Where is your office located?
My office is on the 4th floor of a professional building in Wheat Ridge. Here is the address:
4251 Kipling Street Suite 415 Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
What are your hours?
Due to other personal and professional obligations, I currently see clients only on Thursdays, 9am to 5pm.
How long are your sessions?
The typical session lasts 50 minutes. This allows me to finish up and prepare for the next client.
What do you charge?
My fee is $125/50 minutes.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not. The reason is because the insurance companies run the show.
The client is diagnosed based on the “Bible” of diagnosis: the DSM V. My belief is that people are far more complex than their anxiety, depression, bi-polar, or personality disorder – just to name a few.
We are all on a spectrum of dysfunction, and I would rather not oversimplify the human experience… or have my hands tied by an insurance company.
How do I set up an initial appointment?
What is your cancellation policy?
Except for special circumstances and emergencies, I require 24 hours’ notice for all cancellations.
If something unforeseen happens, rescheduling within the same week will waive the 50% fee.
What age ranges do you work with?
I work with kids as young as 15 to adults of all ages.
With whom do you work? Men? Women? Couples?
I mainly work with women, but I will also see men. I do not do couples work.
I also work with families who have moved frequently, helping them prepare for the next move.
Is your office handicapped accessible?
There is a ramp on the north side that will take you to the ground floor. After entering the doors (but they did not install handicap accessible buttons), there are elevators at the end of the hall. My office is on the 4th floor.
What do you actually do in session?
After the initial session of intake and goal setting, I use a playful approach to healing that includes the expressive arts.
This includes art, writing, movement, storytelling, paying attention to what the body is saying, and more.
Talk therapy is what is needed to process things or to open up new understanding or a different perspective, but sometimes it’s not enough because we can get stuck in our heads.
Do you take notes?
Yes. I scribble some reminder points that I later transfer into a more cohesive format. This is so that I can remember important points and to make our therapy times more effective overall.
Although, I will say this: I had a therapist who would pause therapy a few times for a couple minutes to write down his notes in session. I found that extremely annoying and interrupted the session unnecessarily in my opinion. I generally write a sentence or two during the flow of the conversation or write a question to bring up later.
Do you give homework?
Sometimes homework is very helpful and can speed the healing process. The goal is to facilitate and support the healing process, but I try to give homework that is both beneficial and fun.
I listen to what the client likes and how they learn. Some learn by reading, others by doing, and still others by writing or some kind of art. I had one client listen to TED talks. Others listen to a podcast or do a personality assessment. Others, who were artists, I asked to do a specific kind of art.
All homework assigned is targeted to the specific individual and his or her needs and preferences.
What is your professional training and experience?
I did my undergraduate degree in theology at Bethel College. My graduate work in counseling was done at Denver Seminary.
I’m also trained in mind/body work, parenting, and communication skills.
Before all that, I was born and lived overseas until I came to the U.S. for college. That gave me a unique perspective on the world and people.
Plus, I also raised four children to be productive, caring, and wise adults.
Will you browbeat me with the Bible and scripture verses?
… because I see that your education was in theology and completed at a seminary!
No, I do not believe that is helpful in the least. Too often the Bible has been used in a stunted way to further a personal preference or agenda. It is a book of wisdom, not rules.
You say you had parenting training. Have you actually been a parent or is it all book learning?
I am a mom of four children, all married now with children of their own. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years and found those to be some of the most rewarding years of my life – naturally, some of the most difficult ones, too.
Parenting is hard work. My training confirmed what I knew and also gave me tools to help other parents.
Why did you live overseas as a child?
My parents were missionaries. That sentence can either be a liability or an asset, depending on the audience.
For me, the experience was enriching. I got to experience the world at a young age, both in South America and Europe… as well as the United States.
My parent’s legacy is beautiful because they (now in their 80s) were loved and are still spoken of fondly. They continue to grow and expand their own ideas of faith, and that is encouraging and inspiring.
Are you LGBTQIA friendly?
I am, but also new to it. I do not consider myself an expert or knowledgeable in the unique pressures and struggles the LGBTQIA community faces.
Do I have to lie on the couch?
Good question! I guess if you are very tired and want to pay to take a nap! But no, that is reserved for TV, movies, and times past. We will sit across from one another.
Should I wear waterproof mascara?
Only if having no makeup smudges is very important to you! It is immaterial to me. In fact, make up or no makeup is up to you – whatever helps you feel the most at ease.