FAQ

Do you accept insurance?

My services are self pay, which means that I am not "in network" with any insurance companies at this time.  Allowing you to privately pay provides you with more control and flexibility around your therapy experience.​

Why don't you accept insurance?

Insurance companies require a diagnosis to be given for reimbursement of services.  My approach to healing work does not align with assigning a diagnosis, which can result in a negative impact to a client's perception of themselves, their professional careers, and personal lives if someone attempts to weaponize a diagnosis causing further stigma around mental health as well as barriers to treatment.  Often times a diagnosis can diminish a client's intuitive healing process by believing a label over their inherent ability to become an advocate of their own healing.

Additionally, when utilizing insurance, the insurance provider often determines what kind of therapy you can receive and how long therapy should last.  Further, the privacy of your records is limited as the diagnosis becomes part of your medical record.  Sometimes such medical records can impact your future for insurance coverage (life and medical), employment, custody proceedings, and more. 

A large part of healing from trauma is finding one's voice, developing autonomy, and freedom of choice. In therapy, this is partially done through empowerment to choose what type of therapy you will engage in, for how long, and what is included in your medical record.  Often times, therapy is the first place client's begin to exercise their right to choose thus empowering their own voice, advocating for themselves, and restoring their self-trust. 

You can learn more here regarding use of insurance and the limitations it presents:

Impact to psyche & therapeutic process

Avoid Diagnosis (except for insurance companies) by Dr Yalom, MD, Psychotherapist

Obstacles to other insurance at affordable rates

A mental health diagnosis can prevent people from qualifying for life insurance or increasing their existing plan.

If you’ve experienced a mental illness like depression or bipolar disorder, you may have to disclose it to insurers. Find out if you’re affected and the laws that protect you.  by GoCompare.com

You can get life insurance even if you have mental illness but you will have to pay higher premiums. Insurer reviews your medical records before giving you a policy.  by Insurance.com

Barriers to career opportunities

The stigma of mental illness often has a greater impact on people’s employment prospects than physical disability or illness, Australian researchers reported today.  by MedicalNewsToday.com

The short answer is yes—stigma does prevent people with mental illness from getting a job.  by NAMI

Hinderance to financial ability

Using Credit Scores to Understand Predictors and Consequences of Disease by American Journal of Public Health

Therapy Is Expensive, Is It Worth It?

The national standard rate for therapy is $150 - $250 per session, thus careful consideration needs to be given when selecting who you will work with. Therapy is an investment in yourself, requiring personal resources of time, energy, and money.  It is a serious commitment you make to yourself, one that requires intentionality.  Committing to this type of work often leads to profound changes in your overall well-being (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual), relationships, and career. 

Our clients have often dedicated significant amounts of their personal resources to their education, careers, lifestyle, and health. They frequently are seeking deeper areas of growth, increasing self-confidence, ability to cultivate a lifestyle aligned with their values, authenticity and freedom. 

How Often Should We Meet To Be Effective?

When you first enter therapy, sessions are booked on a weekly basis, building a foundation to enter into deeper work.  After a time, sessions are then reduced to bi-weekly, monthly, and finally transitioning to "maintenance" for times when life requires extra support.  This frame work sets the stage for you to carry this consistency into your life outside of the therapy session. 

What Can I Expect?

PHONE CONSULTATION  a free 15 minute phone consultation can be scheduled to answer any questions you may have and to ensure we both feel services are the right fit for your unique needs.

CLIENT PORTAL  once an appointment time has been scheduled, you will receive an email invitation to the client portal to completed required paperwork prior to your scheduled appointment.  All paperwork must be completed prior to the first session. 

FIRST SESSION  a thorough history will be obtained at the first session, determined by your comfortability level. Assessments may be administered at the first session to assist the clinician in developing a fuller understanding of the client. The first session focuses on building rapport and therapeutic alliance. 

SUBSEQUENT SESSIONS  we will begin the journey of processing past experiences, identifying barriers to growth and success as well as developing resiliency skills. We will identify goals and strengths to create a map for your individualized growth and healing leading to self-empowerment, increased self-esteem and well-being.