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I have never done therapy. How does it work? How do I get started?
Because therapy can be a new and big step, I do what I can to make the transition as easy as possible. You can start by setting up a 15 min free phone consultation or sending me an email to schedule this. I’ll then ask about your goals, what brings you to therapy, and you also have the opportunity to ask me some questions. If we feel like we are a good fit and you would like to move forward, I then schedule you our first meeting. I’ll collect your contact information and then send you all the intake documents which includes consent, credit card form, releases of information, etc.

During our first session, I’ll gather information about any symptoms that you may be experiencing, learning more about your goals, along with some questions about your background that I feel is relevant. Because there is no size fits all, I like to tailor my treatment to your needs and I am more than happy to spend a couple of sessions getting you comfortable in the space.

What is your therapy style?
I don’t believe one size fits all and I don’t confine my style to a box. Some of the modalities that I use include: psychodynamic theory to explore your unconscious desires and patterns, tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR therapy (treatment for trauma), as well as somatic work. I also don’t shy away from finding creative and unique ways to support you and your goals, and I have integrated things such as art, guided visuals, crystals, etc. to help clients get to where they need to be.

While I use different approaches in my clinical work, the most important thing is the therapeutic relationship (the relationship between you and me). Research shows that the number 1 factor in determining treatment success is rapport, which is the empathy and understanding between therapist and client. I model compassion, empathy, and non judgement as part of the transformative work.

My clients often share that I make them feel like they aren’t alone in their experiences and help them dig deep as part of their healing. You get to choose how we spend our session and talk about whatever comes to mind because I believe the brain reveals what it wants to heal. If it is important to you, then it is important to me.

If you feel stuck, I am more than happy to prompt and guide you by asking questions and pointing out patterns that I see in the therapy space.

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing,” and it is an evidence based therapy to help people heal from distressing symptoms related to trauma.

When life events take place, our brains take the information, store it, create memories and perceptions. These perceptions can manifest as negative beliefs about the self and ongoing emotional discomfort. This is similar to a cluttered desk with old loose papers that can make it difficult to do work.

EMDR is a way to “jumpstart” the brain or put away those loose papers in their proper place by pulling in that old fragmented material to the surface, processing it, and putting it away in its proper place.

EMDR feels a little different than traditional talk therapy because you are accessing a lot all at once and you are experiencing sensations in the body as you process through the material. This is traditionally done through lateral eye movement but this same process can be achieved through butterfly tapping, swaying, and other creative techniques that I use.

EMDR can feel intense because you are lighting up that old trauma and processing through it fairly quickly, but clients often find more rapid resolution to their presenting symptoms and are able to form new and positive beliefs about themselves.

What is Brainspotting?
“Where You Look Affects How You Feel…”
Brainspotting is an advanced brain-body psychotherapy approach designed to treat trauma and was developed by David Grand. Brainspotting uses fixed eye positions to assist clients in healing the traumas that are stored in the deeper parts of the brain and that are connected to presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship problems, etc.
Brainspotting is different from traditional talk therapy as brainspotting provides space for deeper processing and healing through the mind-body connection. Brainspotting essentially bypasses the thinking part of the brain and allows access to the deeper subcortical emotional part of the brain that isn’t easy to tap into. This could all be done online as well.
If you would like to learn more, click here: https://brainspotting.com/
What is your fee?

Free Initial 15 min phone consult
$185 for regular 45-50 min weekly sessions
$250 for 75 min weekly EMDR sessions

Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance and am considered an “out of network” provider. I am more than happy to send you a “superbill” or receipt to provide to your insurance for possible reimbursement.
How are sessions done?
I am only offering virtual online sessions as of now (this may change in the future). I use a HIPAA-compliant platform to conduct either video or phone sessions. This can all be done from the comfort of your own space and as long as you have a working internet connection.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept credit card payment through my online practice management system Simple Practice.
What is your cancellation policy?
Any late cancellation that is not done within 24 hours or no show will be charged my full fee. In the event of an unexpected emergency, illness, crisis, etc., I can reschedule you if my schedule permits.