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Information for prospective and existing clients
Trauma is a normal result of exposure to abnormal events which may evolve into a set of painful and confusing reactions. These reactions oftentimes challenge core beliefs one has about oneself. In the depths of trauma, one may lose parts of oneself. By utilizing a myriad of approaches - in helping to support clients develop awareness and overcoming life's stressors, triggers and root causes - I assist client's to not just cope, but thrive with life on life's terms.
Just as every shoe does not fit every foot, not every therapist fits every client and vice versa. Your relationship with your therapist is a core element to your success in therapy. That is why I offer a free 20-30 minute initial consultation for any client who is seeking a therapist. This time is used to introduce ourselves, ask questions and obtain information. Here is a useful article on things to consider when looking for a therapist.
Please download and complete these fillable forms in preparation for your first session along with your insurance card. Bringing these with you to your first appointment will allow us to utilize our initial session more effectively. Allow 15-20 minutes to complete this form.
Release of Information (only necessary if coordination with other professionals is appropriate)
Consent to Participate in Wellness Check (only necessary for agency wellness-checks)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of a session?
The average cost of a session is $150-$200. Initial sessions are $250. A sliding fee scale may be available for those who are paying out of pocket.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes. I am credentialed with multiple insurance companies and Employee Assistance Programs:
MODA (formerly ODS)
Humana/ Life Sync
Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Choice Health
I make reasonable attempts to work with companies for whom I am out of network. Please contact your insurance company to verify your out of network benefits. More flexible payment options may be available for out of network clients.
I've heard about EMDR but not really sure about it. Can you explain it for me?
When something disturbing happens, it gets stored in the brain in a way that our nervous system feels that event is either going to happen again or is happening now, oftentimes in ways which we cannot pinpoint. When some event happens that may be similar or just has an element that reminds our system of the original event (called a "trigger"), the brain reacts as if the original disturbing event is happening.
EMDR works to lessen the impact these experiences have on you today by moving the memory of the original event to a more functional part of the brain so that we can experience the event as actually being in the past. The events that used to trigger the brain into over-reaction no longer have that effect. The person can now respond to the present without the past memories interfering. EMDR does not remove or change your memories, but assists to make them less difficult to recall.
More information about EMDR can be found here, at www.emdria.org
If you are a potential new client, you must contact me prior to scheduling.
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