What does a typical session look like?
Our first session will generally include getting to know each other and the nature of the problems that brought you in and what you�d like to accomplish through the experience. We will also go over any necessary paperwork. From there I will largely allow you to choose the direction. Success in therapy depends on the individual wanting to make a change in his or her life, so I will generally encourage my clients to get the ball rolling each week. This requires a certain amount of thought about our work during the week and prior to each session. Sessions are usually 50 minutes in length unless otherwise agreed upon.
How long will therapy last?
This depends on several factors: your reasons for coming into therapy, the nature of your problems, and the degree to which you would like to address them. Obviously, you have the option to terminate counseling at any time, but I generally prefer to come to a mutual decision about when is an appropriate time to end therapy.
How do I know this is confidential?
In general, everything you tell me during therapy remains confidential between you and me. You may, in writing, permit me to talk to other people about your case if you�d like. Also, in two specific circumstances, I will need to break confidentiality: if you express plans to harm yourself or if you express plans to harm somebody else, I am required by law to protect you and others from such actions.
Can I use my health insurance?
This depends on the type of coverage you have. I am able to bill most major insurance companies in Washington State such as Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield and Uniform Medical Plan. I am also a member of the Multi-Plan Network, which many major insurance providers have contracts with. The level of coverage depends on your specific plan and I always recommend verifying benefits with your provider before beginning treatment. You will be responsible for any co-pays, deductibles and disallowed visits. It's always useful to see what kind of "out-of-network" benefits you receive if I am not contracted with your provider