching package that includes 6 weekly or bi-weekly sessions at a discounted rate of 10%
This is a health coaching package with 12 weekly or bi-weekly appointments discounted by 15%
I do not accept insurance, but let me explain why. Insurance companies often dictate who I can see and the treatment I can provide. This can limit the treatment you might be seeking. Insurance companies also do not provide adequate reimbursement rates to mental health professionals and I want to advocate for mental health therapists so that they receive better reimbursement. There is many facets to this problem, but one of the ways to address it is by not participating in a broken system. I am also involved in a legislative committee through the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association to address the issue with insurance and access to care, so I am trying to advocate for change in several different ways.
We can utilize out-of-network, which I discuss more in depth in the next FAQ. Please check with your insurance company to see if this is an option we can utilize.
Since I do not accept insurance, I do something called "cash pay." You pay me directly via credit/debit card through my portal system that I use. We can bill your insurance through out-of-network as well. In-network billing requires that a therapist is on a specific insurance panel in order to bill insurance directly for reimbursement of a session. In contrast, out of network billing allows therapists who do not have a formal contract with an insurance panel to bill the insurance company. Rather than using the in-network system of having a client pay a small copay and leaving it to insurance to reimburse the therapist for the rest, the therapist charges their client the full fee out of pocket and the insurance panel reimburses the client directly. Depending on the specific insurance policy, some policies do not offer any out of network benefits, while others offer nearly full coverage for out of network therapy session, so make sure to check with your insurance about out-of-network services.
I have an eclectic background and provide the following types of therapies