Frequently Asked Questions
I notice you incorporate Christianity. Do I have to be a Christian to work with you?
Regardless of who you are, I hope you feel welcome and safe when working with me. While incorporating faith/spirituality can be essential to healing, each person comes with a different definition. Though I am a woman of faith, YOU determine how little or how much you bring religion/spirituality/Christianity into the mix.
What don’t you work with?
I feel passionate about “staying in my lane” of specialty and quickly telling clients when another provider would be better. I typically offer referrals for the following: addictions, couples therapy, play therapy, personality disorders, neurodivergence, disordered eating, psychosis, and bipolar disorder. While I may have experience in some of these areas, grief and trauma are the focus of my practice now. If my services are not the best fit, I am happy to offer referrals for someone you might find who is a good fit.
What can I expect from counseling?
My therapy process is goal-driven and client directed. That means our work is correlated with specific goals YOU define at the start of counseling. We will check in on those goals throughout our time together. You must know that I aim to work myself out of a job. While I’m grateful for my time with each client, I hope that there is a time that they do not require counseling services. That timeline looks different for each client; once they achieve their objectives, they typically graduate from counseling services.
Is EMDR only for trauma?
EMDR is for more than trauma; it is also used for performance enhancement to improve your ability to excel in business, athletics, and relationships.
How does intensive EMDR therapy compare to traditional weekly treatment? A couple of thoughts regarding time and money: when considering time, the conventional weekly therapy model is repeatedly 53-60 minutes sessions, often for months or years. As soon as you start to get into the stuff that you want to work on healing, time is short, and it is time to shut the session down– again and wait until next week. I often hear individuals share that this brings incremental doses of relief, over time, results in progress, yet it can often feel discouraging.
A typical intensive counseling session is 1.5-3 hours each session. The regular EMDR session is 90 minutes long, and clients often come in weekly or bi-weekly at the beginning of therapy. The difference in time and focus is helpful if your schedule doesn’t allow for weekly therapy appointments or you don’t have the space to spend months in therapy to address your treatment goals.
From a brief financial perspective, consider a regular weekly therapy session at $200/session for six months is $4800 or for one year is $10,400. EMDR Intensives can potentially bring relief more quickly where you need it most; time and money.
Will you tell me what trauma or memories I need to work on?
I trust the wisdom of you. Everyone’s goals and needs are unique. I understand that each person brings their “fine china” into the therapy room: their hopes, heartbreaks, hidden wounds, and stories. While I bring expertise and training, I am never the expert on another person’s life or choices. We will work on this together. It is important to me that you have a place where you can be who you are, have a voice, and courageously pursue healing and understanding based on the God-given wisdom within you.
What is an EMDR Intensive?
EMDR Intensives are a more flexible model of therapy that allows you to focus on growth and gaining long-lasting relief that aligns with the natural way your system is equipped towards restoration and healing.
EMDR intensives are personalized treatment plans that focus on your treatment goals, and the design intends to fit into your preferred schedule and timeline to reach your goals.
You may have been progressing with your primary therapist, but the cognitive shifts and the emotions or body sensations still seem stuck. Feeling stuck can be frustrating and confusing. By working adjunctly, EMDR Intensives can help to un-stick those feelings that don’t make cognitive sense. In collaboration with your primary therapist, we can pinpoint what to focus on with EMDR to remove those roadblocks and keep your progress flowing.
What are your fees for a weekly session?
- A 45-50 minute session is $200
- Double session is $400
What Insurance do you accept?
I am an out-of-network mental health provider, not on any insurance panels. For those who would like to use their insurance coverage, I can provide you with a superbill for your services at the end of each month.
You should check with your insurance provider to confirm your out-of-network coverage. To use Insurance from an out-of-network provider, you pay the full session fee and file the required paperwork and superbill with your insurance company. The reimbursement, minus any copay, will come directly to you.
Do you offer any payment plans or alternatives to afford care?
I have a few openings for sliding-scale clients. To apply for a sliding scale, you may complete the contact form and request the application; I hold sliding scale spots for individuals with limited financial means, do not have Insurance, or choose not to use their Insurance. You must complete the application, the first page of your most recent tax filing (not older than the previous year), and your most recent check stub/slip needs to accompany the application. NOTE: By signing the sliding scale fee agreement, you are waiving the option to file for reimbursement from your health insurance.
Maybe you have a question not listed or need more clarification?
Of course I am unable to answer all questions in this small space of the internet. Nor do I have the ability to know all questions. However, I am curious, if you have a question I have not addressed, you are welcome to complete a contact form and inquire about your question(s). I will do my best to answer your inquiry.