Services Provided

Teens

Youth aged 16 – 18 years old

Being a teenager can be hard – managing school, navigating family, friends, and partner relationships, managing your time and responsibilities – all while working to become an independent adult.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy can be a space to focus on your wellbeing through learning about mental wellness and developing or increasing healthy coping strategies.  We will work together in identifying the goals that are important to you and utilize treatment approached that are based on science.

Why do Teens seek therapy?

Teens may seek therapy for a variety of reasons.  Struggles and stress around school work, difficulties dealing with relationships (family, friends, romantic partners), anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and having a hard time getting things done day-to-day, or because they have gotten stuck in patterns of unhelpful behaviors that aren’t working for them.

As a teen, you are likely doing a lot of self-exploration in determining who you want to be as an individual and therapy can provide a non-judgemental and unbiased space to process that.

Why would therapy work for me?

Therapy can provide a confidential space for you to share your experiences, emotions, and/or concerns judgement-free by a compassionate individual.  As part of the treatment process, we will identify goals that are important to you and use interventions that are effective in working towards your goals.

Confidentiality

The law in Washington State states that individuals aged 13 years or older are able to consent for mental health services themselves.  This means that what is addressed during therapy sessions is confidential and not shared with others (including parents) without your permission.  However,  if there are any safety concerns around plans for suicide, plans to harm someone else, or if someone is harming you, that information will be shared with the appropriate parties.

While confidentiality is ensured to the fullest extent possible, it is often helpful for people who care about you to have some understanding of what you are experiencing to best support you.  We can work together in determining what information you may decide to share with others.

Young Adults

Individuals aged 18 – 30(ish) years old.

Adulting is stressful, and we haven’t always had the preparation or tools needed to navigate life as a young adult.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy can be a space to focus on your wellbeing through learning about mental wellness and developing or increasing healthy coping strategies.  We will work together in identifying the goals that are important to you and utilize treatment approached that are based on science.

Why do young adults seek therapy?

Your path for adulthood may be a little bumpier than you imagined or you may be feeling overwhelmed with college or managing a new job.  Relationships (with family, friends, and significant others) often shift from when you were younger and your previous support system may not be working for you anymore.

We can work on increasing coping and support strategies, address mental health concerns that are getting in the way of your goals, and make adulting a little easier to navigate.

What happens during a therapy session?

I work to maximize our time during therapy sessions by mutually identifying a plan in order to address your needs.  We will typically review goals and strategies from the previous session to see what is working or not working, discuss any new stressors, and have a plan around continuing or adjusting strategies to use between sessions.

Confidentiality

Everything discussed during therapy sessions is covered by confidentiality.  With the exception of any safety concerns for your wellbeing or that of others around you (including any reason to suspect harm or abuse of minors or vulnerable adults), you determine if you would like your information from session shared.

Is therapy right

for me?

If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, it is a good indicator that therapy may be helpful:

  • Significant change in eating/sleeping habits
  • Having a hard time managing emotions
  • Aren’t performing effectively at work or school
  • Struggling to build or maintain relationships
  • You aren’t enjoying activites you have in the past
  • You are grieving a loss
  • You are using substances (alcohol, drugs, etc) to cope
  • You have experienced trauma

It is important to feel like you connect with someone you will be working with.  I offer (and highly encourage) a free 15 minute phone consultation for individuals interested in working with me.

Why Telehealth?

With the increase in safety precautions around the Covid pandemic, telehealth services have helped mental health services become more accessible.

Telehealth therapy sessions can be more tailored to your schedule as there is no need to commute or worry about transporation to sessions.

Telehealth services allow individuals to be able to participate in therapy sessions from a location that is convenient and comfortable for you.

Telehealth has reduced barriers around needing to take additional time off from work, childcare, access to transportation, and limitations around access to services due to location.

Is Telehealth therapy effective?

Research to date has shown that Telehealth is just as effective as in-person psychotherapy (American Psychological Association).

Is Telehealth right for me?

Telehealth psychotherapy services are perfect for any individuals who have a safe and private space for appointments, as well as reliable wifi and a cell phone, computer, or tablet.

Are there situations where Telehealth would not be effective?

Telehealth therapy services are likely not a good fit if you do not have consistent access to internet and a phone/tablet/computer to use for sessions.

If you do not have a private area for sessions, Telehealth therapy may not meet your needs in having a space that is safe for you to speak freely.

Individuals who are in acute crisis are not a good fit for Telehealth services as acute crisis needs are better met by an in-person provider.

Are Telehealth sessions covered by insurance?

Insurance benefits are not accepted at this time for therapy sessions.  If you choose to utilize out-of-network benefits to be reimbursed for therapy sessions, please contact your insurance company to determine what is covered under reimbursement.

What to expect

Starting the therapy process can be difficult not knowing what to expect.  Whether you are new to the therapy process or have worked with other providers, below is information to help prepare you to start your journey to growth and healing.

Before your first session
  • Schedule a free 15-minute phone call via the client portal so we can discuss your needs and if they are a fit with the services offered.
  • Complete all intake paperwork requested in the client portal, then schedule your initial session appointment.
  • Confirm your wifi connection and have a charged device (phone/tablets may need to download an app)
  • Locate a comfortable and private spot for the session
First Session
  • For telehealth appointments – click the link provided for your session and if you have any difficulties joining, please call the listed phone number
  • After introductions, we will discuss the plan for the session which includes:
    • Reviewing confidentiality and practice policies
    • Begin assessment, discuss concerns and relevant history, review questionnaire responses
    • Identifying inital goals for treatment
    • Plan for next steps
    • Any questions you may have
  • Schedule next session
On-going treatment
  • Sessions are typically scheduled weekly or every other week depending on the treatment plan we have discussed and what best fits your needs.
  • We will discuss a plan at the start of each session to guide our time effectively
  • Periodically I will request that you to complete screening questionnaires as additional feedback on treatment progress
  • Review progress around treatment goal(s)
  • Coping strategies are frequently discussed, as well as plans to practice the skills/strategies between sessions
Discharge from services
  • Therapy is not meant to be a forever process, but a place to work on developing the strategies and support to move forward independently
  • Discharge from services is a collborative process based on progress made towards treatment goals 
FAQs
  • If we are not a good fit for treatment, what are the options?
    • Please let me know if you feel that services are not a good fit.  We can discuss what is not working for you and identify a referral to another provider
  • When should I expect to feel better?
    • Change takes time and can be a gradual process
    • Identifying treatment goals will help specify what feeling better looks like for you and will help to know if treatment is moving in the right direction
    • We will also discuss supports and strategies to use outside of our sessions to support treatment progress
  • Feel free to contact me with any questions about services

Contact Us

If you are interested in services, please contact us either through the client portal (click here) or by the phone number listed.  Please note that any email communications are not HIPPA secure.

Address

16521 13th Ave W
Suite 210
Lynnwood, WA 98037

Telehealth services available throughout Washington State.

Business Hours

Mon: 10am – 6:30pm
Thurs: 10am – 6:30pm

**If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, contact 988 or visit the resources page for your local crisis resources**