Frequently Asked Questions

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How does therapy work?

Typically, therapy works best when we meet on a weekly basis, at the same time.  Because you bring your own experiences, character, personality, strengths, and needs into the room, therapy looks different for everyone.  Therapy is a collaborative process and we will develop treatment goals together that will serve as the focus of our work.

How is Lifespan Integration different from other therapies?

According to the Lifespan Integration website, Lifespan Integration (LI) is founded in the belief that body-mind system can resolve and heal trauma by itself. Through the process of rapidly and repeatedly viewing one’s timeline, we come to see and believe that the past is over. “Lifespan Integration is a very gentle method which works on a deep neural level to change patterned responses and outmoded defensive strategies. LI therapy helps people connect unpleasant feelings and dysfunctional patterns with the memories of the past events from which these feelings and strategies originated.” This does not occur in the same way that typical talk therapies explore the same content. LI is experiential and does not require that trauma be talked about in depth in order to be resolved. It heals without re-traumatizing.

How do I become a client?

To become a new client, contact me using the Contact Form with some brief background information about yourself and the concerns you are bringing to counseling. I will respond through email to see if your needs and my approach, expertise, and availability align. We may consult briefly (15 minutes) over the phone for questions or concerns you may have. The next step after that is to be added to my client portal, identify your weekly appointment time, and complete the intake and consent forms in the portal.

This is all completed online via Simple Practice, my online health records system. This system offers you email and/or text reminders for upcoming appointments. At this time, all appointments are offered through my HIPAA compliant Zoom video platform, unless you live in the Sonoma County area and would like to schedule face-to-face sessions. I will send you an appointment link a few days ahead of your scheduled session.

How much does it cost?

My fee per session is $160, $220 for the first diagnostic session in which I collect background information, help develop treatment goals, and answer questions you may have about the process. For my Washington clients, I am in-network with Premera and First Choice. For out-of-network clients, I will provide you a superbill (a summary of sessions each month) which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Because not all plans are the same, call your insurance company to understand your out-of-network benefits. Some plans reimburse at quite generous rates.

What is the cancellation policy?

As a general courtesy, I ask that you give a minimum 24-hour notice to cancel an appointment. This gives me the opportunity to offer the session to another client. Otherwise, you will be charged the full cost of the session. Insurance companies do not cover the cost of missed appointments or late-canceled appointments, so please be advised that the charge will fall on you for late notice.