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  • Do you accept insurance?
    Most of my clients pay out of pocket, OR they use their Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). I do not directly bill insurance companies, and for therapy sessions I am “out-of-network." However, if you'd like to see if your insurance will cover a portion of our sessions I can provide you with a monthly superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please verify with your insurance that they cover “out-of-network, outpatient, mental health services.” The following are some questions you may want to ask your insurance when you contact them: - Do I have Telehealth mental health insurance benefits? - Do you cover out-of-network providers? - What is the coverage amount per therapy session for out-of-network providers? - How many sessions per year are covered? - What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • Do you offer a sliding scale?
    I have a limited number of sliding scale spots for clients with a true financial need (usually low, solo-income single adults or families). If I don't have any sliding scale slots available, I am happy to send you referrals that may be a good match for your budget!
  • What are your hours?
    I currently meet with clients during the following hours (Central Standard Time): Mondays - Thursdays 8:00am-5:00pm (CST) New clients will be offered open time slots within these hours.
  • Who do you work with?
    I work with adults in their 20s-70s and welcome clients of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, and religions. I aim to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere to everyone, and honor the personal belief-systems of each client.
  • You look young, how old are you?
    Well, hmm, thank you! 😂 Since this actually is a question I get frequently (or sometimes people indicate they wish they could ask), I'm happy to share that I was born in early 1983. I'll let you do the math.
  • How long will counseling take?
    For better or for worse, relationships are some of the most powerful forces that form us and change us. A safe and trusting connection with your counselor is a key component of what helps lasting change to take place. It goes miles farther than giving simple “how-tos," advice on life, or suggestions of what to do next. Changing how you live your life is a process. The length of time you spend in counseling will be different for each person. Depending upon their goals, some people need a few weeks, others need several months, and still others need a few years. Most people find weekly or every-other weekly sessions most beneficial to their goals. Counseling ideally comes to an end point when you have experienced significant healing, growth, and positive change toward your goals, or when you have fully accomplished what you came to counseling to do.
  • How do I know if I need counseling?
    Counseling helps you fix things about your life that you don't like. There are a lot of ways to fix problems, but counseling helps to change how you approach the problem (and because of that, it changes the problem itself!). Most of us have at least one issue we have a difficult time changing. Problems such as panic attacks, anxiety, depression, stress, feeling stuck in life, feeling stuck in our job, work burnout, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, anger issues, loneliness and isolation, social anxiety, loss of someone we loved, friendship problems, romantic relationship problems, family relationship problems, or past trauma - just to name a few! If you don't relate to any of the problems I just listed, congratulations, your life is better than anyone I've ever met (and if that's the case, please write me an email and to tell me how you did it!). But if you're like most of've got some problems you've trying to deal with! ​ Counseling helps to change YOU. And when you change, your problems gets better.
  • How will I know counseling is working?
    You start to get more understanding about your current problems You start to get more understanding about yourself and about your family You start to notice your problems MORE (Oops, I know, I know, but this IS a good sign) Your problems seem to get worse (It's only because you're noticing them more!) You start seeing your problems differently than how you've seen them before You start to apply some of what you've learned in therapy to your life You start to have more compassion on yourself You start to have more compassion on other people You start noticing that you react differently to your problems ​You go through a grieving process (seeing things in a different light can be difficult at first) ​You start to experience more personal peace You're less angry, anxious, or depressed You have more clarity You may experience less body symptoms (headaches, stomach aches, tension aches)
  • What if I don't know what to talk about?
    Most people don't know what to talk about at first, and that's okay! I'll help you figure out what we can talk about. Sometimes even when you've done counseling for a long time you'll arrive at your session and not know what you want to talk about. We can always figure out together what to focus on in the session.
  • Do I have to know what I want to work on in order to get counseling?
    Many people come to counseling because they (1) have a sense that something is wrong with their life, or (2) have heard so many great recommendations from their friends and family members. If you have even the slightest "I want something better for myself" inkling, then we have plenty to work with in our sessions together. People who work on themselves become better spouses, parents, and friends. That's a plus, right? :)
  • What is counseling like? Do I lie down on the couch while you take notes and analyze me?
    What? Whoa, no way! That'd be weird. Who'd want to pay for that? Counseling is a little bit like meeting a good friend for coffee (having a friendly, comforting, great conversation) PLUS a little bit like meeting with a doctor (talking to a professional who knows a lot of things about humans). Yes, sometimes people get emotional because we're talking about serious topics, but I'm not analyzing you, just trying to support you and help you get to a new place. Counseling is a process that depends upon you and what you'd like to talk about! But don't worry, If you get stuck or don't know what to do, I'll help you out. People sometimes begin by talking about how they have come to the place they’re in: what's hurting, what’s not working in their lives, what they have experienced, and what they would like to be different. Here's the part that makes this different than just meeting with a friend: We then work together to construct a new understanding of your experience and of who you are. As people, we have a really difficult time understanding our own lives. A lot of healing happens when we talk to someone with a compassionate and objective point of view who knows a lot about the human experience. Sometimes I'll present observations or other points of view that begin to put the puzzle pieces together for us about things that haven't made sense before now. I think counseling can often feel like going to get a massage - ultimately awesome and very relieving, but sometimes there's hard work done on your muscles. Everyone is nervous when trying something new, but I'm here to guide you and help you in your sessions so that you don't have to figure it out by yourself.
