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Frequently Asked Questions

Your health and wellbeing is important, so it is equally important to get information about any prospective provider you might be seeing to make sure it's a good fit for your needs.  Here is some more general information that may help you get to know me and my services better.

I have included detailed information in here, I know some individuals prefer to research and read things to visually process, others prefer auditory processing and would like to hear this information.  If you would like to talk further over the phone, I am happy to arrange a free phone consultation.   

What are your credentials, education and experience?

What are your credentials, education and experience?

          I am registered with the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in the state of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC 16248) and registered as a National Certified Counselor (NCC 1000875) with the National Board of Certified Counselors.  I received my Master of the Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Regis University (a CACREP accredited program).  I completed additional coursework for two post-graduate certificates, Depth Psychotherapy and Child & Adolescent Counseling.  I completed my practicum coursework seeing clients at the Regis Centers for Counseling and Family Therapy under the supervision of Dr. Munoz, as well as completing group facilitation hours with the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies under the supervision of Joan Rieger and Duey Freeman.  I completed my internship requirements by working with Agape Hospice as a Bereavement Counselor under the supervision of Karrie Filios, my Regis faculty supervisor was Dr. Annamarie Fidel-Rice.  I found an incredible passion and fulfillment within the work I did at Agape Hospice that I continued working with them as an "extern" for an additional year following the completion of my internship and graduation.  Grief counseling is my specialization, having unique experiences both personally and professionally, as well as seeking specialized training and supervision within this niche field.  I support other professionals by providing grief counseling trainings or case consultations.

          In addition to grief counseling (including death and non-death related grief), I have experience as a therapist with supporting individuals with life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges including healing from domestic violence, processing trauma, women's issues, child therapy, adolescent therapy, anger management, dementia and caregiver burnout, increasing emotional awareness and regulation, increasing coping skills and self-care, self-esteem and working with individuals who in general are feeling stuck who are tired of feeling that way and are seeking healing and growth.

          I am an EMDR trained therapist, with completion of training through EMDR Center of the Rockies, and EMDRIA approved program, I am happy to discuss this modality as a part of your care. 

          Additionally I am available to provide supervision for LPCCs pursuing their license. If you are a professional and want to explore this support, I would love to connect with you!

How long does therapy take?  When will I be better?

How long does therapy take/When will I be better?

          It's common to want to know: "how quickly will I stop feeling this way?"  The issues that bring us to seek counseling are very unique in how they are experienced.  I will say up-front I do not have a magic "fix" - especially for grief work.  Therapy is a process, and for some individuals it may take longer than others.  I often talk with individuals about how to "trust the process" when we feel like we "should" be better already.  It's hard to sit in emotional pain, but it is sometimes through directly processing our pain that we do begin to shift into a space of healing and growth.  Getting into that space takes time.  My goal is to support you in achieving your goal areas, which we will discuss as we get started together, and your goals for therapy may change with time.  We will work on addressing any self-judgment that comes up as we go.  We will work as a team, for however long is appropriate for you and your care needs.  I do recommend giving yourself and your therapy process a bit of time and patience, because with that gentleness and commitment to your healing, progress will be experienced.

How do I schedule?

How do I schedule?

          Appointments may be scheduled with me directly via phone, email or in-person.  Typically we will discuss scheduling at the end of each session for the next session.  We can also schedule a "standing appointment" which ultimately gives you priority for a specific appointment day/time.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

          Life happens!  If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please give at least 24-hours notice to avoid a charge.  Please call, text or email to notify me of scheduling needs.  Any late cancellations or not showing for scheduled appointments will be subject to being charged at the full-fee.  

Do you do Facetime appointments?

Do you do FaceTime appointments?

          I do provide services virtually.  While I do not use the FaceTime app because it is not HIPAA compliant, I do meet virtually with other platforms.  Due to COVID, this has actually become the primary method that I meet clients at this time.  I do have a physical office space that we can meet in if determined appropriate, in doing so we are required to abide by all current federal, state and local regulations specific to COVID health and safety precautions, more information about those can be found here.  Otherwise, I welcome meeting virtually!

