2500 Willamette Falls Drive, West Linn, OR, USA
Have you ever wished that someone would care enough to really pay attention and really understand?
Have you ever heard a coach say fuck and just be a real person?
Real is how I do things.
Real is where the pain is
and where the healing happens.
I get it, you hate your life the way it is now. There’s a voice in your head that makes you feel like shit. It’s always there and you don’t know how to get it to shut up. You try telling yourself it’s not true or getting yourself distracted, and even if it works for a minute, the voice always comes back.
You’re running thoughts over and over in your head. You’re having trouble making decisions.
You don’t know what’s wrong with you.
Anxiety and depression are fucking everything up and you are out of ideas for how to fix your life…you worry you’re going to hate yourself and your life forever. Sometimes you wonder if it’s even worth it.
Let me help you look inward so you can get to know yourself, heal the wounds–new and old–that feel so sore, and start walking around in the shoes of the woman you know you’re meant to be. When you dare to look inside for wisdom and answers instead of looking outside, you learn who you really are and how to get the voice inside your head to quiet down.
If you want to know more about me or you’re interested in working with me, head over to my website to read more and schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation.
Great question! The answer to this has many parts that all boil down to: not taking insurance allows me to provide you with a better service and typically produces a greater motivation and commitment from clients.
Still, there are more pros and cons…
--Cost. If you see a therapist that is in your network, you only have to pay your copay.
--Monitoring. Your insurance company will closely monitor your progress to insure that you are making progress and getting the appropriate treatment.
--Ease of referral. Your insurance company will provide you with a list of their approved therapists in your area
--Limited sessions. Your insurance company will authorize a limited number of therapy sessions and then based on your progress, will either authorize continued treatment or not. If you decide to continue past this point, you will be responsible for the full cost of continued sessions.
Diagnosis. In order to access your insurance benefit, your assigned therapist is required to diagnose you with a mental disorder. The record of this diagnosis can follow you for years to come and may make it more difficult to obtain insurance in the future. It will also become part of your MIB profile. MIB is the Medical Information Bureau and is the centralized clearing house for health insurance usage – performing essentially the same task as the credit bureaus do for you financial information.
--Loss of confidentiality. If you are using your insurance to pay for therapy, you should be aware that they have the right to know why you are going to therapy and what progress you are making. They have the right to audit your therapist’s files and notes and ask questions of him/her regarding your issues.
--Lack of availability. Due to several of the above issues, many therapists limit the number of their clients who are using managed care benefits and usually reserve their most convenient time slots for private pay clients.
Limited specialties. Many therapists who have developed a specialty in treating a certain type of problem resign from insurance panels in order to focus on client care and developing the niche. This may make it difficult for someone using their insurance benefits to find a particular specialty or a certain level of experience.
Unfortunately, no. My office is on the second floor of a historic (renovated) home in NW Portland complete with a staircase and narrow doorways.
There are a few ingredients to what makes me love wading through the deepest, toughest stuff with my clients: coffee, self-care, my therapist, hope, and more hope. Let me explain.
Coffee, mostly decaf. Sitting across from you while cradling my wonder-woman coffee mug feels like a gift. You welcome me into your pain and I bet some of that pain exists because people didn’t understand, didn’t believe you, or just didn’t show up. Coffee in hand, I show up for you because you’re showing up for yourself by showing up to my office. It’s not really about the coffee at all.
Self-care, seriously. I walk around the block (or a few) or flow through some yoga poses between clients. Yes, I take naps on my couch and yes, there’s real food in the fridge, not just coffee creamer. By listening to my body’s need for movement, food, and rest, I’m able to be on my game when you arrive. The days when I’ve tried to rally and come to work when I’m sick haven’t gone well for me or my clients. When I listen to my body, everyone wins.
My therapist, thank god I found her. I have a person to go to, in addition to my natural support system, to help me figure out the messy middle parts of life. No, I don’t talk to her about your problems.
Hope, keeps us all afloat. That was cheesy. But really, I believe things can and will get better for you. I might not even know you yet but I know nothing in life is forever, so even in the darkest part of your hardest Wednesday, things.will.change. Sometimes the hardest part is figuring out how to get out of our own way.