Frequently Asked Questions

What is your counseling style?

It could be described as collaborative, solution-oriented and/or narrative, depending on the desires you have for therapy.  Usually, people find their way into therapy because they have a hard time finding solutions to their problems.  They may want someone safe to talk with outside their normal circle of friends/family, or they want someone to talk with who can listen to their pain. In therapy sessions, I will create a safe environment for us to explore your concerns.   We will develop a process together in which we can explore different angles of how to build solutions, and develop an awareness of utilizing the problems as a springboard to a richer life path.

Will you be able to give me the tools to overcome my problem?
I will not give you one answer, but we will explore, collaboratively, many possible solutions that may work for your situation. I don’t really like the term “tools” as it means that therapy is like going to see a mechanic in order to fix what is broken.  I believe that my job as a therapist is to increase awareness of the many possibilities that exist in how to work “with” your problems rather than working “on” your problems.

What problems/issues do you specialize in?
I have worked for many years with individuals, couples, and families regarding a multitude of problems, including depression, anxiety, grief, infidelity, financial concerns, addictions, and broken relationships.  

I believe in listening to the problems rather than treating them. For instance, my approach is more about “What is the problem trying to tell you?” rather than “How can we get the problem out of the way so I can go on doing what it is I think I must do?” In Chinese, the symbol for “crisis” also contains “opportunity” with it.  Together, we can utilize the problem as an opportunity to make the changes in your life for a better life path.

Will the therapy be strictly confidential?
Yes. However, there are exceptions to confidentiality that include the following:
* Reporting suspected child abuse or neglect
* Reporting if there is an imminent danger to client or others
* Reporting information required court subpoena
* In the context of couple counseling or family therapy, any individual’s confidences will not be revealed to others in the client unit without the prior written permission of that individual.

How do I get the counseling process started?
The first step is to make an appointment.   You can schedule an appointment by either calling the office or using the confidential online scheduling system link on this website to make an appointment at your convenience.  You can also contact me by email directly from the contact page on this website. My office location is easy to find and has ample parking with handicapped accessibility.  It is located near public transportation.

After you arrive, you will need to fill out about five minutes of paperwork.  You will be able to ask any questions that you may have concerning the counseling process with me.  If you are utilizing insurance or EAP, I will do a short behavioral health intake evaluation with you, and then we will have a discussion regarding the concern(s) that brought you to counseling. I will be able to start providing feedback at the end of your first visit.

What are your rates?
My rate for EAP and Insurance is up to $150 per session.  There is a 50% discount for those paying out-of-pocket (no insurance), which amounts to $75 per session.

Do you accept my insurance?
I currently accept the following insurances:

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and/or BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Compsych
  • Medicaid
    • Blue Cross / Blue Sheild
    • Molina
    • Presbyterian
    • United Behavioral Health (Optum)
  • MHN
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • New Mexico Health Connections
  • Presbyterian
  • TRICARE / TriWest
  • United Behavioral Health (Optum)

 I can except other insurances on an out-of-network basis. (Please contact my office if you still have concerns about your insurance coverage.)

I have free EAP sessions,  what happens after the sessions are completed?
At your final session, we will discuss how and if you would like to continue counseling.  In many cases, the employee insurance benefits can be utilized at this point.  My office can check your benefits and eligibility to assist in assessing your options.

Do you prescribe medications?
I do not prescribe medications.  If you are wanting or needing medications and wish to still see me for counseling, I can refer you to a nurse practitioner or psychiatrist to meet that area of your treatment.

Can you work with my child?
I do not work with children or adolescents (up to age 18).

What are your qualifications and experience?
I have been counseling individuals, couples, and families for over 20 years. I have worked in the Community Mental Health and Managed Care settings for many years before I entered private practice. I have been licensed in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy in the states of Washington (since 2001) and Oregon (since 2005) respectively. I am currently licensed in New Mexico as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC) and Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). I hold certificates as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).