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  • Practice description
  • Policies and insurance
  • Directions to office

  • Practice Description

    I am an active therapist, which means I dialogue by asking questions, educating, and giving reactions in a therapeutic context. I assume that clients are the experts on their lives. I see my role as a consultant and educator with information and more than 20 years of experience to help guide a client to make changes or clarify issues in her or his life.

    My therapeutic orientations blend multicultural sensitivities with feminist perspectives. This means that I help a person strengthen or find her or his own voice and validate their experiences. This validation does not necessarily mean that I share the same reality, but can support a personís way of being in the world that is effective for her or him. I do question assumptions that are very old or the source of restriction or unhappiness. Often therapy is comprised solely of talking. It may include recommended reading and other forms of homework to direct the work outside of the therapy hour.

    Most of my clientele are women and teenaged girls. They are motivated and in therapy on their own volition believing that help will facilitate the changes they seek in their life. Some people enter therapy in crisis, other people enter in order to prevent a predictable crisis. Some people seek therapy to better understand why they repeat certain patterns or to integrate different and sometimes complex parts of their life.

    I am cautious about medication; many difficulties are the product of behavioral choices, thought patterns and or life experiences. I firmly believe, however, that medication can be helpful if not essential to minimizing the damage of depression and anxiety, reversing the course of these debilitating states, as well as allowing oneís efforts towards healing to be productive more quickly. I can work with a personís physician or recommend psychiatrists to provide a medication evaluation.

    When I return a referral call, I often spend 15 to 20 minutes to determine if it makes sense to meet in person. If I do not grasp some essential aspect of the callerís issues in this time, I will refer them to someone else. When I do offer a first appointment (intake), I am fairly certain that I have the ability to understand the issues the person is trying to resolve and the skills to reach her or his goals. The first session lasts 60 minutes. I assess the presenting issues and start to formulate a plan. It is rare that I will not agree to continue to meet with a person after the phone consultation and intake meeting. Thus, the client makes a decision whether or not to return to work together at this point. I usually start on a weekly basis to facilitate fuller understanding of the issues and to gain momentum. Depending on the presenting issues, this schedule may change to every other week or occasionally, once a month.


    Policies and Insurance

    My therapy sessions last for 45 minutes. Many insurance companies do cover treatment with me under mental health plans. It is the clientís responsibility to determine if she or he has coverage. I am unable to provide a sliding scale at this time. My fee is $120.00 for 45 minutes. I require 24 hours notice for cancellations; otherwise the session must be paid for in full. I do not take evening or weekend appointments. Therapy is confidential; this means that without a clientís written consent, I do not release information about treatment to anyone.


    Directions to Office

            

    2457 26th Avenue East

    From I-5 north of Seattle: Take I-5 South to the 520 bridge exit, just before the Seattle downtown exits. Get into the right lane and exit at the first exit, Montlake. Stay in the right lane and go across the intersection. You will have houses on your right and the 520 below you. Follow the arterial road (Lake Washington Blvd). After this arterial curves right (two blocks), the office will be on your right in another 2 short blocks just after the large parking lot on your left. It is the last driveway on your right, just before the stop sign.

    From I-5 south of Seattle: Take I-5 North to the 520 Bridge exit, just after the Seattle downtown exits. Get into the right lane and exit at the first exit, Montlake. Stay in the right lane and go across the intersection. You will have houses on your right and the 520 below you. Follow the arterial road (Lake Washington Blvd). After this arterial curves right (two blocks), the office will be on your right in another 2 short blocks just after the large parking lot on your left. It is the last driveway on your right, just before the stop sign.

    From the Eastside: Take the 520 towards Seattle. Take the first exit across Lake Washington, Lake Washington Blvd. At the end of the exit, take a right and turn left into the first drive way (approximately 100 yards).

    From South Seattle: Go north on 23rd Avenue. Once your pass Capital Hill, you will enter the Montlake neighborhood. There is one block of retail shops with a signal at McGraw. Go two more blocks and take a right on Miller. Go two blocks and take a right. Park in the second (last) driveway.

    From Capital Hill: Head over Capital Hill to 23rd Avenue East. Go North. You will enter the Montlake neighborhood. There is one block of retail shops with a signal at McGraw. Go two more blocks and take a right on Miller. Go two blocks and take a right. Park in the second (last) driveway.

    From the University of Washington and neighborhoods north and east: Go south on 25th past Husky Stadium and continue across the Montlake bridge. At the second signal past the bridge, take a left at the corner of Lake Washington Blvd, marked by a gas station and the entrances to the freeways. You will have houses on your right and the 520 below you. Follow the arterial road (Lake Washington Blvd). After this arterial curves right (two blocks), the office will be on your right in another 2 short blocks just after the large parking lot on your left. It is the last driveway on your right, just before the stop sign.

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