Below are the common questions I hear from clients.  If you don't see your question addressed here, please send a message via the Contact page.

How do I contact you?

The best way to reach me is by phone 206-913-9447.  You can also contact me via the Contact button on this website.  I attempt to return your call within 24-48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

How long should I expect to wait before getting an appointment to see you?

Generally, I am able to schedule an appointment within a one-week time period. I don’t believe in preventing a client from seeking therapy by keeping a waiting list.  If I’m not able to see you within that time, I will do my best to provide you with a couple of recommendations for your consideration.

What are your hours?

I am in the office Mon-Thurs, with morning, day, and evening hours available.

How much does Therapy cost?

As of March 1, 2017, a 50-minute session is $145.00.  An 80-minute session is $205.00.

Do you have a Sliding/Reduced-Fee Schedule?

I have a designated number of client slots dedicated to those who are unable to pay the full fee for therapy.  Please contact me directly to determine eligibility and availability.

Do you provide Pro-Bono Services to Active Military, Veterans and their Families?

I have a designated number of client slots available in my practice toward supporting the Military population by providing pro-bono services.  Please contact me directly to determine eligibility and availability.

Do you bill Insurance?

I am not a paneled provider for any Insurance company.  Many insurances will reimburse an “out of network provider.”  Please contact your insurance directly to determine eligibility and reimbursement rates.

How do I pay you?

At each session, you will be expected to pay either by Check or Cash for the session. Credit card payment is available by arrangement.  At your request, I will provide you with a monthly statement to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

What is your cancellation policy?

My cancellation policy is 48 hours.  Client who cancel or no-show for an appointment without giving proper notice will be expected to pay for the missed session.

What can I expect from therapy?

Research studies have concluded that after receiving treatment, almost 90% of clients report an improvement in their emotional health, and nearly two-thirds report an improvement in their overall physical health. Clients report marked improvement in work productivity, co-worker relationships, family relationships, partner relationships, emotional health, overall health, social life, and community involvement. A majority of clients report an improvement in their functioning at work, and over three-fourths of those receiving marital/couples or family therapy report an improvement in the couple relationship. When a child is the identified patient, parents report that their child's behavior improved in 73.7% of the cases, including their ability to get along with other children.

How do you protect my Confidentiality?

All consultations and records are confidential.  We do not email, fax, or transmit health information by an electronic mode.  Further, no one will be advised of your participation in therapy without you specifically requesting this in writing.  The law provides for certain exclusions for confidentiality in cases of child abuse, adult or domestic violence, health oversight, judicial or administrative proceedings, threat to health or safety of self or others, and workers compensation.

What is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems.

Marriage and Family Therapists broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as marriage and the family.  MFTs take a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well being of individuals and their families.

MFTs have graduate training (a Master's or Doctoral degree) in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience. Marriage and family therapists are recognized as a "core" mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. In a recent study, consumers report that marriage and family therapists are the mental health professionals they would most likely recommend to friends.

The regulatory requirements in most states are substantially equivalent to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Clinical Fellow membership standards. After graduation from an accredited program, a period - usually two years - of post-degree supervised clinical experience is necessary before licensure or certification. When the supervision period is completed, the therapist can take a state licensing exam, or the national examination for marriage and family therapists conducted by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB). This exam is used as a licensure requirement in most states.

AAMFT Clinical Fellow members meet stringent training and education requirements that qualify them for the independent practice of marriage and family therapy.  AAMFT requires Clinical Fellow members to abide by the AAMFT Code of Ethics, the most stringent ethical code in the marriage and family therapy profession. This code delineates specific ethical behavior and guidelines for members to follow to ensure the ethical treatment of clients. Clinical Fellow membership in AAMFT signifies an MFT's dedication to his or her ongoing professional development. Each month, AAMFT Clinical Fellow members receive important updates on current clinical and research developments in the field, as well as numerous opportunities throughout the year to attend professional development conferences.

What is the process for obtaining additional specialty certifications?

After completing a series of courses, the therapist is then eligible to apply for certifications; in some cases this requires additional practical experience, case consultation, individual personal therapy, and examinations to determine competency in the area studied prior to obtaining certification.