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Answers to some common questions


How does the therapy process work for new clients?

Give me a call or send an e-mail, and we'll figure out the logistics together.  I like to conduct 15 minute consultation calls for no charge - this gives us an opportunity to make sure I would be the best fit for your needs.

Following the consultation, you will complete the online paperwork and appropriate consent forms.  I'll send these over and will answer any questions you have.  Once completed, we will set up an initial session in which you can get a "feel" for therapy with me.  In this session, we'll get into what's been happening for you so I can get a basic understanding to help plan treatment.  For one or two sessions afterwards, we'll keep working together on a mutual understanding of your difficulties, and this may involve some questionnaires to fill out or structured interviews.  Then we discuss what diagnoses you may meet criteria for and how everything fits together.  With this mutual understanding, we move towards your individualized treatment plan.  Then we get started reducing your symptoms, improving your life, and getting you what you need!

We will never start treatment based just on a diagnosis.  You're much more than that!  You and I work together to understand what you've been experiencing, as well as where you want to be at the end of treatment.  Treatment starts when we fully understand where we can intervene to make changes, but also when we know what life would look like when things are going right.

Are you able to do Teletherapy? or in-person therapy?

My practice is primarily teletherapy based for your convenience. I also have a small number of in-person session times available each week as well.

Where are you based?

I am based in Salt Lake City, Utah as of Fall 2023. Previously, I lived  in Oklahoma (2019-2023) where I worked as a private practice therapist as well as a Teaching Assistant Professor and the Clinic Director of Oklahoma State University's Psychological Services Clinic.

How long does each therapy session last?

Standard session times range between 45-50 minutes and occur weekly. 

I have a small number of appointments for non-standard times and frequencies. 

For example, if it makes sense for us, we could set up sessions for different time lengths or at different frequencies (e.g., twice a week or every other week).

What types of therapy can we do?

I use several evidence-based therapies. I typically do Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) which involves identifying and modifying your thoughts and behaviors to help make changes to improve whatever needs improving.  While we can't directly change emotions, modifying how we think and what we do can be an incredibly powerful way to change the way we feel.

As an extension of CBT, I also conduct Mindfulness-Based Therapy (to help be more present), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, to stop fighting and start working towards your values), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT, to help regulate emotions), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT, to reduce PTSD symptoms).

What are your rates for therapy?

Therapy rates are $150-200 per 45-50 minute session, based on a sliding scale. Your rate will be determined during the free initial consultation based on your location and income.

Do you accept insurance?

I cannot accept or bill insurance directly.  However, once or twice monthly (depending on your needs), I will provide you with an invoice that contains all of the information your insurance company needs to directly reimburse you.

Essentially, you pay for each session of therapy, I provide an invoice for those payments, you submit that directly to your insurance company, and your insurance company will reimburse you according to your coverage.

How long will I need therapy?

That's up to you!  We can discuss your needs and collaboratively make a plan together.  However, the nice thing about CBT is that it's "time-limited," so each treatment typically lasts anywhere from 8-16 sessions, although for some difficult-to-treat disorders the anticipated  number of sessions may be higher.  Some clients choose to end treatment earlier or later, depending on their needs and progress.  You're never forced into staying in therapy longer than you want/need, and you get to choose when and how to terminate treatment.

What is Psypact? Which states can you provide therapy to?

Psypact is the Psychology Interstate Compact.  It's a set of laws proposed in the majority of US states that allow a licensed Clinical Psychologist to provide therapy across state lines without needing to be licensed in each individual state.

As I am licensed in Utah and Oklahoma and a member of Psypact, I can provide teletherapy to individuals living in most states!  If you are seeking therapy and live in one of the below-listed states, we could work together.

  1. Alabama

  2. Arizona

  3. Arkansas

  4. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

  5. Connecticut

  6. Colorado

  7. Delaware

  8. District of Columbia

  9. Georgia

  10. Idaho

  11. Illinois

  12. Indiana

  13. Kansas

  14. Kentucky

  15. Maine

  16. Maryland

  17. Michigan

  18. Minnesota

  19. Missouri

  20. Nebraska

  21. Nevada

  22. New Hampshire

  23. New Jersey

  24. North Carolina

  25. North Dakota

  26. Ohio

  27. Oklahoma

  28. Pennsylvania

  29. Rhode Island

  30. Tennessee

  31. Texas

  32. Utah

  33. Virginia

  34. Washington

  35. West Virginia

  36. Wisconsin

  37. Wyoming

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