I offer counseling services for individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children. I don't have a specific counseling style. Some people prefer talking it out. Some people like a 'mindfulness' approach. Others find the body-centered approach of Hakomi resonates with them. With children play and art therapy helps them feel comfortable. Part of us getting to know each other in our counseling sessions is finding the way that works best for you.
What can I expect at my first visit?
At your first visit I'll collect some basic information, including insurance information if you have it. I'll discuss how my sessions usually work, and answer any questions you may have about the process. We will discuss what brought you to counseling, what your goals are, and any questions you might have. The first session is a lot about getting to know each other, to see if we 'fit'. It's incredibly important in counseling that you feel comfortable with your therapist. Sometimes a therapist and client don't click for a number of reasons, and that's okay! I want to hear if that's the case, and I'll do what I can to either ease your concerns or help you find a therapist that might suit you better.
How long will I go to counseling?
That question totally depends on you! Some people have a specific problem they are trying to work through that might only take a few sessions. Others come for months, even years. It just depends on what your needs are.
What is Hakomi Therapy?
The best place to learn about Hakomi Therapy is the Hakomi Institute's website. I completed a two-year Hakomi Training in 2009, and am working towards being a Certified Hakomi Therapist.
Am I 'crazy' if I go to counseling?
Am I a failure if I can't solve my own problems?
There is an unfortunate stigma that some associate with counseling that keeps people from getting the help they need. There is nothing negative about being in counseling. What deciding to go to therapy says is that you are wise enough to know you have thoughts or feelings or situations that you aren't sure how to handle, and brave enough to be willing to do whatever you need to to find your peace
What do you charge for counseling?
My standard fee is $100 per session. For those that pay with cash/credit card rather than insurance I offer a sliding scale that can be discussed during or prior to your first session. Either an insurance co-pay or the agreed-upon fee will be collected at each visit.
What types of insurance do you take?
I take Anthem, Cigna, Great-West, Humana, and United Behavioral Health. Please check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to obtain necessary pre-approvals. Please understand that by submitting your sessions to insurance I must provide a 'diagnosis' to bill your insurance under. This diagnosis will become part of your healthcare history, and will be visible when applying for future health insurance, life insurance, etc. For some people the insurance coverage is the only way they can afford counseling, which is why I take it. However, it's important to understand what happens when I submit those claims.
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