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 $100 per 45 minute individual, couples, or family session. EMDR sessions tend to run 60 minutes due to the need for longer time, and those sessions may run up to $125 depending on 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.
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!
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 learning 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.