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  • How do you approach counseling?
    Personality wise, I think I am warm, caring, but also results-oriented. I really want our work to have impact in your life and help you change your relationship to anxiety! I see myself more as coach than a counselor, I help you learn what you need to know about your struggle, and then help you determine the steps you need to take to get better. As I grew in my career in counseling, I found that I loved working with OCD as I can see their lives changing. Not only that at times it afforded opportunity to use humor in counseling; if we can find ways to laugh about OCD's illogic, it helps take away some of the hold it has on people. During COVID I was surprised at how effective online counseling was for anxiety and OCD. In many ways online was better than in office, where we planned a lot of homework assignments but the client had to do them on their own when they left the office. Instead online allowed us to spend less time planning and more time actually doing the homework together. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). CBT and ERP are what they call "evidence-based" and "gold-standard" treatments, because there are numerous studies which show them to be highly effective in treating anxiety and OCD. I am also trained and grounded in theological studies. My faith teaches me that we are all human, no one is perfect and we all need help. I believe there is a God who loves us and desires a relationship with us. He has revealed himself most fully in scripture and through the person of Jesus Christ. I specialize in OCD and find I can particularly relate to those of a Christian faith, but love to help people of all walks of life and faith backgrounds. I integrate faith in counseling as desired by clients. No matter where you are in life, I would consider it a privilege to help you in your journey.
  • Does online counseling work?
    Sometimes its hard to believe that something so personal can be dealt with online. But when COVID made online counseling a necessity, I found it be just as if not more effective for OCD than in person. Reason being, rather than talking about and planning for some homework to be done in between sessions, clients are able to practice these exposures right in their own homes while being coached and counseled by an expert. And research is also bearing witness that online therapy works. If you want to learn more about it, check out these articles:
  • How much does counseling cost? And do you accept insurance?
    Cost of Sessions: The cost for an intake session is $300 for an hour and a half session. Weekly Individual counseling is $200 for a 50 minute session. Intensive counseling, is based on a $200 per hourly rate. Payments Accepted: Cash, check, Health Savings Account cards and credit cards are accepted. A receipt can be given for you to file with your insurance provider for reimbursement. Insurance: I am only in network with Cigna Insurance; should you chose to use your Cigna Insurance I can check on your plan costs and details. For all other insurance I am considered an out-of-network provider. You would pay me directly for the services, and I can provide you with a receipt you can file with your insurance company for reimbursement. Need to use your insurance? Because OCD is a specialized form of counseling, with a limited number of providers, very few of which are in-network, it is possible that you could make the case with your insurance that they have a "network deficiency" and get a "single case exception." If successful, you could get reimbursed at the in-network rates for an out-of-network specialist. See more information instructions here and here. Length of Treatment Every individual is unique so length of treatment varies. Some are able to get the results they want in only a few sessions, while others require 12-20 sessions to reach their goals.
  • Do you prescribe medications?
    I do not prescribe medications. During treatment I make referrals as necessary and work collaboratively with your permission with the prescribing physicians to ensure you receive the best and most comprehensive treatment. Some clients are able to improve their symptoms without medication, while may need medication to make progress. Medication alone however is not a solution, counseling helps address both the thinking and the behavior that are at the root and sustain your distress.
  • How do I get started?
    Under services tab, you can see the different ways to get started. The best way to get the most support and get better the most effectively is to book one-on-one support starting with an assessment. I know reaching out, making the investment in yourself and talking to someone can be scary, but I hope you will take the risk. I know what a difference it can make in your life as I see it everyday in the clients that I work with.
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