Frequently Asked Questions
Where is your office located?
3989 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 320-B
Centennial, CO 80122
What are your fees?
My standard rate is $130 for a 45-minute session.
I also offer a 60-75-minute session at a rate of $160.
I offer a free initial phone consultation because therapy is much more effective when we’re a good fit. I want to make sure you’re confident about working with me before we agree to begin this transformational journey.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance to cover costs of psychotherapy. However, in some cases, insurance companies will allow you to submit a reimbursement form for out-of-network coverage. This reimbursement form is called a “superbill” and can be provided to you upon request. I understand the importance of psychotherapy and have a certain number of reduced-fee sessions available on an as-needed basis.
Why therapy? How will it even help?
The purpose of therapy is for you to gain a better and deeper understanding of your patterns of behaving and thinking. Then we will focus on how to adapt these patterns to work optimally for your situation. AND, therapy provides an understanding of areas where you’re stuck or engaging in non-helpful patterns of behaving.
Recognizing problems in thinking and behaving can be challenging. You’re in good hands! I’ve earned a doctorate in human behavior. Often, the identified reasons for stuck points or engagement in problematic behaviors are outside of your conscious awareness. This is common. This happens to me as well, which is why a good therapist will see their own therapist.
I will absolutely help you understand the WHY.
The WHY helps create insight into your patterns. Insight is where the incredible and long-lasting change happens.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
Insight helps empower you to choose. To choose whether to continue thinking and behaving in an unhelpful way that currently isn’t working or to choose to behave differently and achieve more favorable results.
Why am I hesitating to call you?
The idea of meeting with a stranger and sharing your most intimate and personal secrets is anxiety-provoking and more than a little frightening. The good news here – I respect and empathize with the challenges of calling or emailing a therapist. Complete vulnerability. Remember, vulnerability is good!
The good news – these anxious feelings typically resolve or become far better after the initial phone call or meeting with me. Added bonus – making this initial call will help you become more motivated and confident. The power of therapy – simply making this phone call will pave the way for future success.
This is one of the many challenges of therapy and the growth process. I think you’re ready!
I’ve never been in therapy before; what should I expect?
The initial meeting (intake session) is probably not as weird or scary as you’re imagining. During this first visit, we’ll discuss:
- Confidentiality, privacy, and rights
- My office policies
- Exploring why you’re coming into counseling, your hopes and expectations, and how you’ll know if therapy is working for you
- Explore your history (briefly), experiences of therapy in the past, current behaviors, and any questions you may have about therapy
- Also, I invite any questions you may have about me, the process of therapy, or anything that comes up for you.
What happens after the intake appointment?
I’ll discuss with you what I think is going on from a diagnostic perspective (if a diagnosis exists), we’ll discuss what will be required for change to happen, and begin talking about how we’ll collaborate to make sure these goals become your reality.
Each additional meeting lasts 50-minutes at a time. In this process, we will develop a relationship based on trust and honesty that will assist you in succeeding and implementing the changes you desire. After 1-2 sessions, initial fears and anxieties begin to diminish, and our time together will feel more like checking in with a good friend to share how you’re doing.
What are you like?
My clients tell me I’m laid back, calm, personable, and warm. I appreciate a good joke and sense of humor. I’m open to flexibility in our meetings as well. If we go off topic, we go off topic; we’ll eventually circle back.
My friends and colleagues have told me I’m funny, energetic, humble, and a great teacher.
Like most people living in Colorado, I love spending time with family, friends, exercising, and relaxing in the sun.
Are you LGBTQ friendly?
Absolutely! I am passionate about issues related to social justice and strongly believe in creating a supportive environment respectful of all people.
Why did you choose this career?
This is a difficult career, yes. I hear stories of pain, abuse, and suffering on a consistent basis. I honor these individuals’ stories and remain present with these individuals through their most difficult times in therapy. And still, I wake up and love coming into the office and providing therapy as a service.
The growth, change, relief, trust, and happiness that I witness following successful treatment makes my career one of the best on the planet. I’m both lucky and honored to be selected as your therapist and join you on this journey of healing and recovery.
Growing up, few of us were taught and equipped with the skills to handle a minor or major life crisis. Never taught how to confront a bully, a lying friend or family member, or how to handle getting our feelings hurt. Never taught how to be kind to and treat OURSELF with dignity and respect.
So, if never taught, how the heck were we supposed to learn? This is where I enter! These are skills I have learned and look forward to sharing with you.
Without a doubt, you WILL become a master of your own thoughts and behavior, and my therapy practice will teach you how to effectively do this!
Do I have to lay down on the couch?
Not unless you choose to do so! Therapy has changed quite a lot since Freud and the psychiatrists were “analyzing” patients in Vienna. Now, we sit face to face. Although, if you’re more comfortable lying down, taking off your shoes, or sitting on the floor, I support you 100%. My only requirement is that you show up! The rest we can figure out along the journey.
Do you just see clients struggling with anxiety, depression, and/or alcohol and drug abuse?
I was trained as a generalist, which prepared me for a rewarding career to work with a broad and flexible foundation of clinical and research skills. This training emphasized training with clients across the lifespan and from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. I’m comfortable treating mental health disorders across the spectrum of mental health.