Questions and Answers
What is your rate?
My rate is $185 per 50 minute session. I offer a limited number of sliding scale and young professional rate spots based on income level. Please don’t hesitate to call and find out more.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Credit Card, Cash, Check, Paypal, Venmo, HSA accounts
Do you accept insurance?
In an effort to streamline my business and protect your privacy, I do not currently accept insurance. I do provide what is called a SuperBill upon request. This is an official receipt of documentation for out-of-network services that you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Many of my clients have found they can be reimbursed for at least a portion of the costs. I do contract work with a variety of community partners to support clients in need of financial assistance. I am affiliated with Pathfinders Aspen, Triad EAP, and the Aspen Community Foundation Mental Health Fund.
What if we run into each other outside of the office?
Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley are small, and it is likely that we may see each other outside of sessions. I will always respect your right to privacy and confidentiality. If we see each other, I will smile but will not initiate a greeting. You are welcome to initiate the degree of interaction that works for you. You may simply walk by, say hi, or come up and chat. Your privacy and personal space is of utmost importance to me.
What does the first session look like?
After deciding to work with me, if we haven’t already, we will have a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation to discuss presenting problems and treatment goals. I will then forward you the necessary paperwork. Although not required, I encourage you to fill out the paperwork prior to our first session so that we can maximize our time together. After reviewing your intake forms and answering any questions you may have, we’ll be ready to dive right in!
How does confidentiality work?
I am ethically and legally bound to keep the communication and conversations between myself and my clients confidential. I will not share information with other parties unless I have a release of information signed by you, the client. I will break confidentially regarding intention of harm to self or others, or if I have suspicions of child or elder abuse or neglect. If these topics come up in session, I will contact the appropriate parties to ensure personal and community safety. Working with children, teens and families, the confidentiality agreements may change based on the situation and age of the client. In these cases, we will agree on confidentiality with all persons at the outset of treatment.
How does confidentiality work with kids?
Confidentiality looks a little different with kids. It’s important to me to honor their time with me as a confidential space to share and process feelings, but I also like to loop parents in to support treatment. Depending on the situation, I generally outline how confidentiality will work after assessing everyone’s comfort levels and deciding what level of sharing will be most effective. I ALWAYS share information pertaining to personal and community safety to ensure that the appropriate measures are taken to keep everyone safe.
How do I get my kid to attend therapy?
If your child is resistant to coming to therapy, don’t panic! Totally normal to not want to talk to a stranger about the hardest things going on in your life. I generally recommend asking kids to come one to three times, and treat it as an interview for me. If they love dogs, Denali is always an added plus. Generally, once they meet me and see my office, it’s a much different experience than they were anticipating, and they are in!
Do I need to come to my child's first session?
Generally, I have parents drop off their child and sit down for a moment so they can meet me. Parents will have already spoken to me and filled out my intake paperwork online. I find it most effective in the child and I can start to build a relationship and spend some one on one time right off the bat. Often, children are more comfortable with me without their parent in the room. Parents are always welcome to wait in the waiting room during our session.
What makes college transition hard?
It’s not hard for everyone. However, coming from a small, tight-knit community like Aspen, integrating into a different culture and lifestyle can be tough, especially in the beginning. I help students who are transitioning find community where they are, engage in self-care, and still honor their ties to home.
Is online counseling really effective?
Yes! Of course, it depends on the comfort level of the client. Again, the biggest factor for success is a powerful client/therapist relationship, and the relationship transfer to online work. Many recent studies show that online therapy is as effective as in-person, plus the added benefit of convenience in that treatment can happen from home in your pajamas. In some circumstances, online counseling is not appropriate or may not be a fit in which case I will assist in finding an in-person referral.
I want to work with you but live somewhere else.
Don’t sweat it! If you live somewhere else, or even if it’s not convenient for you to come into the office, I offer online sessions over a secure privacy portal. We can have a video session from the comfort and convenience of your home. Just ask to set this up. Please note that Colorado must be your primary residence to work with me online.
You deserve to live fully and free of anxiety, depression, and overwhelm. Seeking professional help is a great first step when you've hit a rough patch or things are starting to feel unmanageable. I work with adults, teens, and children in my Aspen office and online. My expertise and experience shows up in every session to create a safe space for you to explore the changes you are seeking.