Frequently Asked Questions about Counseling
What kind of therapy do you do?
I work from an eclectic frame of psychotherapy which means that the work I do incorporates many different theoretical models so as to give you the best possible chance to achieve what you seek to achieve in our work together. I will strive to help you know yourself deeply so as to give you the opportunity to have real agency in creating the life you want to live. You will learn to start noticing your own patterns and behaviors, and will grow the capacity to engage in your life in a way that is conscious and intentional, rather than driven by some unknown, unhelpful (and often untrue) message you internalized years ago. My goal is to help you to develop a way of thinking and operating in the world that really takes into consideration all parts of you, all of your varied layers, and to teach you how to make the lasting changes necessary to live a conscious, engaged, fulfilled life with the capacity to cope, no matter what may come your way.
Where are you located?
My office is in Louisville, Colorado (Boulder County) just off the U.S. Highway 36 corridor midway between Denver and Boulder.
Is your office inclusive & accessible?
My office building has accessible parking, an accessible ramp, elevator, and accessible restrooms. I welcome people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, sexualities, sizes, shapes, and genders. I support your use of the restroom that you feel best fits your identity. Regretfully, our building’s restrooms are delineated in a binary fashion. There is a Starbucks a half mile from my office (459 McCaslin Boulevard) that offers a single-occupant restroom, if you prefer.
Do you take insurance?
I accept insurance as an out-of-network provider. If you have out-of-network benefits included with your insurance plan, I am often able to directly and electronically bill insurance companies (usually Aetna, Anthem/BCBS & United, but this varies by plan) so my patients are only responsible for paying me their copays. Otherwise, I am happy to provide you with a monthly receipt called a “Superbill” that you can use to seek reimbursement directly from your insurance carrier. There are also a variety of Apps that are designed to make the reimbursement process easier, and I am happy to pass along the information I have from what my patients have shared about their experiences with the available options.
How long is a session?
I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation. Our initial in-person session will be 60-minutes and ongoing sessions thereafter are 45-minutes each.
How often will I come in to see you?
Many people come for sessions once per week. In some circumstances, I meet with people twice or three times per week. We will talk about what frequency works best for your specific circumstances, however it is important to understand that meeting weekly, at minimum, is a vital part of successful treatment. The consistency of a weekly session contributes to the development of a therapeutic relationship that is secure, and fosters the feeling of safety and trust that will allow us to work on a deeper, more effective level.
How long will this take?
Great question! While many therapists (and infomercials) promise very rapid results, I am not interested in offering you a false magic wand. Having a safe space to express and process everything you’re experiencing may help you to feel somewhat better pretty quickly and I want you to leave even our very first session feeling as though you received something tangibly applicable and useful in your real life. The process of deeply knowing your true self and the patterns that deter you from really engaging in your life in the ways you long for does take time. It takes time for us to get to know each other, to build a relationship, to build trust, to uncover the layers (gently, but in a way that challenges you to take the risks necessary to grow), and to develop and implement strategies for lasting change. That said, we can work together for as long (or as short) as you experience our time together as a space for continued growth. Part of our work will be to talk about what that will mean for you.
Who do you help?
I help dynamic, intelligent, driven, otherwise enormously capable people who are struggling with building a family, with their relationships, or with anxiety.