What are the benefits of private pay?
Choosing to pay privately (without insurance) helps to ensure your utmost confidentiality and privacy when working together. I do not need to release your records to any third party without your consent. Also, when using your insurance, I must diagnose you with a mental health condition that will become part of your medical record. If you choose to pay privately, information about the nature of your treatment and the issues discussed in sessions will remain solely between you and I. Thus, it is important to consider which option you prefer and are most comfortable with prior to beginning treatment. You can read more about the benefits of paying out of pocket here.
How do you decide your rates?
My private pay rates are competitive to the area served and the services provided. I am a specialist in the field of anxiety, perfectionism, and mindfulness-based treatment with years of post-graduate education, training, and credentials. Rates take into consideration my education, training, experience, and current insurance reimbursement rates in Colorado. Please note that payment is due at the time of service.
Do you offer sessions in person?
At this time, I am only meeting with clients via remote video conferencing ("teletherapy"). I do not offer in person sessions.
Do you provide couples/marriage counseling?
I do not provide couples or marriage counseling. I offer individual therapy to adults ages 18 and over who reside in Colorado. Individual therapy is often recommended as a supplement to couples counseling so each person has a safe space to process what was discussed in their couples session and I may be able to assist in this regard. I also often provide individual therapy to address relationship concerns specifically (i.e. communication struggles, trouble setting boundaries, vulnerability and connection concerns).
Since your sessions are remote, can you meet with anyone anywhere?
Almost! While I am licensed in the state of Colorado, I am also credentialed under PSYPACT. This is credential allows qualifying psychologists to practice across state lines in all PSYPACT participating states.
Can I contact you on behalf of a loved one to help them start therapy?
I appreciate wanting to get help for a loved one, however this person will need to contact me directly to start therapy. Starting therapy is an individual and personal choice. I cannot work with family or friends to start another person in therapy.
If you have concern for the safety of a loved one, please contact the national crisis line, 988 for assistance. If you believe your loved one's safety is at immediate risk, please contact 911.
How long does therapy last, and how often do I need to come?
The length of time therapy takes varies for each client and is influenced by the presenting problem as well as the goals of the client. I prefer to see clients on a weekly basis at the outset of therapy to develop an accurate understanding of who you are and your developmental history, as well as understand your needs and formulate a specific treatment plan. I also implement treatment outcome measures to help assess progress and the effectiveness of the therapeutic process. Once we feel that progress has been made or your symptoms have improved, we can reduce frequency of treatment to biweekly, monthly, or as needed.
How does it work? What do I do in sessions?
I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. No two sessions are alike. In general, you can expect to discuss the current happenings in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session or outside of your session. I like to utilize research, therapeutic exercises, mindfulness tools, books, and other resources in our session. I am also of the mindset that therapy happens outside our therapy room via practice in your day to day living. To this end, I often assign "homework" to be practiced between our sessions.
How can I get the most out of therapy?
Commitment to your growth and change and collaborating in the therapeutic process is key. This includes taking chances, being open, showing up on time and attending sessions regularly, doing the homework and being patient as you allow the process to work. Unwanted habits are not learned overnight, and they will take time to unlearn. You’ve spent years developing some of the relationship dynamics, insecurities, or negative self-talk that may be keeping you from reaching your goals. The purpose of therapy is to educate and provide tools and skills you can practice in your life so you don’t need it anymore. This process is most effective with persistent and consistent engagement and practice with the goal of providing this guidance on your own!