Getting Started

I offer a complimentary phone consultation to help us determine if we would like to work together...

You may leave a message on my confidential voicemail at 503.224.6559.  I will return your call within 24 hours, Monday through Friday (9am-6pm).  I usually return calls from the weekend on Monday.  Or if it's more convenient, you may schedule a time to chat via the contact form.  When we talk, I am happy to answer your questions and to hear a bit about what you are looking for.  If it feels like a fit, we set up a first appointment.

In the first appointment...

You experience what it's like to be in my space and see how it feels for us to collaborate together.  We talk about what is going on in your life that brings you in now and what you would like out of counseling.  I invite you to tell me what you think is important for me to know about you.  I make time for you to ask me questions about how I work, and for me to give you feedback about how we may work together to meet your goals.

By the end of the session...

We make a decision about what comes next.  Sometimes people know right away that they would like to work with me - other times people need to sit with it, and come to a decision later.  Finding a good fit is essential, and I want to support you in that process at whatever pace feels right to you.

If we decide to work together...

We agree on a day and time that works for us to meet on a regular basis.  I recommend meeting on a weekly basis.  This way you get the most value out of therapy because the frequency and consistency allows us to build trust in our relationship and keeps the work alive.  It may also be the one time during the week that you carve out just for you - that you commit to yourself.

Fees and payment...

My fees are $125 for a 50 minute session or $185 for a 75 minute session. I ask for payment at the beginning of each session. I accept cash, checks, or Visa & MC.  I am not on panel with any insurance companies by choice.  However, I can supply you with a receipt as an out of network provider that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement.