Frequently Asked Questions
Our work together starts with a free consultation. If it is good fit, we then begin with a careful, individualized intake assessment that draws on our expertise in understanding complex problems and the factors that maintain them. We also look at your individual strengths to create a customized plan. Typically, clients and I work together for 3-6 months, assessing progress as we go, though shorter and longer timeframes may be appropriate based on your goals.
Working with an expert in behavior change can be powerful in helping you get unstuck and expedite progress. It is also a significant investment of your valuable time, energy, and finances. I offer 15-minute free consultations to help you figure out if working with me is a “good fit.” After talking, I may invite you to consider working together or provide you with alternative referral options that might better align with your goals.
For now, I have transitioned to a 100% video-conferencing practice using a HIPAA compliant and secure system called Doxy.me. Research shows that virtual sessions can be just as effective as in-person. That said, some people understandably prefer in-person meetings. Once I can safely provide this, I will offer this again to all interested clients. I predict we will offer this in May 2021.
I am credentialed with a limited number of health insurances (EMI, University of Utah Health Plans, and PEHP), and accept Clergy Pay. For clients with other insurances or no insurance, I accept self-pay and would be considered an out-of-network provider. This means you would pay the cost of session at the time of service. The typical 45-minute session costs $175 and initial intake and assessment report is $250. Monthly we can provide an invoice (i.e. superbill) to submit for possible reimbursement from your insurance. I also provide a small number of pro-bono services for those who demonstrate financial need. This is an application process and typically a longer wait. I’m happy to answer specific financial questions during the consult.
I am committed to increasing access to specialty care for those who may not live in major cities. I am licensed to provide psychological services to clients who live in Utah and Idaho. I also maintain an e-passport/APIT that affords the ability to provide services to clients located in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. My consulting services are offered nationally.
Coping with a chronic illness, new injury, or diagnosis is a major adjustment, and it’s typical to experience a stress response. There is overwhelming evidence that stress impacts the onset of some diseases, our healing, pain intensity, and ability to engage in medical recommendations. Working with a health psychologist can enhance your resiliency, overall health, and allow you to focus on what matters most.
In psychotherapy, I draw upon several empirically validated treatments, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Exposure Therapy, Hypnotherapy and CBT. For health coaching and lifestyle interventions, I use the Mayo Clinic Wellness Model.
Because your physical and psychological health are intricately connected, it’s important that your treatment plan integrates input from all your providers. With your consent, I work to collaborate regularly with other members of your treatment team and encourage you to be a key part of this process. This may be phone calls, sharing records and results, or in-person meetings.
Because of the care and intentionality behind the intake process, getting in to be seen usually takes several weeks. If you are in need of immediate mental health care, I recommend considering one of these UNI crisis options, accessing the SafeUT app, or if out of state call 1-800-273-8255 . I can also provide several referral options of for you to explore.
Contact me for a free consult call. I’m happy to discuss any other specific questions to help you make the best decisions for your care.
I do have a background in working with several childhood conditions and typically see clients aged 12+. Contact me to see if I might be a fit or to hear ideas for a referral.
- Go to this link, you should be able to put your email address in there.
- You will get an instant sign in link that is sent immediately to that email address.
- Open that email and click on “sign in”
- In the appointments tab, click “request now” to schedule a new appointment
- Select “psychotherapy 45 minute” or 55 minute if you have been using those visits.
- Select “video office”
- Pick your preferred time and date.