What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I begin with a complimentary consultation to discuss concerns you have and the goals you want to achieve in our work together. If a client wishes to continue, I schedule the first session, provide paperwork, discuss confidentiality, informed consent, and client rights to privacy. Additional appointments are scheduled to begin the process of counseling.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I hold a Master of Arts in Education in Counseling from Seattle University. I also hold a National Certified Counselor certification as well as an Associate's License to practice Mental Health Counseling in Washington State. I have maintained an average of over 36 clock hours per year in continuing education related to topics of anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, gestalt therapy, and career counseling.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I have a standard rate per hour for both individuals and couples. I have a sliding scale that offers support to clients who do not have insurance or the means to pay the full rate. I am a part of Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, a site of professionals who believe mental health services should be affordable to everyone who wants mental health services.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I believe that I have always wanted to help people as a counselor. I began feeling this way when I was managing retail businesses and it has progressed in my work in higher education. I am committed to supporting people find meaningful work, making meaning of their individual experiences, and helping others live authentic lives.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have supported adults throughout the lifespan, ranging from 18-75 years old. I thrive in working with all people who are looking to find new ways of making meaning in their daily lives.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I facilitated a workshop for a group of leaders who were interested in identifying their strengths as individuals and as a collective team. The workshop was an hour and a half and the feedback I received from participants was that the workshop was helpful for them to see the amount of experience and strength they have collectively.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Counseling is a process of building a trusted and safe relationship. If you do not feel like you can trust your counselor/therapist or you do not feel safe, fire them. Don't give up and keep searching for someone who is willing to meet you where you are while providing a brave space and trusting environment for you to explore yourself.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Therapy is hard work and it may not feel like much is being accomplished right out of the gate. Be courageous, patient, and willing to bring up stuff that challenges you. Healing is in the present, but the past helps find the way.