In my private office or online through a secure telehealth platform, I offer a compassionate, transparent, honoring space to support your goals. Our meetings will typically occur weekly or every other week. Our time working together may involve only a few sessions or last several months to a year or longer. The amount of time spent in therapy depends on your needs and personal goals. Individual therapy may include multiple approaches (see Approaches).
Telehealth Therapy (online)
Accessibility is important to me. Online (telehealth) therapy sessions are a way to provide greater access to individual psychotherapy and is available to anyone. If you live in a rural or other area outside of Seattle, WA., if you are not able to travel outside of your home, if you need flexibility due to chronic illness or disability, if you have scheduling or other accessible needs, teletherapy may be a good fit for you.
*Please Note: I am only able to offer telehealth therapy to people who live in and are physically present in the state of Washington, per my license. Please contact me if you are interested in telehealth therapy, as there are additional privacy and policy forms to review and sign.
Expressive Arts - Extended Therapy
Expressive arts therapy provides an opportunity to deepen your healing work through different and integrated creative mediums (see Approaches). I use visual art, collage, expressive writing and poetry, sand tray, music, movement, 3D assemblage, altar making, mask making, photography, and weaving most often. Though I offer expressive arts therapy in a typical 50-minute session, there may be some expressive arts modalities and healing approaches that require scheduling a longer 75-minute session time. These sessions are scheduled after we have talked though your therapeutic goals.
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. I also accept cash at the time of service, but this must be discussed with me ahead of time as I will still request to have on file a credit or debit card. Rates are as follows:
for Intake - Initial Appointment to get established as a client session (both in-office and online) is 75-minutes long at $130 (or sliding scale fee as qualified)
for Individual Psychotherapy sessions (both in-office and online) are 50-minutes long at $120 per session.
for Individual Extended Expressive Arts Therapy sessions are 75-minutes long at $130 per session.
Out of Network Reimbursement
Depending on your provider some insurance companies will reimburse you for your psychotherapy 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 that I diagnose you 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.
I offer sliding scale through Open Path. I maintain a limited number of sliding scale fee spots. Sliding scale fees are offered on a as needed basis and determination of eligibility is based on your Open Path registration and eligibility. By offering a sliding scale, my focus is on providing access to psychotherapy for people that would otherwise not be able to access private psychotherapy services. Once you have been confirmed as an Open Path client and if I have open spaces at the time (this will be noted on my Open Path profile) to offer you a sliding scale fee at the time, the reduced fee will be offered on a contractual basis with a six month review of financial need per standards outlined in Open Path. Upon the contract review date, we will re-assess your therapeutic goals and determine if your sliding scale fees can be increased to allow for more me to open other spaces to clients in need of a lower sliding scale fee. Upon review of the 6 month contract, if you are determined to be able to pay a slightly higher sliding scale rate a new contract with a six month review policy will be signed or if able you will begin to pay my standard $120 per hour. I cannot promise that you will be accepted or renewed for a sliding scale fee at any time. If you would like more information about my sliding scale to access services, please contact me to discuss.
To cancel a scheduled session, a minimum of 24-hours in advance of your session is required. If prior and timely notification is not given, you will be charged the full session fee for the missed session. For accommodations related to illness or disability, I am also willing to meet for our scheduled appointment via telehealth, even if this is not our standard way of meeting. The 24-hour cancellation policy also applies to no shows for telehealth appointments.
Free 20-minute consultation It is important to have a initial phone consultation before deciding to work together. I want to make sure you have an understanding of what I am and am not able to offer in terms of services, what to expect from therapy with me, to discuss your initial therapy goals, to answer any questions you may have and to ultimately help us both make a decision about best fit. Call or email to schedule your free 20-minute phone consultation.
New Client Intake - Initial session Our first session will be 75 minutes. The focus is on getting to know one another, identifying your therapeutic goals based on past and present concerns, and going over and completing paperwork. You will be asked to bring the completed intake documents that will be sent to you prior to our meeting. We will go over these and sign them for our records. We will also set up your payment process and discuss ongoing scheduling.
Appointment request 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.