  • What if my problems aren't bad enough for counseling?
    One of the most common misconceptions about counseling is that only people with "really big problems" go to counseling. All humans are born with two very big needs - (1) to be perfectly loved and (2) to be perfectly safe. Unfortunately, everyone grew up in an imperfect family and so no one ended up being perfectly loved or perfectly safe. In all the ways that your needs weren't met the way you needed them to be, you became wounded. Not all of your wounds are obvious to everyone, but they all do cause problems in your life in some way or another. The question is not - "how bad do my problems have to be to go to counseling?" The question should be "do I want my life to be even better than it is now?" If you would like your life to be better in some way, then counseling is for you!
  • What if my friends and family don't understand why I'm going to counseling?
    I'm sorry if anyone in your life doesn't understand you for taking the courageous step towards counseling. YAY YOU for doing it anyways! If going to counseling feels too vulnerable to tell other people, you don't have to tell them until you're ready to tell them. :)
  • I don't think you'll understand me or what I've gone through
    Although I haven't gone through everything my clients have gone through, I'm also human and have had many experiences of pain, confusion, and heart-break and the whole range of other emotions and experiences. I might not have experienced your exact situation, but I hope to bring kindness and compassion to my understanding of you and what you've experienced.
  • What if I'm too embarrassed to tell you about my problems?
    A great starting point is getting to know each other first in the counseling room. We can take our time talking about the things that are difficult to talk about. Many, many people have had severely traumatic things happen in their lives. I believe your life stories are incredibly important and should be treated with extreme kindness and compassion.
  • What is career coaching?
    Career coaching helps you increase your happiness and satisfaction in your career. You might need a career coach if you're struggling with these problems: (1) Want to find a new job (but you don't know where to start and/or you're not having success in your current job-searching efforts) (2) Want to change career fields (but don't know what you want to do, and/or how to make the change happen - without going back for an entirely new degree) (3) Want to stay at your current company but you want to change roles or move up in the company (but you don't know how to make that happen) I'm here to help! Most people will think they can gut it out themselves and figure it out and, instead, end up staying FAR TOO LONG in their current situation (Sometimes they stay YEARS too long). Career coaching helps you find a career you love and strategize on how to get there. I you navigate this overwhelming, anxiety-producing process and save you from months and years of spinning your wheels.
  • How long will career coaching take?
    It depends on what your goals are! Do you want to move up in your company? Or keep the same job but change companies? Do you want to change your entire career field? This will all determine how long we will work together. On average, making a plan to move up in your company will take at least 4-6 months. Staying in the same career field but changing jobs will also take at least 4-6 months. Changing career fields entirely will take at least 6+ months. HOWEVER, compare those time frames to how many months or years you've known you've wanted to change, but stayed where you are. (No judgment here, I'm just sayin'!) I can help you move forward. Also, it's good to note the higher-up you are in a career field the longer it can take to find a great job (since there are less options near the top) and interview processes tend to be much longer.
  • How do I know if I need career coaching?
    If you feel unsatisfied in your current career and want to make a change. You might also be: - Unsure what you want to do next, or what career would be a good fit - Tired of applying online and not getting anywhere - Feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the process - Finding your current efforts aren't producing results Let's work together to get you unstuck.
  • Is it too late to break into a new career?
    Honestly, no! But it also depends on what career, and what your expectations are for the process. There's a strategy for getting anywhere you want to go. Don't assume you need an entirely different four-year undergrad degree or a master's degree. When people feel overwhelmed about changing careers, they often think their options are to (1) go get another degree, or (2) stay unhappy in their current career forever. You likely have easier and better options than this, I promise. It just takes having the right strategy.
  • What is executive coaching?
    Executive coaching helps you understand yourself and others so you can clarify and express what your own style of leadership is, feel calm and centered, manage and inspire different personalities to work as a unified team, and allow your team to do their jobs so you can do yours. Executive coaching isn't just for "executives" anymore, but for anyone in any type of leadership position: whether that's in any type of management, C-suite role, or as an entrepreneur. You can talk about the difficulties and challenges you face, without having to feel like having problems is a sign of failure.
  • What types of things can executive coaching help with?
    Some of the most difficult problems we need to solve in our lives, careers, and businesses are PEOPLE problems. Sometimes it has to do with other people - difficult relationships, communication breakdowns, conflict, non-cohesive team dynamics, or people management. Other times it has to do with ourselves - creating work/life balance, growing in EQ and interpersonal savvy, managing internal overwhelm and stress, effective time management, or knowing how to foster a powerful executive presence.
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