Would our Work Together Look Like?
I don’t have a pat answer to that question because you are unique.
But you and I would collaborate to find the best response to
whatever leads you to seek counseling. I often use curiosity-led
exploration and dream work. I may also offer you specific exercises
to help overcome harmful “habits” in your thinking or emotions.
For more about how we might work together,
click here for the My Influences page.
I see most clients once per week for a 50-minute session, though
some clients I see less frequently and some, more often.
Background and Training
I hold a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and I have had a private psychotherapy practice in Seattle since 2001. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington (LH 00010200).
In addition, my previous experience has given me a rich background of work with people in different settings. I was a consulting mechanical engineer with a master of science degree. As a project manager in the field of failure analysis, management and group dynamics were central to my work. I also co-founded and worked for years with a soup kitchen that served the mentally ill.
What Does it Cost?
My regular rate is $110.00 for a 50-minute session. I also have a
number of time slots each week for which I offer a sliding scale at
a range of rates. If you need a sliding scale, please call. I can
review what I have open currently.
Can Therapy Really Help?
Research has shown conclusively that psychotherapy helps
individuals with a variety of issues that lead them to seek help.
Not everyone feels better, though. Sometimes help comes in the form
of processing, accepting things that can’t be changed, or support in
opening to directions you hadn’t believed were possible.
How Does Someone Choose a Therapist?
What you want is a good fit for your style—a therapist with whom
you can feel safe in being honest, even when it’s difficult. Start
by talking to a prospective therapist on the phone: See how it feels
and whether his or her approach fits for you. If it seems promising,
make an appointment, and meet to check it out. If you’re still not
sure, meet with another therapist.
But consider this, too: If you tend to leave relationships when
things get difficult, if you have trouble committing, or if you have
a hard time sticking with things that take effort and persistence,
then you may want to work with a therapist without waiting for it to
feel “just right,” and stay a little longer than you might
otherwise. But by all means, talk to your therapist all along about
what works and doesn’t, what fits and doesn’t.
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