How much does it cost to come see you?

What is your fee?

          All of my counseling services are fee-for-service, and clients are responsible for payment at the time services are provided. 

Free Phone Consultation - I will answer questions you have prior to our initial meeting, free of charge.

Intake Appointments - we will complete paperwork and "dip our toes in" to see if we are a good fit, I charge a reduced fee of $90.

One-Hour Appointments - after the intake ongoing sessions, either in-person or via Telehealth - are $125 per session.

90-Minute Appointments - for when we need longer sessions, the fee is $150.

EMDR Appointments - if you are engaging in EMDR therapy, the session fee is $175.

Phone Calls - for calls over 10 minutes in length will be charged at 15-minute increments based on my hourly fee.

Groups/Workshops - fees will vary, please see the events page for more information.

Please note: In circumstances where additional calls, meetings, letter writing, or other care needs are required, additional fees will be charged at 15-minute increments based on my hourly fee, we will discuss this as part of care planning. 

I accept cash, check, and most major credit cards.  I am out of network for insurance, including Medicaid. Per the "No Surprises Act", a Good Faith estimate will be provided at the time services are initiated, upon the adjustment of services, and reviewed annually.

How often should I attend therapy?

How often should I attend therapy?

          Typically it is recommended to attend sessions on a weekly basis, especially initially when you are building rapport/getting familiar with your therapist, and for continuity of care.  However we will discuss what frequency will best fit your needs and will periodically assess for any changes with regards to session frequency.  Some individuals come multiple times a week, others come once a month.  This all depends on individual needs and various components of an person's situation.

How long do sessions last?

How long does a session last?

          Typically sessions will be one clinical hour (approximately 55 minutes).  This sometimes can vary depending on need, grief processing can sometimes need a little more space in which case I will sometimes allow a session to run longer if scheduling allows (if it doesn't in that session we can also schedule longer 90 minute sessions if needed).  If emotional dysregulation occurs, we might run a little longer because my top priority is to ensure your safety before we part ways.

When are you in the office?

When are you in the office?

          At this time I host client appointments on Tuesday afternoons, Thursday and Friday mornings, and Saturdays. Saturdays are the only available day when in-office appointments are available. All appointment times are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis.

          I do my best to respond to communications promptly, however if any messages are received after-hours I will respond the next business day.  I am unavailable on Sundays and typically am out of the office for most major holidays.  I do my best to communicate with all clients about times when I will be out of the office.

What if it's an emergency and I can't reach you?

What if it's an emergency and I can't reach you?

          I provide non-emergency counseling services by scheduled appointment only.  I can sometimes fit in last minute phone calls or in-person sessions but I cannot guarantee this availability.  In the event of an emergency or mental health crisis, please contact emergency services (9-1-1), proceed to the nearest emergency room, or call or text 9-8-8 for support, 24/7.  If any of these calls do occur, please let me know so we can discuss your care needs.  If it is determined that your issues are outside of my level of competence or scope of practice, or new situations escalate you to a higher level of care than what I provide, I am ethically required to refer, terminate or consult.

What if therapy doesn't end up being the right thing for me?

What if counseling/therapy doesn't end up being the right thing for me?

          You can decide at any time to stop meeting.  That is part of your client rights.  If you decide that it is not the right fit or that therapy isn't the right thing for you right now, that is okay, my only ask is that you let me know.

Typically therapy services will naturally reach a point where we will taper down session frequency and eventually end our services together when it is determined that you have the support you need and that your goals for therapy have been met.  And if you decide we're going to end services, but then down the line you decide you would like to come back, that is okay too!  Life will ebb and flow, as will our support needs.  My goal is to meet you where you're at and to support you in your care, whatever that looks like for you individually.

Do you have a question that you aren't seeing on here? 

Please contact me, I am happy to help answer your questions!

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