110 Main Street, Edmonds WA 98020
200 1st Ave W, Seattle WA 98119
I currently accept patients through my partnership with Alliant Therapy Group, PLLC, a group practice serving the Greater Seattle Area. King County, and Snohomish County. If you would like to schedule an intake session with me, please submit an appointment request via Alliant's online request service.
Private pay: $100 per 50-minute session.
In-network: Under my work in group practice with Alliant Therapy Group, I accept most major insurances and select EAP referrals. Upon completion of intake paperwork, a courtesy benefits check will be conducted to receive an approximation of your mental health coverage. However, patients are fully responsible for understanding and confirming coverage, copays/coinsurance, and deductible amounts.
Out-of-network: Some insurance plans will cover a portion of out-of-network service costs. I can provide clients with a super bill to submit to their insurance provider for claim reimbursement.
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Sometimes patients come to session and express they have nothing to talk about for that week. Usually, this means patients have run out of active content - for example, things that have happened that week or things that have been bothering them - or they're censoring what they're talking about, or talking around the thing that actually needs to be talked about. I invite you to believe there is no right, wrong, or appropriate thing to talk about in therapy. Trust that your therapist can sort out with you the importance in what you might judge as mundane or silly. It might link back to a so-far unseen pattern, shine light on where your anxiety or depression get triggered, or be a clue to what’s underneath the anger that you’ve been told is your “problem.”
The length of therapy depends on your needs and intentions. Sometimes patients participate in brief therapy, while others find they have larger or more deeply-rooted concerns that take more time to process through and work on. Therapy is really about whatever a patient needs—a one-time conversation, a temporary source of support during a life transition, or an ongoing experience to optimize health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
In essence, therapy sessions are focused on understanding and overcoming present-day problems, symptoms, and concerns. Patients describe their current situation - plus any thoughts, feelings, and behaviors connected to it - and then the therapist uses their expertise to assist clients in trying to resolve that problem. This may include looking at thought patterns, belief systems, fears, attachment reactions, self-identity, past stressors, and more - it may also include help with figuring out how to describe what the problem actually is! Session flow will also depend on what brings you to therapy - for example, therapy for trauma will look different from therapy for anxiety, and certain modalities change the way sessions are facilitated (such as EMDR and CPT).
In the United States, a licensed therapist or counselor is usually a Masters-level healthcare provider, while a licensed psychologist has usually completed research at the doctoral-level. In Washington State, both licensed therapists and psychologists are diagnosticians - we can diagnose and treat the full spectrum of mental health disorders. A key difference is that psychologists are qualified to conduct psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, whereas licensed therapists conduct counseling assessments. Another role is psychiatrists - they are medical doctors who can prescribe psychiatric medication and oversee medication management. There are also ARNPs (Advanced Registered Nurse Practioners), who are Master's - or sometimes doctoral level - nurses who can also prescribe medication, provide brief therapy, and oversee medication management.
There is a great deal of uncertainty in our society about what actually happens during a therapy session, what types of issues and problems are suitable for therapy, and what benefits a therapy session can provide. While some therapists do specialize in severe emotional disturbances, many focus on simply helping patients work through far more typical, everyday challenges like stress at work, relational difficulties, working on boundaries, and improving communication skills. A key perspective here is that therapy can act as a preventative tool - for example, when we catch stress and other issues early, we can prevent them from getting worse and turning into a mental health disorder.
On the flip side, sometimes patients worry that there are too many symptoms they're living with and believe this "muchness" is too much, too confusing, or too random for therapy. It's important to understand that many symptoms can be seen as the different ways your mind and body is expressing stress, grief, trauma, or imbalance (e.g., genetic, neurobiological). In this way, there are usually unifying reasons and causes beneath seemingly at-odds symptoms. This is also where a therapist is helpful - they can facilitate a way to navigate what's happening for you and help you make connections and changes.
Friends and family are a big part of your support network, and their insights and encouragement can be very helpful. However, people who already know you might not always be completely objective when listening to you. This is why working with a therapist can be so valuable - as well as the knowledge they have about mental well-being. It's a unique opportunity to share everything you’re feeling, and everything you want to create, without anyone interrupting you, imposing their own anxieties onto the conversation, or telling you that you’re “wrong” or that you “can’t.”
A therapy session is a space where you don’t have to worry about hurting anyone else’s feelings—you can be totally honest. It also means you have the potential to solve problems faster and with greater success. In the long run, that’s better for you and everyone else involved in your life, too.