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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?
My office is in East Grand Rapids. I will provide you with the address when we schedule our first appointment.
What are your specialties?
I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, and negative thinking.
What age ranges do you see and in what format?

I see ages 16 – adults. This can be individually or as a family. I will selectively see couples if both partners are genuinely invested in working together on their relationship. There are other therapists who are more suited to see couples if one person is thinking of leaving the relationship.

What can I expect in a session?

Our first session will consist of me getting to know you a bit more with you sharing some of your personal and family history. This allows me to assess the best ways we can work with the goals you have set for yourself.

All further sessions will be checking in to see how things have been since our last meeting, following up on anything we worked on previously and working collaboratively to decide on what the agenda for that session will be.

Yoga Philosophy

Breathwork (pranayama) and meditation are great tools to help cope with the stressors of life. The ‘8 limbs of yoga’ is a wonderful tool to use as a template for creating a more balanced, healthy and happy life.

What are your fees?

My fee is $90 per 50-minute session.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations without 24-hour notice will incur the full fee for the session missed.

Do you take Insurance?

No, I do not participate with insurances, but HSA and FSA’s can be used to pay for services. I am happy to share with you why I don’t participate when we have our initial consultation.

How frequently should I see you?
That all depends. I never tell people how often they need to attend, but I can tell you that most people begin with weekly sessions and will decrease to bimonthly when they start to feel better. People will often then reduce to monthly sessions for maintenance and staying the course.

How long we see each other is also subjective, depending on each person. I always say that the goal is that you outgrow your need for me, but the door is always open for life events and things that happen long the bumpy road of life, be it every couple of months or once a year to get a tune-up.

Are you LGBTQ friendly?

Yes, I am LGBTQ friendly as well as being open-minded to all religious and spiritual beliefs.

What are you like?

Well, I’m prolific in profanity, for better or worse, and my mouth can let words slip, so let me know if that makes you uncomfortable and I will behave myself. I like to believe what they say that people that swear are more honest.

I’m an introvert. I’m direct, funny, sarcastic and really get into a flow when I teach people new skills.

What makes you different from other therapists?

Not only has it been proven, but I believe that “talk therapy” does not work. If we could just will our way out of our struggles, we’d all already be doing that.

That’s why sessions with me are different from with most therapists. First, I firmly believe in the mind/body connection. We will work with your entire being, your thoughts, feelings and how those manifest in your body. What that looks like can take many forms, but it’s almost always interactive rather than passive.

We will gather baseline numbers as needed for depression, anxiety, and self-compassion, and these give us measurements to track improvement over time.

Then, there are lots to learn about ourselves, and we will do that by learning some basic neuroscience that informs why we do what we do. Once we have those understandings, we now have a new framework to look at the things that continue to bother you.

We will learn many skills including breath work, meditation, self-compassion, shame resilience, distorted thinking patterns, cognitive restructuring, do experiential exercises that can help to resolve trauma from incidents as well as our childhood wounds, just to name a few.

You will also be given assignments to practice outside of my office as we have to do something different for things to change. You will have an accountability partner in me to help you stay on track to build new, healthier habits and coping skills.

Are you available for public speaking or facilitating groups?

Yes! I love teaching to groups and larger audiences. I have presented to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Spectrum Health on topics ranging from emotional intelligence to trauma.