How I Work

My Philosophy About My Work
My focus is always on what’s happened to my clients (the source or cause) vs. what’s wrong with them (the symptoms). All behavior has meaning and purpose. It’s not just symptoms or a disorder. There are reasons people react or behave the way they do, and reactions / behaviors don’t mean a person is broken or mentally ill. Trauma, impacting the mind, body, and/or spirit, is common but its not the only reason behind emotions, behaviors, and reactions. I assess for trauma with all my clients yet I also watch for and often suggest other possible causes.

I believe in helping people take charge of, build, and maintain their own mental wellness. Everyone has the capability to gain or renew a personal sense of hope, joy, inner peace, calmness, self-control, purpose, and meaning in their lives. However, none of us have all the tools we need to live a fulfilling life. Each of us may need some assistance at times.

How I Work
I specialize in working with couples and families and also work with individuals and children. Over the years I’ve helped several thousand people with a wide variety of problems. Many of my clients have improved significantly, as much as 30 points from a pre-therapy starting point, in as few as 7 therapy sessions.

I work effectively with a range of reactions or problems people can have – stress, relationships, family issues, communication, anger, domestic violence, parenting, boundaries, substance use, grief and loss, mental illness, sexual abuse, and trauma / PTSD to name the primary ones.

Every aspect of the program I have here is structured and purposeful regardless of the problem, whether working with couples, families, children, individuals, or groups.
I provide hope, structure, case management, and education to help normalize clients’ reactions to their situations, and encourage my clients to make better choices in terms of diet, exercise, and socialization.

I initially meet with new clients for a free consultation. The next step, If you choose to work with me, is an in-depth assessment and treatment plan, followed by my recommendations about how to proceed. After these steps we’ll start actual therapy.

Safety is always my first priority. While therapy is not a one-size-fits all proposition, I initially start all my clients with skills to self-soothe and manage stress and emotions. Once we’ve covered safety, in and outside therapy sessions, we move into tailored therapy to work on specific areas or problems clients want assistance with.

I use a variety of theories, skills, and techniques in my work drawn from a range of therapy models – attachment and emotions, bilateral stimulation or EMDR, cognitive, energy-based, mindfulness, parts work, play therapy, sand tray, and body work, as well as trauma-informed practices.

Not everyone needs trauma therapy, but many do. The trauma therapy I provide is three-phased. The first phase focuses on safety. The second is indirect trauma work. The third and last phase is direct trauma work once clients have worked through the earlier material.

Billing and Fees
I am good at what I do. I charge a flat fee for my services and do not provide a sliding scale. I accept cash, credit cards, debit cards, cashier’s checks, and personal checks.

I do not bill insurance for a variety of reasons listed elsewhere on the website. However, I do provide clients, if they ask, with the information they need to file claims against their insurance.

I bill children’s therapy at a family therapy rate and expect parents/caregivers to be involved in the child’s therapy. Parents/caregivers must be involved in a child’s therapy or therapy will be ineffective.

I do not bill for missed appointments but do ask that clients call to cancel. If clients are late for a scheduled appointment they will be seen, but probably not for the full time period. Fees for partial sessions will be adjusted accordingly.

Lastly, I review progress with each of my clients periodically and provide a therapy summary and my recommendations at the end of each phase of therapy.

Have some questions or want to schedule a free consultation? Send me an email including your availability in the coming week. I’ll respond within 24-hours with a day and time that works for both of us.

My Fees

LIFE & Safety$50.001.0-hours
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy$65.001.5-hours
TRE sessions$25.001.0-hourbrief assessment prior to first session at no charge
Individual Assessment$150.00generally two 1-hour sessionsincludes treatment plan and recommendations
Couple / Family Assessment$200.00generally three 1-hour sessionsincludes treatment plan and recommendations
Direct Trauma Sessions$100.001.0-hour
Individual / Couple / Family Sessions$75.001.0-hour
Emotional Freedom Sessions$65.001.0 hour