Are you accepting new clients?
I am accepting new clients. I currently have limited openings in my busy schedule, but I would love to schedule a consultation to talk more about your needs and my availability.
Who do you see in your private practice?
I work with women and girls (preteen+) who have had their lives turned upside down by experiences like rape, accidents, illness, injuries or big losses. Together we work on rebuilding a sense of safety, and developing skills to get the big reactions back in control. When things are feeling more balanced, we start working toward building a positive vision of the future.
What happens in a counseling session?
At first we'll focus on getting to know each other so that you feel safe to talk. When you're ready, we'll talk about why you came in, identify some goals for our work, and discuss options for addressing those goals. As the client, it's important that you feel in control, so we'll talk about what to do if you become uncomfortable or distressed, and I'll check in with you a lot. Once you start to feel more comfortable, I'll help you figure out approaches to your goals that work best for you, and make a plan for using them. We may use specific therapy techniques, or we may just talk.
One option is that you can have my professional therapy dog, Nova, in our sessions. Nova can just hang out in the room to help you feel safer and more comfortable, you can pet her and give her treats, or we can bring Nova into your work more actively. When using Nova actively in your therapy, we might teach her tricks, read her poems or tell her secrets (with or without me listening in!), talk about her experiences, notice her reactions, etc. as a way to approach your therapeutic goals.
How long is a session?
Typically, sessions are 55 minutes long. This is a bit longer than the typical 45 or 50 minute sessions that most therapists offer. I find that longer sessions are more satisfying for my clients. I also sometimes have 85 minute sessions available for those needing more time, especially those working through bad experiences using EMDR.
How often will we meet? / Can I come for sessions only when I need them?
My expectation is that we'll be meeting at least once per week. Without that consistency, we'll be spending more of our time warming up to the topics that are important to your work or getting back to where we left off. There may be times when you don't want to come to our sessions or don't feel like you need therapy that day. These moments when therapy seems less appealing are every bit as important as the times you are more motivated to come. I find that they are often the sessions that have the most lasting effect!
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. Some of my clients receive Victims Compensation funds to help pay for therapy. In that case, I will not charge you for the portion of my fee covered by Victims Comp, and I will bill them directly.
What insurance plans do you take?
I am covered as an out-of-network provider by most PPO insurance plans. I can provide a super bill for each session, which you can send to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully to verify specifics of your particular insurance coverage. You may want to ask the following questions:
Do I have mental health benefits?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Which diagnoses are covered?
How to make an appointment?
Making an appointment is easy. Call (720) 340-6261 or email me. We will usually be able to find a time to meet within the next week. It can be difficult to reach me live on the phone, as I am often in session with clients or otherwise unable to have a confidential phone conversation. You will be more likely to reach my voicemail. I hope you will leave a message. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I am usually able to respond within 24 hours.
What if I don't know if counseling is for me?
I offer a free 20 minute consultation by phone or in person to help you make this decision. If you are interested in bringing Nova into your sessions, we can schedule a time for her to come too. Counseling can be a big step toward making your life better, and it's important to find someone you feel comfortable talking to. After our consultation, or after any session, if you feel that you may need a different therapist, I will be happy to provide you referrals. It's completely fine if you decide not to continue with me! My goal is to help you get on the best path forward for you, whatever that may be.