I am located in Seattle, Washington. I am licensed to see clients who reside in Washington state only.
All services my services are offered via Telehealth ONLY at this time and will remain so at least through 2023.
My mailing address is 2400 NW 80th Street PMB 530 Seattle, WA 98117.
Accessibility to services is not only a right but a very important justice issue to me in my personal life and therapy practice. Accessibility means many different things for different folks. While I strive to create a physical space and process that is as accessible as possible, it is difficult for people who do not have the same access needs or embodied experiences to get it all right, all of the time. I acknowledge that accessibility needs are broad, depend on the individual, may also intersect with other identity and cultural needs, and may depend on the day to day needs of the person. Within my practice I aim to create an accessible space for healing in multiple ways and work from a Disability Justice foundation.
I may not be able to meet all your accessible needs but I am committed to working with you to support you in accessing healing that is responsive to your needs for access around disability, chronic illness, chronic pain, and sensitivities. I also offer services through telehealth as an accessible option. If you have accessibility needs, please contact me to discuss.
The length of therapy depends on your goals, your symptoms, your initiative and commitment, your life situations, your beliefs and values and your expectations. Your participation in therapy is voluntary (unless court mandated). My goal is that you feel empowered, equipped, and confident to be your own healer and are connected in ways that will help you continue to grow and sustain you.
No. If you need medication, I will provide you with referrals to prescribers and collaborate with them regarding your treatment goals.
Medication is your choice. I believe in informed consent, working with an appropriate prescriber around your need and desire to engage in medication therapy. I will work with you to discuss the pros and cons of medication therapy in general and will work to help you to understand your resources and options. I do not prescribe medication and I do not have bias as to whether medication therapy is the best option for you or not. If there are symptoms that are making it difficult for us to work together effectively and which medication intervention may be helpful, we will discuss this in the context of your therapeutic goals and re-assess if I am the best fit for your needs.
I am not a Substance Abuse Specialist. While I have foundational training in substance use and in harm reduction if you are actively using to the extent that it has become difficult or impossible to manage and it is having a significant impact on your life and/or is your primary concern, I will assist you in finding a therapist or other professionals and services that are able to better support you, your recovery, or other plans for care than I may able to at this time and what you deserve. I generally request that a person is at least a year into their recovery and/or connected to other specialists or services in order to work with me. I am more than willing to work with you in collaboration with other providers who specialize in substance use to ensure you have the best care. Please contact me to discuss more about how I can best support you.
I only accept private pay. I do not accept insurance at this time. You are responsible for any and all charges incurred in our work together. I will keep your credit card on file and it will be charged at the end of each session. I utilize two HIPAA compliant payment systems, Stripe by Simple Practice and Ivy Pay. Your credit card information is stored only in these secure systems. I also accept payment via Heath Savings Accounts (HSA) and Medical Savings Accounts (MSA).
Rates for individual therapy are as follows:
Initial Assessment (75 min): the intake & initial assessment fee is $150
Individual Psychotherapy (50min): $130 per session
Individual Psychotherapy - Extended Session (90 min): $150 per session
Rates for therapeutic groups are as follows:
for Therapeutic Healing Groups rates vary and are indicated in the information about the group and given ahead of registration.
Rates for community groups, agencies, and consultation are as follows: (please contact me at [email protected] for more information and consultation.)
for Community & Agency Group Expressive Arts Workshops fee will be negotiated depending on several factors.
for Professional Consultation fees for consultations related to my specialties or focus populations are $80 for 30 minutes.
for Professional Facilitation & Mediation fees vary depending on content, goals, time, preparation, and group size.
for Presentations fees vary depending on depending on content, goals, time, preparation, and group size.
*Please Note: I reserve the right to update my fees to be consistent with area averages, my training and skills, and the clinical services I offer. These may change at any time, and I will notify you in writing of these changes prior to going into effect. If any fee increase will pose a hardship to you, let me know and we will discuss your options.
I accept all major credit cards as forms of payment. I will keep your credit card on file and it will be charged at the end of each session. I utilize two HIPAA compliant payment systems, Stripe by Simple Practice and Ivy Pay. Your credit card information is stored only in these secure systems. If you need to pay with cash, I will still request to have on file a credit or debit card. You will received an invoice for services and monthly statement of your paid balance.
It is important to me to try to make my therapy services as accessible as possible. I maintain a limited number of reduced fee spots in my practice. By offering a reduced fee it is my intention to provide options for people who are uninsured, whose insurance does not cover mental health, people who do not meet the clinical criteria for reimbursement through their insurance, or people who would otherwise not be able to access private therapy services that offer the specialties and modalities that I offer. I also offer a reduced fee for therapy through Open Path Psychotherapy Collective (FAQs)
If you would like to request a reduce fee or would like more information please contact me to discuss.
