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Frequentaly Asked Questions - FAQ

 Fees

I provide services by credit card (cash payment) only. I do not accept insurance nor do most insurances reimburse. When your register on my secure electronic client portal, they will ask you for your credit card number to secure your appointment time. This card will be automatically charged at the end of the session. My basic rate is $85 per hour (50 minute session).

How does therapy work in my practice?

You have total control over what happens in therapy sessions. I see my job is to support you whether it is a safe place to share all the stuff that is going on, with a nonjudgmental person to reflect and listen - feel with you. Tohelp you sort out the urgent from the important and explore impacts for any possible actions.

I am trained in a technique called Motivational Interviewing, that looks at the barriers to change and provides encouragement - strategies to build a case for why and how you can get ready for what’s next in your life. You may have some beliefs about you or your situation that may not be working well for you, that might be good to explore gently using cognitive behavioral therapy.

We can make use of creative tools from my mind body skills training, like safe place - wise guide guided imagery, biofeedback, active meditations like shaking and dancing, genograms, drawings, relaxation/meditations, music, books, time management strategies, apps that help, storytelling and just holding space for emotions to flow and be honored. This has been proven to help relieve stress and reframe your connection to self. It is especially good for letting go recent difficult events and trauma. These tools will be something you can add to your own self care routines, to keep your body healthier regardless of your circumstances.

I also have a strong background in assessment of workplaces, abilities and possibilities in career paths for people with significant barriers. This allows me to be a good collector of resources and tools to create successful employment plans.

My own educational background & work experience as an employer, state agency worker, and volunteer have exposed me to various relational issues giving me compassion for those issues. Such as lack of access to technology due to lack of training or compatibility, unreasonable demands, working parent issues, harassment, prejudice and really unique personalities.

What does being a supervised intern mean?

As my 4 years of counseling work with the state did not count towards my internship hours for this type of licensure, I am required to gain 2400 hours of experience where I have a more seasoned professional counselor to supervise my process and procedures for your protection. This is done by my meeting with this person ( George Olson, LPC, NCC) several times per month to go over cases and gain input on things to try, or change. In addition to this private work, I work as a volunteer for a non profit agency who provide crisis care to individuals and families.

As a client of an Oregon registered intern, you have the following rights:

· To expect that a licensee has met the qualifications of training and experience required by state law;

· To examine public records maintained by the Board and to have the Board confirm credentials of a licensee;

· To obtain a copy of the Code of Ethics (Oregon Administrative Rules 833-100);

· To report complaints to the Board;

· To be informed of the cost of professional services before receiving the services;

· To be assured of privacy and confidentiality while receiving services as defined by rule or law, with the following exceptions: 1) Reporting suspected child abuse; 2) Reporting imminent danger to you or others; 3) Reporting information required in court proceedings or by your insurance company, or other relevant agencies; 4) Providing information concerning licensee case consultation or supervision; and 5) Defending claims brought by you against me;

· To be free from discrimination because of age, color culture, disability, ethnicity, national origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.

You may contact the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists at

3218 Pringle Rd SE, #120, Salem, OR 97302-6312 Telephone: (503) 378-5499

Email: lpct.board@state.orus Website: www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT

For additional information about this intern, consult the Board’s website.