THERAPY

Mental health therapy services for infants, children, teens, and adults residing in Washington State
THERAPY

My Philosophy

I know without a doubt that the only way that you get to show up as the best version of yourself is by taking the best care of yourself. A foundation of high-quality, nurturing self-care is truly mental health hygiene.

My work is based on a three-tiered approach to mental health that begins with a solid foundation of self-care. The way that you take care of yourself is the foundation upon which you build the rest of your life. In order for you to heal and thrive, it's important that the foundation be as strong as possible.

Once the foundational level has been well-established through consistent mental health hygiene practices, the next level involves identifying and clearing limiting beliefs and emotional baggage. As a certified clinical trauma specialist, I believe that our life experiences beginning in childhood are critical in shaping our patterns and beliefs. As you begin to uncover and shift these patterns and beliefs, you can begin to experience true emotional freedom and healing.

Finally, at the top level, I support my clients in creating a legacy of generational healing. Through the healing of our own limiting beliefs and unhealthy patterns, we heal not only ourselves but future generations as well.

WE MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT IF...

  • You're looking for infant and early childhood mental health therapy for a child under the age of 5. I'm endorsed by the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health as a Clinical Infant Mental Specialist. All of my infant and early childhood mental health services require parent participation.
  • The reason you're seeking therapy has anything to do with childhood trauma or adversity. As a certified clinical trauma specialist, it's common for my clients to be working through issues related to childhood trauma even as adults. You might fit into this category even if what you've experienced doesn't fit into a traditional definition of trauma. Remember, trauma is subjective!
  • You're seeking therapy for a teenager who may or may not be engaging in self-harm behaviors. I work with clients to identify the root cause of unhealthy behaviors to ensure that they can meet their needs in a healthier way moving forward.
  • You're ready to do the work. The real changes in your life don't come from a 50-minute therapy session. They come from how you put the insights you have in therapy into action in between sessions.

WHAT TO EXPECT

WHAT TO EXPECT

Making the decision to seek out therapy can be really intimidating. Finding the right therapist essential to having a positive experience.

Here's what you can expect if decide to schedule an appointment with me:

My clinical background and training includes extensive training in dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based practices. I also have extensive training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a trauma-informed modality that I use exclusively for the birth - 5 set. I'm a certified clinical trauma specialist, certified child mental health specialist, and endorsed as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. I don't believe in a cookie cutter approach or one-size fits all, though, so when you come in to a therapy session, I don't have an agenda. Instead, it's always my goal to be responsive to your goals and to use my expertise in various modalities to meet your unique needs. I always tell my clients that it's like choose your own adventure therapy.

In order to get the most out of therapy, come prepared to discuss any challenges you're experiencing. Therapy requires a certain level of emotional vulnerability and I believe in a compassionate, gentle approach to supporting you in feeling safe to explore your own thoughts, feelings, and patterns of behavior. I also believe that you are the expert on your own life and that you are competent in making the best decisions for your own life. I'll offer suggestions when it's appropriate and help you explore resistance, but I'll never tell you what to do. It's my job to help you identify and shift patterns of thoughts and behavior that aren't serving you so you'll often hear me saying things like, "I wonder how this might be connected..." or "It sounds like this to me, but how does that feel to you?" to encourage your own reflective practice.

I encourage you to be an active part of the therapy process and to speak up if something doesn't feel right for your life. Together, we can explore, adjust, and shift as much as necessary so that you can get exactly what you need. Still have questions? Check out the frequently asked questions below and feel free to reach out directly with any specific questions that aren't addressed or to schedule your initial appointment.

Reach Out

FAQ

How do I make an appointment?

Send me an email using the contact form below. Please include your phone number and I will contact you to discuss your needs and whether I have availability to schedule an intake.

How much does therapy cost?

The rate for cash pay clients is $150 for initial intake and $130 for subsequent sessions.

Do you accept insurance?

I sure do. I'm an in-network provider with Premera, Regence, First Choice, and Kaiser. These insurance providers can be billed directly for my services. You are responsible for any co-pay due at time of service. Our front desk staff is happy to verify your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment.

I'm licensed to accept other insurances as an out-of-network provider. If you choose to use out-of-network benefits, you will be responsible for the full fee each session and will need to request reimbursement from your insurance provider.

How long is a therapy session?

50 minutes.

Will my information be confidential?

Absolutely.

The content of therapy sessions is confidential and I am required by law to protect any information you share with me. At the time of intake, you will receive a HIPPA Privacy Practices form with more information about these regulations.

It is important to be aware that there are some legal exceptions to confidentiality. Examples of these exceptions include:

1. If I suspect abuse of a child, developmentally disabled person, or dependent adult

2. If you are at risk of harming yourself

3. If you have made a credible threat to harm another

4. When required by court order

Information may also be disclosed if you sign a written release authorizing disclosure or in the event that a complaint is filed. If you choose to bill your insurance company for services, confidentiality is waived to the extent that information is required for billing purposes only. In any of these cases, I am required to provide only the minimum amount of information necessary.

What's your cancellation policy?

All appointments should be kept as scheduled to maintain consistency in the treatment process. If you do have to reschedule an appointment, please do so as soon as possible so that your appointment time may be offered to another client. A fee of $85 will be charged for missed appointments and late cancellations without 24-hour notice. Please note that missed appointment fees are not paid by your insurance company and will be your responsibility. Following a missed appointment, no further appointments will be scheduled until the missed appointment fee has been collected.

Where is your office located?

All therapy sessions take place at Puget Mental Care located at 5702 N. 26th Street, Tacoma, WA 98407.

Do you offer telehealth?

Yes. Therapy can take place either in-person or virtually. Please indicate in your message whether you would prefer telehealth sessions. There are some limitations on payment for telehealth services by insurance carrier. Our front desk staff is able to verify these benefits prior to your first appointment.

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