Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees?
My current fees for individuals and couples are:
$140 for a 50-minute individual or couple session
$160 for 60-minute intake session (the first session)
$200 for a 75-minute individual or couple session
My current Hypnotherapy fees are:
$280 for a 110-minute session
Where is your office located?
My office is located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The address is 1818 Westlake Ave N., Suite 404, Seattle, WA 98109.
Are you taking new clients?
Yes, I am taking new clients. I do however have limited availability. I currently have late morning and mid-afternoon appointment open on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I don't have evening or weekends available at this time, but I am happy to add you to the waitlist.
Is there parking?
There is a metered parking lot outside of the building - It's $1.50/hr and free after 4pm and on weekends.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
I require 24-hour notice for all cancellations. If a session is missed or less than 24-hours is provided, the full rate of the session will be charged.
What can I expect from therapy?
If you’ve never been to therapy before, it’s very common not to know what to expect. Before starting therapy, I recommend we have a phone consultation to discuss what is bringing you to therapy at this time and to make sure I am the best therapist to help you. During the phone consultation we’ll determine whether to schedule an in-person appointment. The first in-person appointment is called an intake session. During the intake session we will determine how to best structure therapy so that is it beneficial to your personal goals for seeking therapy. Subsequent sessions are all about you—you talk about what is important to you and I listen and help provide insight.
Therapy tends to works best when there is a clear objective in mind. In other words, how do you feel today verse how would you like to feel in the future, and how can we help you achieve that feeling? Sessions are structured around helping you to grow towards that goal and dealing with the obstacles that get in the way.
How long is a typical session?
What is it like to work with you?
Weekly sessions are generally 50-minutes. More frequent or longer sessions are sometimes warranted- which can be discussed once we start working together.
How frequently will I attend therapy?
Meeting consistently is essential for effective therapy. I work with all new clients on a weekly bases. We can discuss altering the frequency once there is a better understand of what you'd like to achieve in therapy.
How long will therapy last?
The duration of therapy varies from person to person. Some people find a sense relief after only a few sessions. Others book sessions to focus solely on one particular area of their life and end treatment when that is complete. Others may find that the ongoing challenges of life require ongoing therapeutic support and they appreciate having a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly therapy sessions on the calendar. Therapy can be whatever you need. It can be a one-time conversation, a temporary place to get support during a challenging life transition, or it can be a consistent place for ongoing process and healing work.
Many clients have told me that I am very real and genuine with them. I take this to mean that, as apposed to quietly sitting back and nodding my head inquisitively, I am very much present and interactive with you. Using both my personal experience and professional insight, I approach our work together with warmth, humor, curiously and compassion. My role is help shine a light on your blind spots, so that you can better understand yourself, your perspectives and motivations, which will hopefully empower you to approach that which you are struggling with a clearer understanding.
Do you offer video session?
Yes, I utilize a HIPAA compliant platform for video sessions. I can only provide counseling sessions to Washington state residence, but I do offer hypnotherapy sessions to those who are located outside of Washington. Online sessions are ideal for those who live too far away, or do not want to battle traffic. They can also be useful on snow days or when unforeseen circumstances prevent you from traveling. Ideally our first session would take place in person in my office.
What happens if we meet and discover we're not a 'good fit' to work together?
Finding a good match with a therapist is key to a successful experience. If for some reason it seems as though you have an issue or concern that is outside of my area of expertise, I will gladly provide you with referrals to therapists with whom you may be more appropriately matched.
You work with a therapy dog, can you explain the benefits?
Research shows there are many benefits to having an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog present during counseling sessions. Interactions with a gentle and friendly therapy dogs can increase oxytocin (the bonding hormone) and dopamine levels (the pleasure chemical) while also lowering levels of cortisol (the fight, flight, or freeze chemical). Therapy dogs also provide comfort, encourage communication, and decreases feelings of isolation and alienation.
What if I am allergic to or don't like dogs?
If you are allergic to dogs it is important to keep in mind that Otis is not 100% hypoallergenic (he is about 85% though). While it hasn't come up often, I have worked with clients who are allergic to dogs and they are able to tolerate being in my office with Otis just fine. However, if you do not feel comfortable being around a dog for any reason, we should consider video sessions rather then in-person. Many of my clients truly enjoy Otis and have come to rely on his presence in the room, and for that reason he is generally always in the office.