Therapeutic Orientation

My work with clients is based on specific therapeutic theories and methods including reality-based, present-oriented, developmental, cognitive-behavioral theories, insight oriented psychotherapy, mindfulness practice, guided imagery, dream work, and use of the expressive arts.

In recent years, my psychotherapeutic approach has been enhanced by the blending of traditional Western theories with Eastern philosophies, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Buddhist psychology teachings of Mark Epstein, M.D. and Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.

I have a general practice with areas of special interest that include developing resiliency in traversing life transitions, creating meaning in the second half of life, self-discovery in the creative/artistic process, mindfulness practice, and relationship issues.

Treatment Philosophy

I believe that most change resulting from therapy has to do with a combination of revealing oneself to another person in a trustworthy and mutually respectful relationship, increasing self-awareness, becoming better informed, and experimenting with and practicing new behaviors. I also believe in the connection of mind, body, spirit/soul and that attention to all three energies enhances a person's growth and sense of well-being.

We begin with an understanding of what is bringing you to therapy at this time and an assessment of your needs. You can expect me to listen carefully and compassionately as you share your thoughts, concerns, feelings, and we identify the obstacles that are preventing you from living your life according to what your truly long for and value.

I trust that you are the real expert on your life and my role is to support you in creating your life to be more in alignment with your values and visions, to be able to live in harmony with the changes life brings, and to fulfill your capacity to be more fully alive, creative, and responsive.

I am present-oriented but we may at times explore your family of origin relationships and experiences to better understand how messages about trust, security and expectations that you received from your primary caretakers and role models may be affecting your thinking and choices that are not serving you well.

On your part, effective therapy will require openness, a collaborative attitude, and your willingness to invest both time and effort between our sessions in working toward your personal growth. The length of treatment will depend on your particular needs.

The decision to engage in a therapeutic relationship is an act of courage and hope. By learning to be present and compassionate with your thoughts and emotions you open yourself to new possibilities and change. I wish you well on your journey to a more resilient, peaceful, and fulfilling life.

Payment and Insurance Coverage

My fee is $100 for a 50-minute individual session and $150 for a 90-minute couples session. Payment is payable in full at the time of each appointment. Collateral services such as letters, reports and consultations will be prorated and billed at $125 per hour.

Most medical insurance plans cover mental health services when you see a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am a Preferred Provider for Regence Blue Shield and I am also covered by several other insurance companies including Premera and Group Health Options. I encourage you to contact your insurance company for information regarding your mental health benefits. You are responsible for any unpaid balance that your insurance does not cover.