Counseling and psychotherapy from a strengthening and restorative perspective
My professional mission is to help people grow and strengthen their positive attributes, provide healing restoration where past injury has occurred, and to empower every client to find meaning, purpose and satisfaction in life.
Confidentiality is of utmost importance in my practice. Every effort is made for privacy within the office setting. I am bound by both law and professional ethics to maintain confidentiality of all paperwork and conversations associated with our sessions. There are some potential limitations to confidentiality created by the use of technology (e.g., email, electronic billing for payment of benefits), and to limit this I am not currently using texting as a way to communicate with clients. Legal exceptions to confidentiality include personal safety (e.g., a person indicates an intention to hurt themselves or someone else; known or suspected abuse of a child, dependent adult or developmentally disabled person) and crisis situations. When it is appropriate to share information related to your treatment with other healthcare providers, an Authorization for Release of Information form allows clients to identify whom I may contact and what type of information I may discuss. I will always attempt to let you know should I have cause to disclose any confidential information.
Please see my Notice of Privacy Practices for more complete information related to limits of confidentiality.
Treatment Models Used
The majority of my practice uses techniques associated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). However, I believe it is very important to meet the client with processes that are appropriate to them, and therefore rely at times on the following modalities, models and orientations: Narrative; DBT; EMDR; Reality; Brief Solution-Focused; Existential; Interpersonal Psychotherapy; Eclectic.
I am currently working with individuals aged 13 and older. There are times when family members may be included in sessions.
I welcome people of any ethnicity, gender, sexual or religious orientation, and strive to acknowledge and respect the individual perspective and how it interacts with the concerns addressed in our sessions.
M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Central Washington University, June 2000
Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH00007852), December 2002
National Certified Counselor, July 2007
Accepted Insurance Plans
Kaiser Foundation Health Plans, Premera, Regence, most Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans, Uniform Medical Plan, First Choice Health Network.
If you do not see your insurance carrier listed here, you may choose to pay in full for each session and I will provide you with a receipt that you may submit to your insurance for any out-of-network benefits they may provide. You may choose to call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card and ask for names of covered providers in this area.
If you have questions about insurance coverage, please ask about it when you arrange your fist visit.
Social Media Use Policy
The standard of care for all mental health professionals requires a distinction be maintained between personal and professional relationships, which includes the use of social media. The ethical requirement to keep these two distinct has been specified in all versions of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics since 2014. While I do maintain limited personal use of social media, I ask that you respect my privacy there, as I will respect yours. I will not review your online presence without express approval by you. If you pursue a relationship with me on any social media platform, please understand that I will decline to recognize your request, as it is against the ethical practices of my profession and my licensure (ACA Code of Ethics, section A.5.e; NBCC Code of Ethics, section 19). In short, a mental health professional does not engage in personal virtual relationships with clients.
My office is conveniently located in historic downtown Ellensburg, just a few miles from the I-90 interchanges. Nearby towns include: Kittitas, Thorp, Cle Elum, Easton, Yakima, Wenatchee, Tri-Cities, Issaquah and Seattle.
Please make me aware of any mobility or accessibility concerns you may have when arranging your first visit.