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Questions, Concerns, What to Expect

Common Questions

How long will I be in therapy?

There is no set time frame in which "healing takes". As the client you have power over when you are "done" or are ready to take a break. Therapy is like a living piece of art, it moves organically depending on how engaged every one is in the process and the environmental factors you have.

Will I have to lay on a couch while you talk? What will this look like?

Remember: You are the expert on your life, I have tools to help you live it differently. Therapy is best when it is a give and take conversation.

Do you offer sliding scale rates?

Yes. These rates will be set at intake. Evaluation rates established over the phone prior to scheduling. Standard rates are: Evaluation $180, Individual 60 mins $160 and Family therapy ranges $150-165.

How long does each therapy session take?

Appointments are scheduled in blocks of one hour, typically they wrap up between 50 and 55 mins.

What is EMDR?

EMDR or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a trauma treatment protocol developed to treat Vietnam Vets in the early 1980's. This is a treatment that helps the brain "refile" trauma experiences to allow you fewer moments of being triggered or having flashbacks. It may sound like voodoo but it is scientifically based and well researched to provide positive outcomes to those with trauma.

I utilize to do virtual EMDR work. 

Is telehealth safe?

Yes. I utilize a platform that is HIPPA compliant, supported by TheraNest. In the current age of technology and global health concerns, it important to offer mental health treatment in safe, secure and consistent ways. After you schedule I will send a link to the client portal; which hold the links to your telehealth (under appointments in the portal). 

Some considerations for you scheduling a telehealth appointment: are you in a safe place? Is it quiet/private enough to speak freely?

What if I am in crisis?

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency please contact:
Clark County Crisis at 800-626-8137; Cowlitz County 360-423-0452 x138, NAMI  800-950-6264, WARM Line 360-903-2853, Veterans Crisis 800-273-8255, or Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860.
You can also text: NAMI at 741741, teen2teen to 839863, or Trevor Text by texting START to 678678. 


The Listen Line is another wonderful resource in Clark County for when you are needing supports.
You may also call 911.

What if I need more help? Medication? In patient?

If you are seeking medication management you can contact your primary care physician for referrals or I can provide you local resources such as MedRX in Vancouver, WA. 

If you are seeking group therapy or inpatient I can provide you these resources. In the PDX metro area there are resources such as Unity Hospital (Portland) or Rainier Springs (Vancouver) for partial hospitalizations and stabilization programs. Substance abuse resources are also available if you are needing referrals.

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