How do I initiate services? You can contact me through email or phone if you have any questions or concerns before starting treatment. I understand that counseling can be scary and a good fit between client and counselor is important. If you are feeling ready to get started you can click the “Request Appointment” link to see my current schedule and availability. If there is not availability on the calendar feel free to reach out to me by phone or email to get on my waitlist.
Once your appointment is booked you will get an email to access your client portal, this is an efficient and paperless way for you to do your required paperwork and it makes it easy for me to access it in the system. Please be aware all paperwork must be complete in order for us to have our initial appointment.
What is my client portal? Your client portal is a quick and easy way for you to access your information in my system. You can update your information, change forms of payments, fill out documents, view your appointments and cancel or request new appointments, view invoices and statements, and pay bills.
What is counseling like?
The intake: Our first session will look different than other sessions, my goal is to get to know you, your history, the issues you are facing as well as fulfill any of my obligations to your insurance company. During the intake, I will be asking you questions and taking notes so I may develop a thorough understanding of what is happening for you. Typically, I reserve goal setting and creating a treatment plan for our second session. In general I prefer to meet weekly with my clients, especially at the start of things. I will reserve a recurring weekly appointment time slot for you so that it is easy for you to remember and plan around.
The Process After we have established your goals we will work together to build a therapeutic relationship. I will work to provide you with support and radical acceptance. I hope to build trust and allow our time together to be one of honesty and change. Through our conversations I hope that you will find awareness and insight into your life.
If you believe EMDR is a good fit for you then after building a relationship we will move into the EMDR process. This is a process that I will thoroughly explain and prepare you for. If you want to learn more about what to expect from EMDR click here.
Ending Therapy Eventually, there will come a time when you feel like you are ready to tackle life without counseling and it will be time for you to graduate. This is an amazing thing! Graduating from counseling can be a bittersweet moment, one of pride and love as well as loss. Letting go of a therapeutic relationship is not a small thing and can be very difficult. As part of the graduating process we will work together to celebrate your progress, grieve the ending of our relationship, and prepare for a healthy goodbye. The ending of therapy is an important piece to the process and I strive to make sure you are ready to say goodbye
How do I pay for counseling?
Using Insurance I am currently able to work with several health insurance companies as an in-network or out-of-network mental health provider. Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance. Insurance I am currently accepting: Blue Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield, IPN, Pacific Source, and Regence.
Because plans differ greatly and it can be confusing, I encourage you to contact your insurance company and ask them about your mental health benefits. Please be aware that I cannot predict or guarantee what amount, if any, your insurance will reimburse and you will be responsible for the remaining amount. Also, most insurance companies require a clinical mental health diagnosis to qualify.
Payment Policy Payment is due at the time of rendering services, either immediately before or after the therapy session. Acceptable forms of payment include Cash, Check, Credit or Debit, or online via Client Portal.
Fees for services vary depending on the type of counseling service, length of service, and contracted rates with insurance.
Reduced fees (i.e., sliding scale) and pro-bono services are available upon request and are based on availability and verified need.
Please call me to discuss any concerns you might have about session fees so you know exactly what you can expect.
Good Faith Estimate Notice Under the “no surprises act,” health care providers must provide un-insured or self-pay patients, upon request, a “Good Faith Estimate” of the total expected charges for non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You may ask your provider for this estimate before you schedule a service and have the right to file a dispute of charges if you receive a bill $400+ above the estimate, so long as the dispute is filed within 120 days of the disputed invoice. Make sure to save a copy of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, talk with your counselor and/or visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.
Cancellation/ No-Show Policy I understand that sometimes life can interrupt the best laid plans. However, in respect of our valuable therapeutic time together, I ask that if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment you contact me by 8 am the day of your appointment. Failure to notify me that you need to cancel or reschedule by 8 am the day of your appointment will result in a $80 fee. Please note that health insurance plans do not cover missed appointments and it will be your responsibility to promptly pay