My approach to wellness incorporates modern clinical methods as well as natural and traditional concepts of personal and spiritual growth and healing. I don't believe there is any one right way to heal and grow as a person. I believe that each individual has their own unique set of beliefs that can be incorporated into the course of treatment rather than brushed aside solely for evidence based practices. While I utilize clinical methods on a daily basis with all clients, I strongly believe that each person's unique spiritualism, holistic practices, beliefs, and personal culture can be brought to life in the treatment room in conjuction with clinical tools to create optimal progress and healing.
Child & Adolescent
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Marital and Premarital
Trauma and PTSD
I also believe in transparency regarding financial cost for treatment. I do not accept insurance at this time and am not "in network" for any insurance companies, therefore, services are out of pocket for the client. My fee is $125 per 45 minute individual, couples, or family session. EMDR sessions tend to run 60 minutes and those sessions are $150 due to length of time needed. Additionally, I recommend weekly sessions for clients, especially in the beginning of treatment. The reason for this is I have found bi-monthly sessions usually end up being 45 minutes of "catch up" from the events of the past weeks, leaving little to no time to delve into the work you are seeking support with. That being said, I do work with some clients on a bi-monthly basis, but this decision is made together and far later into treatment.
Many clients choose not to submit to their insurance companies for a number of reasons, the largest of which is personal privacy. In order to submit to insurance, a person will need a diagnostic code identifying the reason they are attending treatment based on symptoms over time. While I don't personally believe in the concept of everyone having a diagnosis, it is a requirement of insurance companies in order to reimburse. In addition, many people feel that they do not want this code shared within their health benefit network and with affiliated health insurance entities. In this case, clients often elect to pay out of pocket and not involve insurance.
If you feel utilizing your insurance is best for you, I would recommend looking into whether you have "out of network" benefits which means you can see any therapist of your choosing, pay the therapist directly, and your insurance company will reimburse you for some (and occasionally all) of your expenses. I will provide you with an invoice outlining your payments so your may submit for this reimbursement. If you are thinking of going this route, I recommend inquiring about the following with your insurance company:
What are my outpatient mental health benefits and what is your reimbursement rate or percentage?
How much will I be responsible for?
Is there a deductible I must meet prior to being reimbursed for my out of pocket payments?
Is there a limit to how many sessions are covered, how much money is allowed for mental health, and is there a difference depending on diagnostic codes?
Is a referral necessary from a primary care provider prior to reimbursement?
Is there specific documentation I need to fill out?
How long will it take me to get reimbursed?
If you do not have out of network benefits and cannot afford the above outlined fees based on your income or financial situation, I do offer a sliding scale that can be discussed if no other options are available or feasible to you.
Therapy should be accessible, not impossible.
Whether you are looking for a specific type of treatment or a more personal approach to support, we can work together to come up with a set of goals that feel comfortable and true to you. Below you will find some of the treatment methods I utilize with clients as well as some less clinical support options.
CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is a modality that focuses on identifying unhelpful patterns of thinking and how they impact one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Identifying the unhelpful thinking styles allows the individual and therapist to work together to develop alternative ways of managing stress, coping with environmental triggers, and having an overall relationship with oneself. Distress can be appropriately managed by shifting the person's relationship with their thoughts, feelings, and actions. We can work together to identify troublesome thought patterns and help you replace them with healthier and more effective coping!
EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, aims to reduce the role of distressing memories in PTSD and other traumas. The idea is that traumatic memories and experiences overwhelm the brain's ability to cope with the trauma and the experiences are not processed effectively. This modality utilizes trauma recall coupled with bilateral stimuli to engage the brain in adaptive coping which then leads to relief of distress. EMDR is especially helpful and effective for survivors of trauma, first responders, and military, but can work for almost anyone! You don't have to have experienced a specific trauma to benefit from EMDR, we can work together to identify ways you could benefit from decreasing distress and increasing the peace in your life.
Mindfulness is an approach that encourages the client to coexist with their thoughts and feelings without necessarily reacting to them. The goal for the client is to identify incoming triggers or stimuli and to learn to respond and reflect upon the stimuli rather than reacting. This enables the individual to detach from the thoughts and emotions that typically lead to self-doubt, criticism, and depression and reflect upon them in a healthier way. Mindfulness can be practiced in daily life in many ways including eating, walking, breathing, etc., you don't have to go through your day anxious or with your mind racing, we can help you quiet the noise and focus on what you love.
Parenting can be one of the most challenging jobs in the world but it can also be one of the most rewarding. The old saying goes that parenthood doesn't come with a rulebook, and while that's true, it doesn't mean you can be supported throughout your journey with your family. I have worked with individuals, couples, adoptive parents, and families in a one on one as well as group settings to help develop tools and techniques to manage tantrums, boundaries, troublesome behaviors, school refusal, bullying concerns, and more. Whatever is going on for you at home, you are not the first or last parents to experience it. I can help you restore peace in your life, marriage, relationships, and home while parenting in an effective and healthy way.
Whether you're married, in a relationship, considering a long term commitment, or simply looking to work on some things, communication is going to be essential to reaching your goals. Relationships are a balancing act of putting your needs and another's together and finding a way to meet them both in a healthy and successful way. Sometimes there are challenges such as lying, infidelity, lack of intimacy (physical or emotional), lapses in communication, and more. These do not have to mean the end of a coupling. We can work together as a team to support you through whatever is going on right now and help you get to your future in a healthy way, no matter what that looks like.
Maybe you're not looking for a clinical approach to help you manage some challenges that have cropped up in your life. Maybe you are simply trying to figure out who you are and where you fit in the world whether that means your job, education, relationships, gender, sexuality, spirituality, religious belief, health, lifestyle or anything else you may be seeking an ear for. We can work together in a more informal way to help you find out exactly what it is you think you want to achieve at this point in your life, and where you would like to go from here. Simply having a neutral person to explore ideas with can be a major factor in affecting positive change and growth.
Therapy doesn't have to be all talk, in fact, I find talk-only therapy can be less effective for some people than when it is combined with more creative, less verbal modalities. Having come from an art background prior to my clinical education and career, I understand theoretically as well as practically the significant positive impact that art and other creative outlets can have on emotional processing and healing. If talk therapy feels too close, invasive, or threatening to you at this point in your process, we can work together to come up with another method of supporting you in your journey. Whether through classical art therapy techniques, sandtray work, written expression or something else, rest assured that options exist.