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About Therapy

Ultimately, my goal is to help you develop an inner world with a clear sense of self-love, self-compassion, and courage, as well as an outer life of joy, great relationships, and purposeful work. I know that this can sound like a tall order. Though our approach to creating this will be based on your unique needs, goals, and aspirations, there are a few foundational techniques that we will likely be relying on:

  • We will aim to start the healing process from the get-go. This means noticing your unique strengths and gifts and leveraging them for our success. It also means working relationally, so that you feel less alone in the world and supported on your path to health.
  • From that foundation, we will work together to examine – both intellectually and emotionally – the problems that have been plaguing your life.
  • From there, we will use evidence-based tools to heal old wounds and improve your inner and outer worlds, behavioral techniques to change ingrained habits, and ancestral wisdom to help you become your truer, happier self.

From the outside looking in, our work looks like two smart people solving persistent problems and eventually celebrating success. Experienced from the inside, our work feels like a deep partnership with a shared commitment to safely navigate and untangle the harder parts of your inner world. If we do our job correctly, you will experience deep insights into yourself, as well as emotional shifts and healing that you can literally feel.

Ultimately, the focus is on succeeding in two arenas. The first arena is pain, and the goal is to dial down the suffering that is rooted in depression, anxiety, regret, trouble with relationships, and so on. The second arena is transformation and flourishing, and the goal is to dial up the energy, happiness, connection, joy, and success of a life well-lived.

Each session is 50 minutes.

The only true answer to this question is, “it depends.” Generally speaking, the more heart (i.e. your true self — the good, the bad, and the ugly) that you bring to the project, the more you will accomplish and the faster you will progress.

With this in mind, it is important to realize that therapy is not a “quick fix.” While certain techniques and practices can indeed lead to meaningful results within a few sessions, sometimes people need a long-term approach for these changes to take root and be sustained. Legitimate, effective and safe therapy is a marathon, not a sprint.

Within a few sessions, most of my clients feel that they have a better handle on the problems that they have struggled with for years. From there, we have a few options: we can explore the underlying issues and work to heal them, we can focus on developing optimal mental health, or if you’d like, we can wrap up our work together.

Together, we will determine an optimal meeting frequency (e.g. once a week, twice a month, etc.). Ultimately, you will have the final say on the nature of the engagement, and I will defer to your preferences regarding your schedule, availability, and resources.

Yes! I am living proof that therapy is not some abstract exercise in wishful thinking. When done well, it is pragmatic and truly transformative. Therapy and meditation have helped me sustainably create an inner life that is richer and better than I imagined possible – I hope they will for you too!

Good therapy is all about collaboration between you and your therapist. I will do everything I can to maximize your results and demonstrate that I am truly committed to your transformation. There are also things you can do on your end to maximize our chances of success. This includes:

  • Keeping your phone on silent (or maybe even airplane mode) during our sessions.
  • Being as honest and open as you can — both with me and with yourself.
  • Spending a little time before each session centering yourself and reflecting on what you would like to focus on. If you realize you are not sure what to focus on, that’s ok too! We will identify top priorities and root issues together.
  • Spending a little time after each session to absorb what you have discovered about yourself and your life. I often suggest jotting down the most important insights from our session or going for a walk around the block before returning to the rest of your day.
  • Journaling between sessions to capture your thoughts, feelings, and changes in experience. You do not need to share your journal with me, but you are certainly welcome to do so if you feel it might enhance your progress.

Absolutely! Being an effective ally is one of my core values. If you’re interested in working together, I’d love to chat. If I’m not the right provider for you, I’ll do my best to help you find someone who is.

Privacy & Confidentiality

Yes, our sessions are completely confidential, with a few exceptions required by law.* In fact, unless you instruct me otherwise, I will not even acknowledge to any other party that I know you, let alone that I am your therapist. Have you wondered why there are no client testimonials on this website? Well, now you know!

*Please keep in mind that there are certain situations in which a therapist is legally required to share otherwise confidential information. These situations include: if you make a credible threat against another person, if you tell me that you intend to harm yourself, if you report elder abuse, child abuse, or abuse of other dependent people, or if a judge subpoenas your records (in which case I would advocate for a limited release). Otherwise all of our conversations are entirely confidential.

Fees

The base fee for a session is $200. Like many therapists, I work on a sliding scale. If $200 per session is too expensive for you I am happy to discuss working together at $170 per session or in some cases $150.

If $200 is too inexpensive for you, we can also discuss a higher fee provided we both believe it will contribute to your overall health and healing.*

Payment can be made by check, cash, credit card, or electronic payment systems like Venmo and Paypal.

*You may be wondering, “Do clients really choose to pay more than your base rate?” Yep. I have multiple clients who have elected to pay more per session – sometimes much more. Though there are a few reasons clients choose to do this it usually boils down to the simple reality that paying more forces them to take the work more seriously.

Yes! I reserve 10% of my appointments every week for clients who can demonstrate financial need. These sessions, similar to some meditation or yoga classes, are “pay what you can.”

Unfortunately, I do not currently have openings for pay what you can sessions (3/13/2021).

I am an out-of-network provider. Insurers often require that I give you a mental health diagnosis, limit the frequency and timing of our sessions, and restrict communication between appointments. All of these things can be counterproductive for your health.

If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, I am happy to provide documentation of our work together (a “superbill”) so that you may apply for reimbursement.

Next Steps

Great! Our first step is to schedule an initial 50-minute consultation. This session is totally confidential, free, and has no strings attached. We will discuss what’s happening in your life, what you would like to work on, and what has and has not worked for you in the past. Our goal is to ensure that we are a good fit for one another. If we are, then we will book your first appointment. However, if we are not, then I will do my best to connect you with a provider or resources that can help. You can request an initial consultation by filling out this form.

Location

Out of an abundance of caution, all sessions are currently being conducted online via telehealth. I intend to open my office for in person meetings once the pandemic is over.

I offer mental health consulting to clients outside of Colorado. This service is designed for people who have already been in therapy, and are interested in increasing their levels of happiness, connection, confidence, and self-love. For legal reasons, this work focuses on the present and future vs. the past.

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