Work with Me

This is a picture of part of my office. It's very living-room like!
This is a picture of part of my office. It’s very living-room like

Yes, I have a few slots open right now!

 

Who works with me?

Many of my clients are successful professionals who are having difficulty in their relationships. I’ve had clients who are business owners, nurses, scientists, doctors, lawyers, teachers, massage therapists, healing professionals, and, of course, professors and grad students.  Most look as if they’re feeling and doing fine. And yet, they experience deep pain in close relationships, have difficulty with feeling connected to themselves and to others, and often give to others but have a hard time finding their own voice and their own needs.

These are people who have had a good deal of success in their life, but who have areas of long standing areas of pain, struggle, and who may feel empty or alone in spite of everything.

“What can we accomplish together?”

I believe that therapy is more than just finding coping strategies, more than making your problems endurable. All human beings are hardwired for healing and connection.  I aim to help you to find deep resolution and deep connection.

We’re likely to be a great match if:

  • You’ve read some of my writing and watched a video, and felt like this could be a good match. (New clients tell me all the time that I’m exactly how I am in videos in person, except, of course, that my responses are much more personalized!)
  • You’ve enjoyed other therapies, but are looking for something a bit different from what you’ve already done.
  • You’re highly sensitive and want someone who gets that piece of the puzzle.
  • Past counselors have offered you cognitive strategies or reflective listening, and you’d like something that is a bit more interactive.
  • You’re in a good position in your life to make time for in-depth counseling. You can attend sessions most weeks, and you can pay for therapy on an ongoing basis.
  • You’ve felt like some of your biggest feelings or issues were overlooked in other therapies.
  • You felt like your smarts had to stay out of the room in other therapies, and the encouragement to simply talk and feel didn’t quite address your intellect.
  • OR the opposite: Your other counselors were TOO focused on your thoughts and didn’t guide you into more deeply felt experiences.
  • You have feelings and behaviors that bewilder you, and you want to learn about those and find new ways through those moments. You’re hoping for a therapy that can reach places of pain that you maybe haven’t had lots of words for, or that words and insight alone just didn’t really reach.

You should know that not everyone is a match for my services. In fairness to you, I want you to be able to tell if this won’t be a fit.

I won’t be quite the right fit for you if:

  • You’re looking for quick solutions that don’t “go too deep or take very long.” (Clients of mine usually see results that they and those close to them notice within the first month, but they also have the patience and insight to be aware that we’re starting a journey together rather than doing a quick sprint.)
  • You’re seeking a low-fee counselor or one who takes your insurance. (To find someone like that, go to “Psychology Today” and look up counselors who take your insurance or who take low fee clients. There are several counselors like that in the area!
  • You want someone to talk  who will just listen. I tend to listen well, and to also be active in our work and our conversations. I love to collaborate with clients to find the right combination of approaches for them. I want you to talk, yes, and to feel heard — but I want more than that for you, too. I find that the most healing things we do don’t happen just through words, but through new experiences. For that reason, I may interrupt you sometimes and propose different directions — or gently draw your attention to a feeling or to a movement your body starts to make. People are often surprised by the new things we learn by tuning into these different levels of communication!
  • You like to schedule by the session, on an “as-needed” basis. I schedule weekly sessions, and my clients work with me on a weekly basis for some time before spacing sessions out more. Weekly sessions help us to get and keep momentum through the first few phases of therapy.
  • Someone in your life really thinks you should work with me — but you aren’t feeling it.  Trust your sense of who you’d like to work with. Therapy works best when we get to decide who we want to work with.

 

“What’s your fee?”

My clients set up a monthly subscription using paypal, or a debit, credit, or rewards card. Rather than billing by the hour, I bill by the month. My monthly fee is $595, which shakes out to an hourly rate of $138 an hour.

“I’m ready to see you!”

Great! Just follow the steps below to schedule and pay for your initial session ($140). After you schedule, pay, and fill out my question form online, I’ll confirm our appointment, and we’ll see each other soon!

Three steps to seeing me in person:

1. Fill out my brief “getting to know you” form. 

Help Me Get To Know You

2. Schedule your initial session, using the form below. Be sure to specify correctly if this will be in-person or online!

3. Show up at the appointed time! (Online or in person.)My office is at 260 SW Madison Ave, Suite 104-5, in Corvallis.

My phone number is (541)224-6732.

I’m looking forward to meeting with you!