What is the difference between counseling and psychotherapy?
These terms essentially mean the same thing, and I use them interchangeably, However, some may use counseling to refer to less serious adjustment and development issues and psychotherapy to refer to more serious mental health concerns. Feel free to ask me anytime, “What do you mean by that?”
What do all the initials after counselors' names mean?
In Alaska there are a number of non-medical professions that can legally provide psychotherapeutic services. We are required to hold master's or doctoral degrees in a helping profession (e.g., counseling, social work, psychology), complete supervised internships and post-graduate hours, and pass licensing exams. The different initials reflect our chosen training paths. It can be confusing. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor (LPCS). Learn more about me here.
Do you have an office where we could meet in person?
At this time my services are exclusively online. Later next year my practice will expand to both online and in-person counseling.
Do you work with couples, families, or kids?
At this time I work individually with adults 18+ and teens on a case by case basis.
What if I'm outside of Alaska?
All US states regulate who is eligible to practice psychotherapy within their respective borders. I am licensed in Alaska, so I can provide therapeutic services to clients who are physically present in Alaska. If you are temporarily traveling outside of Alaska, we have options on a case-by-case basis for continuing our work. If you live or travel outside of the US, different regulations may apply.
If I'm already working with a therapist, can I see you too?
It may be possible to work with more than one provider at a time. In fact, it's often recommended for people in couples or family counseling to also have their own individual licensed therapist. Please let me know if this is your wish.
Do you prescribe medication?
My license doesn't permit me to prescribe medication, but I would be happy to help you find a medical provider who may meet your needs.
How often will we meet?
There is no one right answer to this question. Most clients begin with one 45-minute session each week as this allows them time to assimilate what transpires and practice recommendations I might give. However, some clients see greater improvement with longer, less frequent sessions, two sessions per week, or shorter, more frequent sessions. Still others may prefer support sessions once or twice a month or only when on R & R -- it all depends on your counseling goals and individual needs.
How are online and in-person counseling different?
Online counseling, also known as distance, telemental, and teletherapy services, requires a willingness to work within the limits of technology as a means of going beyond some of the limits of traditional counseling. I'll help you adjust your equipment and environment to ensure you have the most natural experience possible. I offer this support in addition to your regular session time. Most clients quickly forget that they're talking through video as they settle into their regular routine with me. You might even find that it's easier for you to talk online than in person. Document exchange and payments are handled electronically, too.
What are your hours?
I have flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as my clients are spread across time zones and work varied schedules. We'll coordinate appointment times that fit your needs.
Payments & Insurance
As an out-of-network provider, I am able to offer you highly-attentive services to fit a variety of lifestyles and preferences. You will have two payment options: 1) I can courtesy bill your insurance carrier and you pay only your remaining balance, or 2) you can receive a reduction in my regular rates when you pay in full each session and file your insurance claims yourself. I accept credit, debit, and HSA/FSA cards. I am unable to accept Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, or Worker's Comp. I recommended for your own peace of mind that you call your insurer prior to your first session to inquire about your plan's benefits for medically necessary services. If there are no therapists within 50 miles of you that specialize in what you need, your insurer may designate me "in-network" for reimbursement.