I post consult times as openings become available. Check herefor availability. It is my preference to meet in person. If you are fully-vaccinated and live within the greater Seattle area, please plan to attend the majority, if not all of your sessions in person.
Do you have evening appointments?
My office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM.
Is a phone consultation a guarantee that you will be my therapist?
Phone consultations allow us both to get an intuitive feel for whether or not my skill set and style are a good match for your needs. If, after speaking by phone, either one of us senses it would be better for you to work with someone else, I will happily provide a referral.
Do you work with issues other than grief and divorce?
Yes. In over twenty years of clinical practice, I have worked with a vast array of presenting concerns. The best way to determine the therapeutic fit is for therapist and client to speak directly with one another. I encourage you to take advantage of the free telephone consultation so that, together, we can determine if it makes sense to go forward.
Do you see couples?
I currently work with individuals only.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you wish to cancel or reschedule a counseling session, please do so no fewer than 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time of your appointment. If you choose to cancel within 48-hours of our appointment and we are unable to find an alternate time within the same calendar week (Monday-Friday), a full session fee is assessed.
If you leave a cancellation notice by text, email, or voicemail and you do not hear back from me within 24 hours, this means I did not receive your message. Please contact me again, preferably by phone, to avoid being charged for a late cancellation or missed appointment. Clients are responsible for insuring that cancellation notices are received.
Do you work with children and adolescents?
My counseling practice is geared toward helping people over the age of twenty-one. If you are seeking help for a loved one who is under twenty-one, I am happy to provide you with a referral.
How frequently will I attend therapy?
This is contingent upon what is appropriate for your needs. Generally speaking, however, for the first four to six weeks, I encourage clients to attend counseling weekly. This degree of frequency allows us to establish a strong foundation. It also helps build crucial momentum toward reaching your therapy goals.
How long will I be in counseling?
The course of your therapy will be unique to you. I have seen clients achieve their counseling goals in anywhere from six sessions, to six months, to a few years. Most clients will start to notice some relief within the first twelve visits.
What is the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, and counselor?
Mental health terms are used interchangeably so it can be easy to get confused. Here are the differences:
Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist is an MD who specializes in prescribing medications for mental illness. While psychiatrists do have some therapy training (the amount of which depends upon their training program), most psychiatrists focus on prescribing and managing medication.
Psychologist: A licensed psychologist has a doctoral degree exclusively for the purpose of providing therapy or counseling and/or working in a research or academic environment. Psychologists have four years of post-graduate education, followed by two years of full-time, supervised clinical service. Psychologists do not have prescription privileges. The terms "psychologist," "counselor," and "therapist" can be used interchangeably.
MA or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC): LMHCs and MAs have graduated from a two-year Master's Degree program the emphasis of which is providing mental health services to the public. MAs and LMHCs are considered counselors and therapists.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): LCSWs also have a Master's Degree, comprised of two years of post-undergraduate training in their field. Some social work programs provide therapy or counseling education and training.
Is there a risk-free way for me to get started?
Yes! Follow the link below to schedule your free, 15-minute phone consultation. I typically respond to messages within a few hours. So you won't have to wait long.