Q: What is your availability?
I am currently available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9AM and 7PM. First appointments are usually scheduled 1-2 weeks from the consultation. Evening appointments tend to be what I call, “prime real estate slots.” If I do not have openings where you would like, you are welcome to ask to be added to the wait list in order to get the spot you would prefer.

Q: How can I get ahold of you between sessions?
I welcome quick, skill based, phone calls as needed between sessions. I typically check messages several times during business days and sporadically on days when I am not working. I accept emails and text messages for appointment scheduling and re-scheduling only. More detailed information should be left for phone messages in order to maintain your privacy.

Q: How long will therapy take?
Length of time in therapy is dependent on several different variables. Meeting your goals can take anywhere from 3 months to a year and occasionally longer. Once you meet your goal you will have the option to meet as often as you need to maintain change.

Q: What is the difference between a therapist and a coach?
While a coach is helpful in coaching you through a specific period in your life, therapy is about looking at big picture themes and root causes. Therapy, as I practice it, does not have a predetermined outline and time limit. It allows for your specific pace and needs. Some people prefer a pre-structured outline and price in order to get through their current struggle. A coach may be best in this situation.  Also, in to call myself a therapist I was required to complete specific types of training and experience.

Q: What is therapy really like?
             I will start by saying there is no chaise lounge and a person behind a note pad doodling as is sometimes seen on TV. We will get to know each other and build a safe environment. We will then discuss different types of therapy I am trained in and discuss which is the best fit for you. I may be an expert in the field but you are the only expert in you, so I encourage open dialogue. We will discuss skills to meet your goals and discuss ways in which you can improve to be the best you. You will leave each session with a take away skill or concept so that you can continue working in between sessions. When doing EMDR our brains often process between sessions. You will not receive skills in these sessions, however you will still leave with take away insight.

Q: What types of therapy do you use?
              I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). DBT uses mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation in order to learn ways to manage behaviors we would like to change. EMDR uses eye movement and other bi-lateral stimulation in order to process old memories which are stuck and causing anxiety. I also use an addiction protocol to re-process pleasure responses to addictive behavior in order to make them more manageable. I am less formally trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.

Q: What is some information about utilizing insurance?
I am currently able to take a few insurance and EAP services. Please ask about insurance during your consultation call if you would like to utilize this service. While I am able to take some insurance, many people choose not to utilize their insurance. Insurance requires a diagnosis and often puts time or protocol restraints on the therapist. Certain diagnosis can be accessed in the future when obtaining private insurance or when obtaining some licensure (IE: a pilot’s license). Insurance companies also have access to your records for auditing purposes. Deciding not to utilize insurance can allow for an increased amount of privacy and flexibility.  

Q: What do I do if I am in Crisis?
If the situation is life threatening, please call 911 or take yourself to the nearest emergency room. If you need psychiatric assistance immediately you can call Colorado Crisis services. They are available 24/7 and can be called at (844) 493-8255. If your matter can wait until I am able to return your message you are welcome to call and leave a message asking for me to call you back. Please know that when calls are returned they will be answered with a problem solving mindset.