Frequently Asked Questions

 Here are some commonly asked questions about my work.  

Simply click each title to see the answers. As always, if you have specific questions, please feel free to email or call.

1. How do I determine if you are the right therapist for me?

Feeling comfortable with your therapist is an absolute must if you want to work on healing personal issues or dive deep into your inner journey of self-discovery.  If you would like to see if we would be a good match, contact me to schedule a brief phone interview.  Typically a quick call is enough time to see if meeting for a full session is a good idea.  I find that having a full 60 or 90-minute session is the best way to see what our working together could accomplish. During that time we discuss issues you are facing and dive right in.

2. Do you offer a free initial session?

No, I no longer offer free initial sessions. I find that the best way to really see if we are a good fit is to dive right into a full first session. I occasionally offer 15-minute “meet and greets” for those “feelers” who need to sit in someone’s presence to truly know if they want to move forward. If this is you, email me a bit about yourself and we can set something up.

3. What are your rates?

Sessions are 90-minutes for $225 or an hour for $150. I find that the 90-minute sessions are the best way to do deep transformative work. However, for financial reasons or time constraints, some people may decide that an hour is all they can commit to. If this is the case we will rock that hour and make it work!!!

4. Do you take insurance?

I do not;  however, as I am a licensed Psychotherapist as well as a Certified Addictions Counselor level III with the state of Colorado, some insurance companies will cover  my services as an out-of-network provider.  This means that you pay upfront for the session and I can give you a receipt of payment for you to submit to your insurance provider.

The best way to know if your insurance company will provide this service is to call them and ask what they cover for out-of-network mental health. Keep in mind that if you use your insurance they will require a diagnosis and certain procedure codes. I have these available and will discuss them with you before I submit anything so that you are fully informed. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have also covered my services.

5. How long will we work together?

How long we work together really depends on how much support you want and/or need, as well as the level of commitment you are willing to make for your  personal transformation.  Usually people work with me for about 4 -7 months, though many continue sessions with me for a year or much longer.  Some clients schedule regular sessions for a few months during tough times and then come in on an as-needed basis in the following months or years.

6. How often do I see you?

I recommend seeing each other weekly for the first three weeks. This is the best way to form a solid foundation for our goals and work together and then shift to biweekly sessions.  If you are going through a tough transition we can continue to work together weekly until things calm down. Occasionally someone is experiencing an acute crisis and needs more consistent sessions per week. Usually after a few months, one session every three weeks or even once a month is sufficient. By this time, people have learned how to self-soothe, feel more self-mastery, have better insight and want time to actually put the techniques we learned into real practice.   Psychotherapy can be like riding a bike; you start with training wheels and someone holding your handlebar, then before you know it, you’ve got balance and can cruise wherever on your own.

7. How can payment be made?

I prefer cash or check but will take credit cards in a pinch. I will also take HSA payments.

8. What is your specific approach to working with people?

9. What is energy psychology?

To sum it up, Energy Psychology is like acupuncture for your emotions. There’s much more to it than this, but the basic premise is we have an energetic body in addition to our physical body that codes information about our past  survival techniques.  By balancing this energy body we can shift physical, emotional and psychological issues.

 Here is how it works- often in life, we face traumas and develop a survival response of how to deal.  These responses are coded within our  physical and energetic bodies like a snapshot.  The snapshots are beneficial at first because they got us through a tough situation and maybe subsequent traumas, but they often get outdated. This is when the snapshot responses are not always healthy or the best way to deal.  For example, let’s say when you were a child, you were stung by a bee and it hurt!  Now whenever you see a bee, your reaction is a panic, scream, and run away.  When you were a kid, freaking out was a great way to let an adult know there was a bee in the vicinity and to take care of the situation by placing it under a glass and moving it elsewhere.  Now that you are an adult, this survival technique is probably not as handy.   What you may not realize is that you can change your bee behavior (or snapshot) to be calm and at peace when a bee shows up so it will not sting you.  

 Now let’s say that your bee fear is a different problem, like relationship patterns, sexual trauma, self-worth issues or something else that’s got you down.  By identifying your “snapshots” and shifting them inside of your energetic body, relief and a new way of approaching life is yours.

Energy Psychology is like reprograming your modes of operation to healthier, calmer and more useful responses that serve you better. By changing our internal response we can change our perception of an external event. From those shifts comes the freedom to be at peace.  

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