PLEASE NOTE: My Reduced Fee slots are reserved for people who are uninsured, underinsured, or who do not wish to use insurance for reimbursement.
I do not accept insurance at this time. You may be able to claim a reimbursement for some of your payment towards therapy via "Out of Network". Depending on your provider some insurance companies will reimburse you for your therapy services from therapists who are out of network (do not accept their insurance plan). I can provide you with a superbill (a detailed receipt of services and must include a diagnosis) for an out of network insurance claim.
Please contact your insurance provider to verify if and how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services out of network. Please note you will still have to pay at the time of service. I recommend calling and asking your insurance provider the following questions to help determine your benefits:
- Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
- Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
- Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?
- Will my health insurance plan reimburse out of network? If so, how much and what is the process for reimbursement?
**Please be aware that health insurance companies require a diagnosis with a mental health condition before they will agree to pay a reimbursement. Many conditions for which people seek counseling do not qualify for reimbursement. If a mental health diagnosis is made it becomes a permanent record of your insurance. If a mental health diagnosis is appropriate in your case, I will inform you of the diagnosis and what that means for you.
My services are considered Out-of-Network for ALL insurance plans for mental/behavioral health services. Here some information about my decision not to accept insurance:
It is important to me that you are able to receive the most person centered, integrative, and confidential care as possible. My priority is working with you, meeting your needs, addressing all your concerns and tending to the complexity that is healing - I do not want to modify the services you receive or go against my training and/or clinical knowledge to work with insurance companies.
To have mental/behavioral heath services covered by insurance, as your therapist I am required to give you a diagnosis based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) - 5. The DSM-5 is a compilation of statistics that categorize mental health concerns, addressing these concerns from a clinical/medical model pathology framework. The specific criteria of a particular diagnosis may or may not address all of the complexities of your mental health experiences and needs. Often it does not address concerns that are legitimate experiences that affect our mental wellness like racism, ableism, other experiences of oppression, grief, historical trauma, or other concerns you may have. I am trained in multiple trauma based modalities and work from an understanding of historical, intergenerational, complex and social trauma and integrative and culturally responsive perspectives. These are not addressed or included in the DSM-5. Many concerns that do not meet the criteria as outlined in the DSM-5. In addition, many highly regarded, culturally responsive, and effective trauma and healing frameworks are not often viewed as valid or timely within various insurance criteria. A clinical diagnosis is a helpful guide in treatment planning and may hold affirming value for understanding what you are experiencing and also necessary to access to certain services and care, it may also imply something is wrong with you that needs to be fixed or cured. I work less from the medical model framework of "what is wrong with you", and more in the framework of what has happened to you, what is still happening to you and how your experiences, both internal and external, impacts your wellness and ability to live the life you wish for. As a politicized therapist, I believe that a focus just on diagnosis and "fixing" or "curing" - within a set time frame - and narrow prescriptions of therapy, often disregards the complexities of a person's lived experiences, including those connected to experiences of oppression, historical and systemic trauma, and social injustice. When you use insurance, your carrier has access to your therapist's session notes which contain your private health information. This allows your carrier to dictate the type and duration of care you receive. Diagnosis is used in insurance for them to determine what and how much care is allotted to you and doesn't always support the deeper, more complex and culturally succinct healing you deserve.
My goal is to develop a treatment/healing plan in collaboration with you based on the life you imagine and live, based on your healing needs, your privacy concerns, and using the modalities that resonate most with you and NOT what an insurance company says is right for you.
Each appointment is an opportunity for you to take time with and honor yourself in your healing and growth journey with support. I understand life happens and things come up, and at times you may need to miss your appointment. If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment you may do so via the secure client portal or by secure messaging or calling me. I require notification of cancellation at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time. Please understand that I set aside this time for you, and if you are unable to make it, I will have missed an opportunity to open the appointment time to another client. This policy is in place to give me enough time to ensure all my clients have access to the appointment times they need. If you fail to cancel within the 24 hours prior to your appointment a $60 fee will be charged to the credit card on file for you. If you re-schedule for another appointment in that same week, I will waive the $60 fee. After three violations of this agreement, meaning, you failed to notify me within 24 hours of your appointment time and/or were a no show to an appointment three times, I reserve the right to terminate your services with me.
Once you are an established client, you will be able to schedule your regular appointments through the Secure Client Portal. For extended therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, or all other appointments with me, you will need to contact me via phone or email to schedule. Please note if you do not schedule a standing time with me, available times are first come, first serve.
For existing clients go to the Secure Client Portal