Frequently Asked Questions

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What can I expect in general?

If you think working together could support your goals, contact me to set up a free consultation if my practice is currently taking new clients. This will allow us to talk and see if I am a good fit for your needs and to answer any questions that you might have.  If we start working together, we’ll get to know each other and your healing process will begin.  At the beginning we’ll meet either weekly or bi-weekly to build trust between us and create momentum for your growth.  Each session is 55 minutes long.  We’ll talk, notice body sensations, process emotions, and find practical insights and strategies.

Change isn’t linear, and it can sometimes be slow.  Clients may spend 6-18 months with me, depending on their needs and goals.  If you want to see lasting results, it’s important to stay with the process.  You’ll put time, energy and money into this process, but things will get better and change.  

What can I expect in sessions?

Our sessions focus on whatever feels most helpful to you to process and explore.  Often, I’ll follow your lead as I ask questions, but sometimes I will be more directive in my approach if something is important for me to know about your experience or background. You direct much of what we discuss and  I’ll never skip over something that feels important to you. I also won't force you to talk about anything you don’t want to discuss.  When sessions are difficult, I’ll often leave you with a gentle question about how you can nurture yourself so you can be proactive about self-kindness when things are hard.  

What is expected of clients?

Therapy is an active process of creating healing, growth, and new patterns in our lives.  I realize that clients lead busy lives and therapy is just one part of it.  Therapy is most transformative when clients find time to reflect, try new things, and feel their feelings as they come up through the work.  I expect clients to actively engage with the process of therapy, to be honest with me, as well as themselves.

Where and when do we meet?

I work with clients within Washington state.  Most sessions are held over video call through a secure telehealth platform. I also have in-person sessions available in West Seattle.  Appointments are 55 minutes long.  Most of my clients have a regularly scheduled appointment time and meet either weekly or every other week depending on what the client wishes.

What happens if we aren't a good fit?

If we decide to work together I commit to the process with you, and will not stop our work together without good clinical or ethical reason. 

Research shows the best indicator of a good outcome in therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client.  I’m not an expert in everything, and there may be a need that comes up that is best treated by another therapist.  If we discover at any point that I’m not the right fit for you, I’ll do my best to help you find someone who is so you can continue this work.

What are resources for suicide support?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Clinic

Crisis Text Line