How I Work

How I Work
I specialize on relationships – couples and families, as well as children and individuals. I’m good at what I do and have the numbers to back that up that claim.

Some of the specific problems I work with include trauma/PTSD, sexual abuse, stress, infidelity, anger and emotions, parenting, grief and loss, mental wellness, substance use, and recovery. All of theses can and do impact couples and families.

In all these areas I address what’s happened to you versus what’s wrong with you. And I believe in helping you take charge, build, and maintain your own wellness in eight areas, not solely mental wellness.

The following pages in this section of the website, How I Work,  have details about how I work with relationships and other issues.

I try to keep therapy fun and light-hearted, focusing more on strengths than weaknesses or problems. However, I’m probably not a good choice if you’re looking for a therapist to have pleasant conversations with or someone to vent your problems with. Therapy is work, I hold my clients accountable for their work, and those who’ve had success with me worked in therapy.

Every aspect of my program is structured and purposeful regardless of the problem. I provide hope, structure, case management, and education to help normalize your reactions to what’s happened to you.

I provide a free consultation to all new clients, either over the phone or face to face. 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 of therapy sessions, we move into tailored therapy to work on specific areas or problems you might 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, solution-focused, energy-based, mindfulness, parts work, play therapy, sand tray, and body work, as well as trauma-informed practices.

I strongly encourage all my clients to do some form of regular bodywork (TRE, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, massage therapy, etc.) and exercise, improve their diets and nutrition, socialize with family and friends, engage in hobbies or recreation, and have some fun in their lives.

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.

Billing and Fees
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 will provide you with the information you need to file claims against your insurance if you ask. However, I will have to label you with a psychiatric diagnosis if you choose this route.

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.

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

Initial ConsultationFree15-30 minutesBy phone or in person. Call or email to schedule.
Individual Assessment$150.00Generally two 1-hour sessions.Includes treatment plan and therapy recommendations.
Couple / Family Assessment$200.00Generally three 1-hour sessions.Includes treatment plan and therapy recommendations.
LIFE & Safety$50.001-hour sessionsI start everyone here for at least 2 sessions to ensure safety and do similar work with couples and families.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)$65.001.5-hour sessionsTypically 9-14 sessions to complete this phase of work.
TRE sessions$25.001-hour sessionsBrief assessment prior to first session, and generally 3 guided sessions.
Individual / Couple / Family Sessions$75.001-hour sessionsTypically at least 10 sessions needed to adequately resolve problems.
Direct Trauma Sessions$100.001.5-hour sessionsDirect trauma work is open-ended. At least 10 sessions and more may be needed.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)$65.001.5-hour sessionsGenerally 6-7 sessions but may require more to resolve problems.