Q: Why should I seek counseling or therapy?
A: Everyone can benefit from therapy whether facing a life change or a serious issue. For many people, their feelings may feel too big to manage alone. Sometimes internal struggles show up externally: work problems, relationship conflicts, stress related illness, or self-sabotage.
Q: What should I expect to happen in our sessions?
A: We will take the first two or three sessions to explore what brings you into therapy and to determine if we are a good fit for one another. I will also make time to answer any questions you have about my practices and policies. My approach is to attend to whatever you bring into the therapy hour. Depending on your therapy needs and preferences, I may suggest mindfulness practices, guided imagery, recommended readings, or creative expression in our sessions.
Q: How many sessions will it take?
A: You are welcome to take as many or as few sessions as you like or need for your personal goals and the intention you have set for your therapy.
Q: How often will we meet?
A: Frequency of sessions is your choice, however I find that anything less than twice per month does not allow for depth work to occur. Sometimes people take breaks and return. Sometimes people begin with more frequency and reduce sessions as symptoms are decreased.
Q: What changes can I expect in my life?
A: Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness as we begin. I encourage you to discuss these feelings with me as they come up in our sessions. Building awareness of feelings through therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, a significant reduction in feelings of distress, and a sense of freedom derived from honest self-assessment and improved communication. You may find that you develop increased insight, new coping skills, and an improved capacity to relate to others. Many people say that they begin to make better choices. My approach is founded on the belief that individuals have strengths and internal resources for their own empowerment.
Q: Will my insurance cover the costs?
A: Please see the information under the Rates and Insurance tab.
Q: Can I bring family members with me?
A: Unless you are engaged in family or couples therapy with me, your therapy sessions are intended for you alone. However, sometimes people find it helpful to bring in a family member or members on a one-time basis to help them gain clarity on their process. If I am working individually with you and family or couples therapy is needed, I can refer you to a qualified practitioner.
Q: What do I do if I need to talk to someone between our sessions?
A: I encourage you to keep a journal outlining the items you would like to discuss with me at our next session. If an urgent need arises, you are welcome to contact me to check my schedule for the next available appointment. Sometimes people wish to have a telephone session between appointments when they are working on something important.
If you are in crisis or experiencing a mental health emergency, please call the Whatcom County Crisis Line at 1-800-584-3578, text Chat Now, or go to the closest Emergency Room to get immediate help. Help is available 24/7.