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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is your rate?
    My fee for a 50 minute session is $165. I do not take insurance. I can provide you with a receipt (called a Superbill) for our sessions that you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement. You will need to contact your insurance company to find out what your coverage is for an “out-of-network” provider and how this process works. For more detailed information on Superbills, click here. I reserve reduced fee and pro-bono spots for people who need it. Currently my reduced fee spots are full. Current Fee Schedule + 75 minute initial evaluation session: $235 + 50 minute ongoing psychotherapy session: $165 + 75 minute ongoing psychotherapy session: $235 I do not maintain a waitlist. If you need a reduced fee, here is a list of counseling centers that provide therapy on a sliding scale: Open Path Collective Open Path Collective offers affordable, in-office and online psychotherapy sessions between $30 and $60 (between $30 and $80 for couples & family sessions)
 People House People House offers affordable counseling provided by counseling interns who are master's level students or graduates acquiring experience for professional licensure with the State of Colorado
 Maria Droste Counseling Center Maria Droste Counseling Center supports Coloradans struggling with mental health regardless of their ability to pay by offering income-based sliding scale therapy services

  • Do you accept insurance?
    I do not accept insurance. I can provide documentation for Out-Of-Network benefits that you can submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement (called a Superbill). You will need to contact your insurance company to find out what your coverage is for an “out-of-network” provider and how this process works. For more detailed information on Superbills, click here. I cannot provide this documentation for Medicaid or Medicare. 
  • Do you see people in person?
    No, I do not currently provide in-person sessions.
  • Is virtual therapy secure?
    I use video software that is HIPAA-secure and simple to use. Clients need a standard internet connection and a computer or tablet. Clients do not need to download an app or purchase a program. Clients receive a link and all you need to do is click on the link or copy and paste it into a web browser. Virtual and online therapy offers the benefits of a traditional office setting in the privacy of the client’s own home.

  • Will telehealth/virtual therapy work for me? 
    Teletherapy or virtual therapy isn’t a good fit for everyone. We’ll make this determination in collaboration together when we first meet (virtually) and on an ongoing basis. I’ll be honest and let you know if my assessment is that teletherapy isn’t right for you. The initial consultation and the intake session in particular will focus on assessing appropriateness for telehealth and supporting you to understand benefits and limitations of telehealth for your individual needs.

  • I'm not in Colorado. Can I still work with you virtually?
    No. I provide psychotherapy services in compliance with federal and state laws relevant to distance therapy: in the state where I am licensed to practice and where the client is physically located. So, I can only provide services to folks who are physically located in Colorado. 

  • What is somatic therapy?
    I love using Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel’s words to capture the why of somatic therapy. She says, “the body is our original mother tongue.” Somatic therapy helps you to reclaim somatic fluency and tap into your own unique healing power and intelligence. You’ll learn to value the “somatic narrative” told through posture, breath, eye gaze, facial expression, and movement—and open up the possibility of new relationships with yourself and others. We’ll use a “body to body” conversation between the therapist and the client to bring new awareness to habits/procedures and types of memory that do not operate within conscious awareness; we’ll make the implicit explicit, the unseen seen. 
 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, Synergetic Play Therapy, and trauma-sensitive yoga are all somatic therapy approaches.
  • What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?
    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered attachment-focused holistic approach that leverages the innate drive in all living things to heal, adapt, and develop new capacities. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy emphasizes the wisdom of the body and relationship to foster safety and heal from the aftermath of adverse experiences. 
 Learn more about Sensorimotor Psychotherapy here and through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. I am a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist — the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute uses this designation to identify Certified Graduates who have achieved competency of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method and who hold legally accepted credentials in the mental health field. Certification includes completion of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Levels 1, 2, and 3 over the course of about 3 years.
  • What is EMDR Therapy?
    EMDR Therapy, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a body/mind integrated therapy that mobilizes the body’s innate drive to heal. EMDR helps to access memory networks and changes the way memories are stored so that a person can move from emotional activation to a more grounded and regulated experience with adverse memories. 

