While coaching is a short-term, goal-oriented process, therapy offers an open-ended space for processing events in your life. Therapy may be the right fit if you don’t want to be limited to six or twelve sessions and like having the freedom to discuss whatever is on your mind and process events without needing to adhere to specific goals. Therapy offers a supportive relationship over a longer period of time and much of the value in therapy comes from the relationship itself. Most therapy clients are seen weekly for 50 minute sessions and the process begins with a thorough overview of your history and current life factors in order to create a picture of where you are most needing support in your life.
I became a therapist because I like hearing people’s life stories and felt inspired to help others make positive changes in their lives. Every individual has a unique story and struggle, but sometimes outside support is needed to help sort through areas of confusion in order to clarify a vision for the future. Therapy is not just for individuals in crisis but can also support your desire for greater balance or personal fulfillment in life. My first goal when I meet a client is to establish an environment of safety, trust and acceptance. It’s important that you feel safe to express vulnerability and to creatively explore and express your authentic self while in relationship with another.
My therapeutic style has developed over time based on a variety of therapeutic models, life experiences and my own personality and style of working with clients. I use a collaborative style of therapy in which I assist clients in accessing their own strengths and emotional awareness in order to develop a greater trust in the self. At this time I am only working with adult, individual clients and do not currently offer couples or family therapy. My approach to therapy draws from my education in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Positive Psychology, Narrative therapy, Humanistic therapy, Compassionate communication, Somatic therapies, Hakomi, Systems theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy, among other therapeutic models.
VIDEO SESSIONS: I currently offer phone and video sessions for individual clients who reside anywhere in the state of Oregon. I do not have the option to meet with clients face to face in an office setting at this time. While there are some limitations to online therapy, it also offers benefits such as being able to seek services outside of the town where you reside and the ability to schedule meetings from home or fit them into a busy, on-the-go lifestyle!
FEES FOR THERAPY: If you decide to begin therapy services with me after the initial consultation, you will be charged starting with your first session. My standard fee for therapy is $100 per fifty minute session. If you are unable to afford these rates, please ask whether there are sliding scale spots available. I’m not currently on any insurance panels but your insurance may be willing to reimburse you for the cost of therapy depending on your specific health care plan. You can contact your insurance and inquire about whether you have any out of network benefit, what percentage of the fee they will reimburse and the amount of your out of network deductible. If your insurance helps to reimburse you the cost you will not be eligible for the sliding scale and will pay the full fee upfront. I will provide a receipt for you to submit to insurance for reimbursement.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Just as with physical health mental health has different tiers of care. My therapy practice is focused on helping clients to fully thrive in their lives but sometimes clients need more specialized care than I am able to offer at this time. If you are in a space of acute trauma, mental illness, addiction or self-harming behaviors I’m happy to help you seek practitioners who specialize in that type of treatment but I do not. If you are currently in crisis, please call 911, the Multnomah County Crisis line (Portland area residents) at (503) 988-4888 or text CONNECT to 741741 for a crisis counselor.
Please contact me if you have any questions about the services I offer, the process of therapy, or if you’re interested in setting up a free consultation. If I’m unable to meet your therapy needs, I encourage you to visit Portland Therapy Center at www.portlandtherapycenter.com or Therapy Den if you are outside of the Portland area at www.therapyden.com.