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Frequently Asked Questions

It's common to have a million questions about what to expect from therapy and your therapist, even if you've been in therapy before. If your questions aren't answered below, don't hesitate to reach out.

What if I’m in crisis and need to talk to someone immediately?

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room. If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis and would like to talk to someone immediately, volunteers are available 24/7 at the following help hotlines: - Suicide and Crisis Hotline: Text or call 988 - Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741 - LGBTQ+ Crisis Support (The Trevor Project): Call 1-866-488-7386 or text 678-678

How much does a therapy session cost?

A 50-minute psychotherapy session is $150, and the one-time 90-minute intake assessment is $200. I reserve a limited number of lower-cost slots to make therapy more accessible to those of a lower income bracket. Please let me know if you are in need of a reduced rate to attend therapy. All clients begin with a complimentary 15-minute consultation to determine if we're a good fit for therapy. For full details, see my Fees & Services page.

Do you take insurance?

At this time, I’m unable to bill insurance. I can provide you with a monthly superbill that may be sent to your insurance for reimbursement. Please note: You are strongly encouraged to check with your insurance prior to your first appointment to understand if they will reimburse the cost of out-of-network providers—and if so, what portion, how many sessions, and how long reimbursement will take. See Fees & Services page for more info.

Do you offer telehealth and/or in-person sessions?

My practice is currently telehealth only, but I hope to offer in-person appointments in Bellingham, WA soon! My licenses only allow me to see clients who are physically located in Washington State.

How long should I expect to be in therapy?

This varies from person-to-person. You have complete say over how long you’d like to attend therapy, and can end at any time for any reason. Sometimes, therapy is a short-term jumpstart; some clients only need a few sessions to find their footing on an issue or goal. For others, it’s a long-term process (months or years) of cultivating new tools, patterns, and authentic identity. But ultimately, your therapy timeline is yours to own. I’m here to support you for just a short leg of it or the longer haul.

How do I schedule a session?

New and existing clients are able to submit appointment requests through this HIPAA-secure client portal. With most clients, I will offer a dedicated hour block each week that is consistently and predictably your time. You are always welcome to email or text me directly with scheduling questions if you prefer.

Do you only work with addiction or substance use issues?

Not exclusively! I work with clients on a wide range of mental health issues. Whether or not you’re dealing with addiction/substance use issues, please reach out and we’ll see how things fit.

Are you able to see children, teenagers, couples, or families?

I work individually with clients ages 16+. At this time, I don’t offer sessions for couples, families, or kids under the age of 16.

I’m a parent and would like my teen to see you for counseling. How involved will I be in their therapy process?

I fully appreciate your concern for your child. I aim to work as collaboratively as possible with parents while maintaining ethical and legal boundaries intended to protect your teen’s trust and privacy. In the state of Washington, 13 is the legal age of consent for outpatient mental health and substance use treatment, which means they are granted the same privacy rights as adults over the age of 18. So your involvement will largely depend on your teen’s preferences. I let all of my teenage clients know that, legally, I can’t share details from our sessions with parents unless I have their written consent to do so. They will be able to indicate the specific reasons for which I may reach out to you (i.e., billing, scheduling, imminent safety concerns). If you are named as their emergency contact with express permission to contact you in emergency situations, I will reach out to you directly with any major safety concerns. Rest assured, even if your teen does not allow me to communicate with you in any capacity, I have a legal duty to contact protective or emergency services if I believe your child is in harm’s way. With your child’s written consent, you may also be invited to attend their first intake session. This can be an opportunity to get on the same page in terms of what to expect, and address any concerns you might have. I welcome emails from parents if there’s anything you’d like to share with me, but know that I will discuss these communications with your child. This communication will be one-way, since, by law, I cannot disclose information from our sessions without written permission from your teen, and will not respond to these communications unless I have their consent to correspond. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend their own counseling while their teen receives therapy. Issues in teenagers often arise as a result of pain in the family system. I am happy to provide referrals to individual counseling for a parent or family counseling if you’d like to work directly and collaboratively with your teen.

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