 I trained in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR (SAFE EMDR), an EMDR approach that considers the strengths and challenges of a person’s relationship history in order to work with their relationship patterns and experience of embodiment with compassion. 
 Learn more about EMDR and SAFE EMDR. I am EMDR Certified. EMDR Certification is a credential for EMDR trained clinicians who have practiced EMDR with a certain number of clients, obtained additional consultation on their use of EMDR with clients, obtained recommendations from peers in the field, and completed advanced coursework (continuing education) in EMDR.
  • How does somatic therapy or EMDR work online?
    Both somatic therapy and EMDR are traditionally in-person modalities that lend themselves well to a video/virtual format. Both modalities use mindfulness to integrate left brain techniques (e.g. talking, cognitive processing) with right brain techniques (e.g. feelings, perceptual and bodily sensation, movement, gesture, etc.). The therapist and client can see and hear one another in real time. Together, we create an agreement about how we use the video since we’re working with movement, gesture, posture and a “body to body” conversation between the therapist and the client. 
 Instead of abstracting the body from our communication (as sometimes happens, for example, during a work-related videoconference) we use the skills of Somatic Therapy and EMDR to call in the body as an essential tool in the work of meaning making. 
 I feel excited about the opportunities available to us when I meet with you (virtually) in your home environment (perhaps this is due to my years working as an in-home therapist). I find this format adds value to the therapy experience. Many clients report that the online format offers them the opportunity to practice skills in their own environment and this makes it easier to integrate into daily life. Some clients say virtual therapy helps them to become more aware of and communicate about their interpersonal boundary needs. 
 Just like an in-person session, we’ll both agree to silence our phones and any other distractions on the computer so we can be fully present during your session.

  • What are your specific qualifications?
    I recognize my qualifications are important — and there is a significant body of research that shows the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor to support change. So please check out my qualifications and consider scheduling a consultation to also check out relational fit. I hold a Master's in Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I'm a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and EMDR Certified. The DynamicTrio: EMDR, Positive Psychology, & Somatic Coaching, EMDRIA-Approved EMDR training, the Mindfulness Coaching School, Sherri Felton LPC, online: March-April 2024 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 3: Advanced Integrative Training, Kekuni Minton PhD & Laia Jorba LPC, Denver, CO: Dec 2021 - Dec 2022 Looking Through The Eyes: EMDR & Ego State Therapy Across the Dissociative Continuum, EMDRIA-Approved EMDR training, Sandra Paulsen PhD, Online, Dec 2021 Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, ICEEFT, Robert Allan, LPC and Sandra Taylor, PhD, Denver, CO: Oct - Nov 2021 When There Are No Words: Reprocessing Early Trauma & Neglect Held in Implicit Memory, EMDRIA-Approved EMDR training, Sandra Paulsen PhD, Online, Oct 2021 Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Basic Training, EMDRIA-Approved EMDR training, Erica Bonham LPC, Denver, CO: Feb 2020 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 2: Emotion Processing, Meaning Making, & Attachment Repair, Kekuni Minton PhD & Jennifer Gardner LISCW, Denver, CO: Sept 2019 - Nov 2020 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory, Kekuni Minton PhD & Brigitta Karelis LPC, Denver, CO: Sept 2018 - June 2019 Trauma Systems Therapy, Susan Hanson LCSW, Thornton, CO: March 2017 and Nov 2017 Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), Candice Leimkuhler LPC, Thornton, CO: Oct 2017 Neurobiology of Trauma, Dr. Chris Wilson PsyD, Brighton, CO: Aug 2017 6-day Synergetic Play Therapy Training, Judith Norman LPC & Kathryn Clarke LPC, Boulder, CO: Jan 2017 Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth, Ivy Katz, Street Yoga, Denver, CO: Sept 2016 Healing Trauma through Yoga, The Trauma Center, David Emerson, online: June 2016 Evidence Based Yoga Mood Support, Michelle Walden & Kelly Larsen, Denver, CO: July 2014 Adaptive Yoga for Children, Gretchen Blackmer, Denver CO: Sept 2012 Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Michelle Fury, Denver, CO: Nov 2011 108 hour Children’s Yoga Training, Prana Yoga & Ayurveda Mandala, Denver, CO: Oct 2011 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, Axis Yoga Trainings, Denver, CO: Dec 2010 - June 2011

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