Common questions about therapy

How do I know if I need therapy?

Perhaps you feel life is going pretty well but still sense that something is not quite right.Therapy offers no guarantees to magically fix problems, but through our work together you or your child may find inner strength or new perspectives that were unavailable to you before.  Often therapy is brief, like a “tune-up”, offering you a chance to slow down and access your own resources.  Other times, therapy is a long-term process.  Some issues become ingrained over years and certainly won’t be alleviated quickly.   If you struggle with symptoms of depression,  anxiety, feel stuck in your life or if you have experienced a loss or trauma, please give me a call and we can discuss whether I can be helpful to you.

How long does therapy last?

Therapy is a process unique to each person.  This is based on several factors including the severity of concerns and the kind of goals you have in mind. Together we can decide how many sessions will be the right fit for you.

Do you take insurance? 

I am a preferred provider with Premera, Kaiser, 
First Choice and Group Health Options.

After the first of the year (2019) I will no longer be contracted with Regence, Aetna, MHN, Cigna or United Behavioral Health.

For these plans with which I am not contracted, I am Out of Network.  Please check your coverage to see what portion of the fee would be reimbursed to you by your insurance company.  You would then pay my fee but I will provide you with the documentation needed to submit claims to your insurance companies for reimbursement as an "Out of Network" provider or for use with your Health Savings Account.  
My hourly fees are competitive with other providers in the area, given the quality of care my clients receive.  There are many benefits of private pay for therapy rather than using your insurance company for mental health treatment.  These are  mostly due to issues of confidentiality.