Frequently Asked Questions
There are many reasons for coming to therapy. For many, it is for symptom relief. For others, psychotherapy is a long-term practice of increasing capacity for self awareness and individuation. Often, the reason is a combination of many things. Some may want only a few sessions, while others may stay in therapy for years, even decades.
Psychotherapy is not about an “expert” telling you what to do. While a therapist has special training that informs the process, a good therapist will listen to and evoke the innate healing capacity within the client.
Sadly, society has placed a great deal of stigma on psychotherapy, portraying it for the “sick,” but historically, people have been seeking out therapists and psychological and spiritual healers for a millennium. Not until modern times, with western society’s emphasis on independence, has asking for support been portrayed as a weakness, when, in fact, it is a sign of courage and strength.
It can be helpful to have some clarity of intention for initiating therapy. While your reasons may not be fully understood at the outset, creating an intention will give your psyche a message that therapy deserves special attention.
I often ask my clients to keep a daily journal, write down dreams, and bring them into sessions. I may suggest that you engage in imaginal dialogues with dream figures or express feelings on paper. Symbolic and creative expression helps bring awareness and integrate important unconscious material.
More than anything, it is most beneficial to come to therapy with an open attitude and a willingness to change. Many of us long for change in our lives yet are afraid to take the necessary steps to make those changes. This fear is not unexpected, as change can be risky. Nevertheless, a willingness to take risks, even small ones, is essential for growth. For this reason, therapy can initially make life more uncomfortable. But not always. There are no hard fast rules. Nevertheless, it is helpful to expect some stretching beyond the comfort zone.
Therapy works best, at least initially, when you come in weekly for sessions. Be prepared to participate in sessions actively and enter unfamiliar psychological territory. To be in an atmosphere of care and support, where you can express your deepest feelings, fears, joys, and desires, is a rare gift.
Therapy is not all serious. Laughter and humor have a place too!
My regular fee ranges from $140 – $160 for 55 minutes. I also reserve several low-fee spots for those economically marginalized; BIPOC and LGBTQ+.
I have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel within 48 hours, you will be charged half your regular fee. For cancellations 24 hours or less, you’ll be charged full fee. Of course, there are always exceptions such as illness and emergencies.
I do not take insurance or bill insurance companies directly. However, if your insurance company covers out-of-network psychotherapy services, you are most likely eligible for some reimbursement. If this is the case, I can provide you with a monthly statement you can submit to your insurance company.
Contact your insurance company directly to find out the scope of benefits covered.
A large portion of my practice is conducted online or by phone. As a result, I see people from many locations outside Grass Valley, where my office is located.
For Non-Therapy Programs
Most of my wilderness programs are offered through the School of Lost Borders. If you are interested in any of these offerings, please visit our webpage at: https://schooloflostborders.org.
If you’d like to enroll, follow the steps on the School’s website.
- Send your deposit and fill out the health and liability forms using the School’s online links listed on the program’s webpage.
- When you’re ready, send a letter of intent to my email listed on the website describing what calls you to this program.
For any programs outside the School of Lost Borders, please get in touch with me directly through this website.
To honor diverse needs and promote accessibility, all program tuition is based on a sliding scale. You can see recommendations on using the sliding scale here.
If the low end of the sliding scale is still too much, scholarship assistance is available; please reach out to the School’s office for more info.
Yes, I enjoy providing consultation and mentoring for those wishing to integrate depth psychology and/or nature-based practices into their work. Please contact me and we can explore what is best suited to your needs/desires.